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Overview

Introduction to Sumter, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina, in Sumter county, is 40 miles E of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 94 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sumter History

Sumter began as a plantation settlement town. The area was first settled by the Europeans in the 1740s. It was incorporated as Sumterville in 1845. Later in 1855, the name was shortened to Sumter. The city was named after General Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero who was better known as the "Fighting Gamecock." Sumter adopted a council/manager form of government in 1912.

Sumter and nearby Attractions

  • Sumter County Museum
  • Swan Lake Iris Garden
  • Williams-Brice Museum
  • Sumter Gallery of Art
  • South Carolina National Guard Museum
  • Poinsett State Park

Things To Do In Sumter

While in Sumter, one can enjoy shopping at the Colonial Square Shopping Center, Sumter Square Shopping Center, Palmetto Plaza Shopping Center, Savannah Plaza Shopping Center, Jessamine Mall Shopping Center, and Westmark Plaza Shopping Center. It is also worth visiting the Sumter Historic District and Swan Lake Gardens. In addition, the city hosts several annual recreational events and festivals such as the Sumter Shaw Street Fest and the Iris Festival.

Sumter Transportation

Shaw AFB is close to the city.

Sumter Higher Education

Central Carolina Technical College, University of South Carolina at Sumter, and Morris College are the local colleges and university.

Demographics

People

Total Population40,760
Male Share of the Population45.6%
Female Share of the Population54.4%
Senior Citizens15.1%
Employed Population 16+16,848
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.1%
Median Earnings25+$28,885
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,247
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,545

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,395
% Above Poverty Level79.4%
% Below Poverty Level20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone32.4%
Median Gross Rent$748
Median House Value$134,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.9%
Irish7.5%
German7.3%
English6.9%
Scottish2.8%
Italian2.3%
French Except Basque1.7%
Polish1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Czech0.6%
African0.5%
Greek0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Turkish0.4%
Romanian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Arab0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Sumter Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sumter County
Standard Zip Codes29153, 29154, 29150
P.O. Box Zip Codes29151
Phone Area Codes803
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.94
Approximate Longitude-80.39

Sumter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSUMTER
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches
StationMANNING
Distance16.5 miles
Jan Temp35 to 55 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip49.2 inches
StationCAMDEN 3 W
Distance28.8 miles
Jan Temp29 to 53 F
Apr Temp45 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip46.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Lynchburg355$21,875
Manning4,060$32,656
Mayesville595$43,333
Paxville231$42,083
Pinewood490$21,985
Turbeville1,013$39,583

Sumter Public Libraries

Sumter County Public Library System
111 N. HARVIN STREET
Sumter, South Carolina
(803) 773-7273

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Sumter Hospitals

Tuomey
(Non-profit)
129 N Washington St
(803) 774-8601

Sumter Public Schools

Alice Drive Elementary
251 Alice Drive
ZIP: 29150
(803) 775-0857
Primary
Total Enrollment 779
Alice Drive Middle
40 Miller Road
ZIP: 29150
(803) 775-0821
Middle
Total Enrollment 823
Bates Middle
715 Estate Street
ZIP: 29150
(803) 775-0711
Middle
Total Enrollment 702
Crosswell Drive Elementary
301 Crosswell Drive
ZIP: 29150
(803) 775-0679
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Lakewood High
350 Old Manning Road
ZIP: 29150
(803) 506-2700
High
Total Enrollment 1232
Lemira Elementary
952 Fulton Street
ZIP: 29150
(803) 775-0658
Primary
Total Enrollment 559
Millwood Elementary
24 Pinewood Road
ZIP: 29150
(803) 775-0648
Primary
Total Enrollment 686
Wilder Elementary
975 South Main Street
ZIP: 29150
(803) 773-5723
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Willow Drive Elementary
26 Willow Drive
ZIP: 29150
(803) 773-5796
Primary
Total Enrollment 643
Chestnut Oaks Middle
1200 Oswego Road
ZIP: 29153
(803) 775-7272
Middle
Total Enrollment 401
Crestwood High
2000 Oswego Road
ZIP: 29153
(803) 469-6200
High
Total Enrollment 1167
Ebenezer Middle
3440 Ebenezer Road
ZIP: 29153
(803) 469-8571
Middle
Total Enrollment 353
Mayewood Middle
4300 East Brewington Road
ZIP: 29153
(803) 495-8014
Middle
Total Enrollment 135
R. E. Davis Elementary
345 Eastern School Road
ZIP: 29153
(803) 495-3247
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Cherryvale Elementary
1420 Furman Drive
ZIP: 29154
(803) 494-8200
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
Furman Middle
3400 Bethel Church Road
ZIP: 29154
(803) 481-8519
Middle
Total Enrollment 775
Kingsbury Elementary
825 Kingsbury Road
ZIP: 29154
(803) 775-6244
Primary
Total Enrollment 792
Oakland Primary
5415 Oakland Drive
ZIP: 29154
(803) 499-3366
Primary
Total Enrollment 640
Pocalla Springs Elementary
2060 Bethel Church Road
ZIP: 29154
(803) 481-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 857
Sumter Career And Technology Center
2612 Mccray's Mill Road
ZIP: 29154
(803) 481-8575
High
Sumter High
2580 Mccray's Mill Road
ZIP: 29154
(803) 481-4480
High
Total Enrollment 2341

Sumter Private Schools

Berea Junior Academy
675 S Lafayette Dr
ZIP: 29150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Grace Baptist Christian School
219 W Calhoun St
ZIP: 29150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Anne Catholic School
11 S Magnolia St
ZIP: 29150
Elementary
Total Enrollment 118
St Francis Xavier High School
15 School St
ZIP: 29150
Secondary
Total Enrollment 36
Sumter Academy
22 Council St
ZIP: 29150
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
Wilson Hall School
520 Wilson Hall Rd
ZIP: 29150
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 785
William Thomas Academy
1155 Florence Hwy
ZIP: 29153
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 31
Westside Christian Academy
554 Pinewood Rd
ZIP: 29154
Elementary
Total Enrollment 210
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