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Aiken is a city in Aiken County, in the Augusta metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Willliam Aiken, president of the South Carolina Railroad and Canal Company

The latitude of Aiken is 33.560N. The longitude is -81.719W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 515 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 26,456.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$44,172
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Aiken demographic reports
Aiken is in the Sandhills
Became a fashionable resort in the 1800s, when the wealthy were drawn to the area for polo, fox hunting and horse racing
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 75. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.9 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2007 movie, "Who's Your Caddy?"
Well-known residents have included:
· William "The Refrigerator" Perry, football player
Local festivals include:
  • Western Carolina State Fair - Oct. 18-27, 2007
  • Aiken's Makin' Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
  • Aiken Bluegrass Festival - May 11-12, 2007
  • Fall Steeplechase - Oct. 26-27, 2007
Dates often change. Check Aiken web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Hitchcock Woods
Aiken attractions: Hopelands
Historic sites and museums: Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, Aiken County Museum, Carriage Museum at Rye Patch, Redcliffe Plantation State Park
Colleges and universities: University of South Carolina, Aiken Technical College

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Aiken demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Aiken County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Augusta area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 29801 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Aiken residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Aiken ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Aiken was $23,172, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

38% of Aiken residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Aiken include Aiken Winter Colony Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Aiken, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $432.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $980.


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Libraries in Aiken include Aiken County Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Aiken include Aiken Standard

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WLJK.

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Aiken County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Aiken political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Aiken workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Aiken between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Aiken include Aiken Hotel, Days Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge Aiken, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Guesthouse International Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Howard Johnson Express, Quality Inn & Suites, Ramada Inn ... More hotels.

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