Santee, South Carolina

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Santee, South Carolina
The 18th hole at the Santee-Cooper Country Club, showing the I-95 causeway crossing Lake Marion at Santee
The 18th hole at the Santee-Cooper Country Club, showing the I-95 causeway crossing Lake Marion at Santee
"It's a Brand New Day in Santee"
Location in Orangeburg County, South Carolina
Coordinates: 33°29′N 80°29′W / 33.483°N 80.483°W / 33.483; -80.483Coordinates: 33°29′N 80°29′W / 33.483°N 80.483°W / 33.483; -80.483
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
 • Total2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
138 ft (41.14 m)
 • Total740
 • Density368/sq mi (142.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)803
FIPS code45-63790[1]
GNIS feature ID1231775[2]

Santee is a town in Orangeburg County along the Santee River Valley in central South Carolina, United States. It has become a resort town of note located centrally north-south along the Atlantic Seaboard of South Carolina; the region has been rural, with a primarily agricultural economy typical of Orangeburg County, but is now known primarily for its several golf courses in proximity to Lake Marion, Santee State Park and other Lake Marion attractions. Interstate 95 connects its attractions easily with tourists traveling by automobile. I-95 crosses a narrow arm of the lake into the town lands, along a causeway. Lake Marion is a man-made hydroelectric reservoir, which at 110,000 acres (450 km2, 173 sq mi) is one of the fifty largest lakes in the country.

The population was 740 at the 2000 census; the town has been undergoing economic and population growth, and development as rural niches are supplanted by bedroom communities.

Construction of the Santee Cooper Regional Water System can provide millions of gallons of potable water per day to the surrounding five counties centered about Santee; the system was coordinated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, USEPA, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce. The plant was completed and operational as of 1 June 2008. Work to connect the plant to the five counties (Berkeley, Orangeburg, Dorchester, Calhoun, and Sumter) is underway and being overseen and funded by the same parties. Currently, the RWS serves the town of Santee, with pipeline rapidly being installed to other locations.[3] Incoming businesses from this project are projected to bring thousands of jobs to the area.[4]

The Lake Marion High School & Technology Center is located in the town.


Santee is located at 33°29′N 80°29′W / 33.483°N 80.483°W / 33.483; -80.483 (33.4784, -80.4846).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), of which 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²) is land and 0.49% is water.

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Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016923[6]−4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 740 people, 310 households, and 221 families residing in the town; the population density was 367.4 people per square mile (142.1/km²). There were 394 housing units at an average density of 195.6 per square mile (75.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 28.11% White, 70.68% African American, 0.14% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 310 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 26.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 73.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,292, and the median income for a family was $28,393. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $16,650 for females; the per capita income for the town was $15,353. About 27.5% of families and 32.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.1% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.

Interstate 95 bridge over Lake Marion, Santee, SC; The old (bypassed road) bridge/causeway is used as fishing pier. Man-made in the 1930s on the farmlands and marshes of the Santee River valley, Lake Marion is famous for trophy-quality game fish, especially small and large mouth bass.
New condominium by Lake Marion, Santee, SC


Santee has a public library, a branch of the Orangeburg County Library.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Lake Marion Regional Water System, South Carolina Regional Water Consolidation Study (section)". Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-17. As a result of the study, HUA is responsible for the engineering, planning, design, and construction of a new 8.0 MGD water treatment plant on Lake Marion.
    . The regional water system will serve the I-95 industrial corridor and is being funded by the Corps of Engineers, USEPA, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce; the USDA Rural Development representatives have been involved in planning meetings since the project's inception. Funding applications for the participating counties and municipalities may be submitted to USDA.
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  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Locations & Hours". Greenville County Library System. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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