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Overview

Introduction to Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken, South Carolina, in Aiken county, is 16 miles E of Augusta, Georgia (center to center) and 125 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Augusta - Aiken metropolitan area.

Aiken History

The history of Aiken dates back to its incorporation on December 19, 1835. The city was named in honor of William Aiken, a wealthy banker in Charleston. The city faced many damages due to the World War but it recovered quickly. In 1870, it began attracting wealthy Northerners. The first train arrived in the city on October 2, 1883.

Aiken and nearby Attractions

  • St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
  • Aiken Tennis Club
  • Hopeland Gardens
  • Virginia Acres Park
  • Aiken County Historical Museum
  • Palmetto Golf Club

Things To Do In Aiken

Aiken is dotted with beautiful parkways and shaded streets for visitors to explore. Tourists can visit the city's various historical mansions or enjoy the folklore. There are several restaurants and cafes in the city where tourists can enjoy a lip smacking traditional treat.

Aiken Transportation

To get to Aiken by air, you can take a flight from Augusta Regional At Bush Field Airport.

Aiken Higher Education

Higher education in Aiken is provided at the University of South Carolina at Aiken and Aiken Technical College.

Demographics

People

Total Population30,403
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens24%
Employed Population 16+12,086
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married48.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher43.5%
Median Earnings25+$37,095
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,762

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,405
% Above Poverty Level82.8%
% Below Poverty Level17.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone31.9%
Median Gross Rent$860
Median House Value$175,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30%
German11.4%
Irish10.5%
English10%
Scottish3.2%
Italian2.7%
French Except Basque2.5%
Polish1.8%
Dutch1.2%
Welsh0.9%
African0.7%
Russian0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Slovene0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Estonian0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Haitian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
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Aiken Almanac

CategoryValue
County Aiken County
Standard Zip Codes29801, 29803, 29805
P.O. Box Zip Codes29802, 29804
Company Zip Codes29808
Phone Area Codes803
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.54
Approximate Longitude-81.72

Aiken Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationAIKEN 4 NE
Distance3.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 58 F
Apr Temp49 to 79 F
Jul Temp70 to 94 F
Oct Temp50 to 78 F
Annual Precip52.4 inches
StationJOHNSTON 4 SW
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp29 to 54 F
Apr Temp44 to 75 F
Jul Temp66 to 92 F
Oct Temp48 to 75 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationAUGUSTA BUSH FIELD AP
Distance19.6 miles
Jan Temp33 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 77 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 77 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burnettown2,767$58,125
Jackson1,559$59,063
New Ellenton2,350$42,474
North Augusta22,310$63,206
Trenton271$50,714
Windsor67$50,500

Aiken Public Libraries

Abbe Regional Library System
314 CHESTERFIELD STREET SW
Aiken, South Carolina
(803) 642-7575

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Aiken Hospitals

Aiken Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
302 University Pkwy
(803) 641-5600

Aiken Public Schools

Aiken High
449 Rutland Drive
ZIP: 29801
(803) 641-2500
High
Total Enrollment 1433
East Aiken School Of The Arts
223 Old Wagener Road
ZIP: 29801
(803) 641-2450
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
J. D. Lever Elementary
2404 Columbia Highway
ZIP: 29801
(803) 641-2760
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
North Aiken Elementary
100 Bears Rock Road
ZIP: 29801
(803) 641-2690
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Oakwood-windsor Elementary
3773 Charleston Highway
ZIP: 29801
(803) 641-2560
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Schofield Middle
224 Kershaw Street Northeast
ZIP: 29801
(803) 641-2770
Middle
Total Enrollment 615
Aiken Performing Arts Academy Charter
130 Avery Lane
ZIP: 29802
(803) 644-4824
High
Total Enrollment 38
Lloyd-kennedy Charter
130 Avery Lane
ZIP: 29802
(803) 644-4824
Primary
Total Enrollment 86
Aiken Elementary
2050 Pine Log Road
ZIP: 29803
(803) 641-2740
Primary
Total Enrollment 830
Aiken Middle
101 Gator Lane
ZIP: 29803
(803) 641-2570
Middle
Total Enrollment 574
Chukker Creek Elementary
1830 Chukker Creek Road
ZIP: 29803
(803) 641-2474
Primary
Total Enrollment 807
Horse Creek Academy
1200 Tooleback Road
ZIP: 29803
(803) 226-0160
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
M. B. Kennedy Middle
274 East Pine Log Road
ZIP: 29803
(803) 641-2470
Middle
Total Enrollment 901
Millbrook Elementary
255 East Pine Log Road
ZIP: 29803
(803) 641-2580
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Redcliffe Elementary
22 Double Springs Road
ZIP: 29803
(803) 827-3350
Primary
Total Enrollment 726
Silver Bluff High
64 Desoto Drive
ZIP: 29803
(803) 652-8100
High
Total Enrollment 677
South Aiken High
232 East Pine Log Road
ZIP: 29803
(803) 641-2600
High
Total Enrollment 1443

Aiken Private Schools

Aiken Preparatory School
619 Barnwell Ave Nw
ZIP: 29801
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 122
First Baptist Church Kindergarten
120 Chesterfield St N
ZIP: 29801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
First Presbyterian Church Preschool
224 Barnwell Ave Nw
ZIP: 29801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Mead Hall Episcopal School
129 Pendleton St Sw
ZIP: 29801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 168
Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School
353 Laurens St
ZIP: 29801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
St John's Methodist Kindergarten
104 Newberry St Nw
ZIP: 29801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
St Mary Help Of Christians School
118 York St Se
ZIP: 29801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 223
South Aiken Baptist Christian School
980 Dougherty Rd
ZIP: 29803
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 321
South Aiken Presbyterian Kindergarten
1711 Whiskey Rd
ZIP: 29803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
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Historic Aiken

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Park in the Pines Hotel between 1900 and 1910

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Park in the Pines Hotel between 1900 and 1910

Wilcox's i.e. Willcox's hotel and cafe c1903.

W.C. Whitney's residence c1903.

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