Elgin is a town in Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States. It is located approximately 24 miles northeast of the center of Columbia, the state's capital, and is one of the ten townships that make up Kershaw County. As of 2016, the town's estimated population was 2,767. It is part of the Columbia, South Carolina pMetropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km²), all land.
Mainly rural countryside or lightly developed areas, Elgin holds few notable natural landmarks. White Pond has been noted as a landmark on maps since the early 1800s. Recently it has attracted scientific attention from around the world. For being known as one of the deepest ponds in the world. White Pond's undisturbed nature allowed scientists to take various core samples that could be studied for information on temperatures for non-glaciated areas during the Ice Age and of plant and animal life in the area during ancient times.
The United States Census Bureau stated in the 2010 census that the town of Elgin held 1,311 individuals, 521 housing units (of which only 484 were occupied), and 375 families of the 1,311 people 1,095 (83.5%) were white, 146 (11.1%) black, 6 (.5%) American Indian, 3 (.2%) Asian, 32 (2.4%) some other race, and 29 (2.2%) of mixed race. About 5% are of Hispanic or Latino descent.
Of the 484 households, over 375 of them held families and of those families 185, or 38.2% of the total households with children under the age of 18. 61.2% of households were of married couples, 4.5% were only male householders, 11.8% were only female householders, and 22.5% of households were nonfamily residences. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.05 people.
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