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Sumter is a city in Sumter County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Gen. Thomas Sumter of the Revolutionary War

The latitude of Sumter is 33.920N. The longitude is -80.341W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 171 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 39,790.


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Median household income
Local
$31,590
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Sumter demographic reports
Public transportation: Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 722. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 18.2 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Scottish Country Fair - March 23-25, 2007
  • Iris Festival - May 24-27, 2007
Dates often change. Check Sumter web sites and events links in the sections below.
Sumter attractions: Swan Lake Iris Garden
Historic sites and museums: Sumter County Museum, Williams-Brice Museum, South Carolina National Guard Museum, Sumter Gallery of Art
Colleges and universities: Morris College, University of South Carolina
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 63

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Sumter demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Sumter County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Sumter area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 29152 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Sumter residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Sumter ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Sumter was $16,949, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

23% of Sumter residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Sumter, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $350.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $833.


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Libraries in Sumter include South Sumter Branch Library, Sumter County Library, West Sumter Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Sumter include Sumter Item

TV stations in Sumter include WBHQ, WRJA.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WRJA-FM.

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Sumter County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Sumter political report.

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The average commute time for Sumter workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Sumter between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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