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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.

People

Total Population 30,183
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 23.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,082
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,170
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,481
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,992

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,650
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $834
Median House Value $175,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 9.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aiken Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles E of Augusta, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Aiken
Metro Area Augusta - Aiken
Standard Zip Codes 29801, 29803, 29805
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29802, 29804
Company Zip Codes 29808
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.56
Longitude -81.719

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)

Station AIKEN 4 NE
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 58 F
Apr Temp 49 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Station JOHNSTON 4 SW
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 54 F
Apr Temp 44 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches
Station AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD AP
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burnettown 2,753 $46,176
Jackson 1,661 $57,813
New Ellenton 2,431 $46,838
North Augusta 22,037 $60,126
Trenton 286 $51,528
Windsor 71 $50,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Aiken Public Libraries

Library
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 PARKWAY
(803) 641-5900
Emergency Service: Yes

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Aiken High Schools

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AIKEN HIGH/AIKEN HIGH ANNEX
449 RUTLAND DRIVE
803-641-2500
Serves 1,569 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

SOUTH AIKEN HIGH SCHOOL
232 E. PINE LOG RD.
803-641-2600
Serves 1,456 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

SILVER BLUFF HIGH
64 DESOTO DRIVE
803-652-8100
Serves 880 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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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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