Introduction to Orangeburg, South Carolina

Orangeburg, South Carolina, in Orangeburg county, is 36 miles S of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 120 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Orangeburg History

Orangeburg was named in the honor of William IV, Prince of Orange, the son-in-law of King George II of England. The region was first inhabited in 1704 by George Sterling, an Indian trader. In order to encourage civilization in the area, the General Assembly of the Province of South Carolina made the area into a township in 1730.

Orangeburg and nearby Attractions

  • Stardust Amusement
  • Sunlight Community Center
  • Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church
  • Mirmow Field
  • Ellis Avenue Historic District
  • Amelia Street Historic District

Things To Do In Orangeburg

The city has several historical sites and amusement parks. There is something for everyone to do in the city. Shopping centers such as the Edisto Village Shopping Center and Grove Park Village Shopping Center make wonderful hangout places. The city also has many good restaurants and cafes where you can drop in to enjoy the local cuisine.

Orangeburg Transportation

Columbia Metropolitan and Mc Entire Angs are the closest airports to the city.

Orangeburg Higher Education

Some of the colleges in the city that offer higher education are South Carolina State University, Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, and Claflin University.


Total Population 13,685
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 4,645
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 23.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.7%
Median Earnings25+ $27,390
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,512
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,759


Median Family Income $41,340
% Above Poverty Level 69.6%
% Below Poverty Level 30.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 42.2%
Median Gross Rent $659
Median House Value $125,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 2%

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

Orangeburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles S of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 120 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Orangeburg
Standard Zip Codes 29115, 29118
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29116
Company Zip Codes 29117
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.491
Longitude -80.855

Orangeburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 51 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 78 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 35.2 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 80 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Orangeburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bolen Town (29115)

Jamison (29115)

Pecan Way Terrace (29115)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bowman 816 $33,750
Cameron 472 $53,750
Cope 56 $61,250
Cordova 231 $26,563
Rowesville 321 $36,250
St. Matthews 1,947 $63,083

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

Orangeburg Public Libraries

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
(803) 531-4636
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