Kershaw, incorporated in 1888, is a town in Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States. The Haile Gold Mine, where gold was discovered in 1825, is three miles from town and was at one time the largest single producer of gold in the Appalachian region.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,645 people, and 465 families residing in the town. The population density was 888.5 people per square mile (343.3/km²). There were 771 housing units at an average density of 416.4 per square mile (160.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.68% White, 22.80% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.
There were 690 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,065, and the median income for a family was $41,204. Males had a median income of $30,987 versus $21,827 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,370. About 9.5% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.
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