North Augusta, South Carolina

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North Augusta, South Carolina
Downtown North Augusta
Downtown North Augusta
Official seal of North Augusta, South Carolina
Seal
Motto(s): 
"South Carolina's Riverfront"
Location of North Augusta, South Carolina
Location of North Augusta, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina is located in South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Location of North Augusta, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina is located in the United States
North Augusta, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina (the United States)
Coordinates: 33°30′47″N 81°57′46″W / 33.51306°N 81.96278°W / 33.51306; -81.96278Coordinates: 33°30′47″N 81°57′46″W / 33.51306°N 81.96278°W / 33.51306; -81.96278
Country United States
State South Carolina
CountiesAiken, Edgefield
Area
 • Total20.5 sq mi (53.1 km2)
 • Land20.0 sq mi (51.9 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation
387 ft (118 m)
Population
 • Total21,348
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
23,584
 • Density1,066/sq mi (411.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
29800-29899
Area code(s)803
FIPS code45-50695[3]
GNIS feature ID1231597[4]
Websitewww.northaugusta.net

North Augusta is a city in Aiken and Edgefield counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina, on the north bank of the Savannah River. The population was 21,348 at the 2010 census;[5] the city is included in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

Murphy Village is home to a community of around 2,500 descendants of Irish Travellers, making it the largest population of this group in the United States;[6] the Savannah River cuts through Augusta and North Augusta

History[edit]

The original land area was approximately 772 acres.The city was incorporated in 1906 and sprouted from the pre-Civil War city of Hamburg. James U. Jackson was the cities primary visionary. He traveled to New York several times to receive financial support for the town and built the Thirteenth Street/ Georgia Avenue Bridge (James U. Jackson Memorial Bridge).[7]

In the early 20th century North Augusta was a popular vacation spot for northerners. It's popularity stemmed from its railroad connections and climate. In the Mid 20th century after the atomic bomb and during the Cold War,the city's population nearly quadrupled because the Savannah River Plant was constructed south of town. During this period the area of North Augusta increased from 772 acres to 5,139 acres.[7]

The Georgia Avenue-Butler Avenue Historic District, Charles Hammond House, Lookaway Hall, Britton Mims Place, Rosemary Hall and B.C. Wall House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

North Augusta is also notable for nearby Murphy Village, a community of about 2,500 Irish Travelers that was featured on a 2012 episode of the TLC show, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.[9]

Riverview Park Activities Center[edit]

The Riverview Park Activities Center is located in North Augusta along the Savannah River. Riverview Park is the host site for Nike's annual premier summer events, the Nike Peach Jam (boys) and the Nike Nationals (girls); the nation's top high school basketball prospects and college coaches gather in North Augusta each year for the tournaments.

Geography[edit]

North Augusta is located in western Aiken County at 33°30′47″N 81°57′46″W / 33.51306°N 81.96278°W / 33.51306; -81.96278 (33.512935, -81.962640).[10] A small part of the city extends north into Edgefield County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.5 square miles (53.1 km2), of which 20.0 square miles (51.9 km2) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 2.25%, is water.[5]

Highways[edit]

Education[edit]

North Augusta public schools includes two high schools, North Augusta High School and Fox Creek High School. North Augusta High School is in Aiken County and operates under the Aiken County School District. Fox Creek is an independent charter school.

Two middle schools, Paul Knox Middle School and North Augusta Middle School, and four elementary schools (Hammond Hill Elementary, Belvedere Elementary, North Augusta Elementary, and the newest, Mossy Creek Elementary), serve the community. There are also several church-based smaller schools, such as one at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, one at Victory Baptist Church, and kindergartens at Grace United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church North Augusta; some students attend private schools across the river, such as Augusta Preparatory Day School, Augusta Christian, Curtis Baptist and Westminster Schools of Augusta.

North Augusta has a public library, a branch of the ABBE Regional Library System.[11]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19101,136
19201,74253.3%
19302,00315.0%
19402,62931.3%
19503,65939.2%
196010,348182.8%
197012,88324.5%
198013,5935.5%
199015,35112.9%
200017,57414.5%
201021,34821.5%
Est. 201823,584[2]10.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
2013 Estimate[13]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 21,348 people, 9,003 households, and 4,764 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,213 people per square mile (508.7/km²). There were 9,726 housing units at an average density of 552.6 per square mile (213.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.2% White, 20.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2% from other races, and 2% from two or more ethnic groups. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

In 2000, there were 7,330 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,600, and the median income for a family was $58,472. Males had a median income of $42,089 versus $28,790 for females; the per capita income for the city was $23,099. About 9.8% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): North Augusta city, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Who are the Irish Travellers in the United States?". Pavee Point Travellers Centre. June 2005. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "North Augusta". South Carolina Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "North Augusta episode of 'My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding' was most 'revelatory,' producer says". The Augusta Chronicle. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "South Carolina libraries and archives". SCIWAY. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  13. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 26, 2015.

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