Varnville, South Carolina

Varnville, South Carolina
Varnville, South Carolina

Location within the state of South Carolina

Coordinates: 32°51′9″N 81°4′46″W / 32.85250°N 81.07944°W / 32.85250; -81.07944Coordinates: 32°51′9″N 81°4′46″W / 32.85250°N 81.07944°W / 32.85250; -81.07944
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Hampton
  Type council mayor form
  mayor nat shaffer
  Total 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
  Land 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
  Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 108 ft (33 m)
Population (2000)
  Total 2,074
  Density 548.4/sq mi (211.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29944
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-73600[1]
GNIS feature ID 1251290[2]

Varnville is a town in Hampton County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,162 as of the 2010 census. The town is often twinned with Hampton, as the two communities are relatively close to another and often share civic and cultural events.


Varnville was founded by the Varn Brothers, who sold the right-of-way for railroad tracks through their sawmill in 1872, prior to Hampton County's founding. In 1878, Hampton County was created from Beaufort County, and the site for the county seat was located three miles northwest of Varnville, eventually becoming the town of Hampton. Varnville grew as a result of its close proximity to the county seat as well as its connections with surrounding agricultural areas. In 1993, several scenes from the film Forrest Gump were shot in Varnville, of which some were used to create the fictional town of Greenbow, Alabama.

The Hattie J. Peeples House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[3]


Varnville is located at 32°51′9″N 81°4′46″W / 32.85250°N 81.07944°W / 32.85250; -81.07944 (32.852489, -81.079367).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20152,067[5]−4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,074 people, 795 households, and 539 families residing in the town. The population density was 548.4 people per square mile (211.8/km²). There were 878 housing units at an average density of 232.2 per square mile (89.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 60.32% African American, 38.72% White, 0.24% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 795 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 21.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,357, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $23,920 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,706. About 17.9% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.9% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.


Public education is provided by the Hampton County School District 1. Students attend Varnville Elementary School, North District Middle School, and Wade Hampton High School, all of which are located in Varnville proper. Patrick Henry Academy, located four miles west of Varnville, is the main private school in Hampton County. Varnville also is home to a branch of the Technical College of the Lowcountry for higher education.

Notable residents


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