Comparing the Rise and Fall of Rural South Carolina Towns: Springfield and Blackville
- Rural South Carolina is home to four small towns, including Springfield and Blackville
- Springfield had a peak population of 943 people in 1930 and currently has a median age of 38 and a median household income of 32,600
- Blackville had a peak population of 2,973 people twenty years ago and currently has a poverty rate of 35.8% among children and 26% among seniors
- Both towns have high rates of violent crime when compared to the national average
- Each year, Springfield hosts the Governor’s Frog Jump which draws many visitors
- Blackville has an abandoned building for sale and contains Healing Springs.
Voorhees University and Other Unusual Highlights of Denmark, SC
- Evelyn Wright was a protege of Booker T Washington and was an advocate for higher education for the underserved African-American community
- She founded and built Voorhees University, many of its buildings being part of the national register
- The town of Denmark has a median age of 24 and median household income of 25,900
- 55% of residents have graduated high school, 15% are married and 9.4 violent crimes per 1000 people occur
- There is also a healing spring in Blackfield named God’s Acre which has been deeded to God for public use
- Finally, South Carolina has a high percentage of mobile homes, seen in the trailer park observed by the narrator.
Nikki Haleys Hometown Bamberg—A Look at the Statistics and History
- Nikki Haley, a former resident of Bamberg, was born in the town and has recently been involved in politics
- The town is home to 3,000 residents with a peak population of almost 3,900
- Median age is 53 and poverty level is high at 31.6%
- 38% are married while 23% of women living here are widows
- Crime rate is 8.9 per 1000 people
- Median home value is $75,900 and homes are very inexpensive
- Bamberg has a building on the national register built in 1938 as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal program
- Downtown has no parking and buildings are close to the street which contributes to it being a “dead zone”
- Nikki Haley has been Governor of South Carolina twice and US Ambassador to the United Nations, potentially running for president or vice president in 2024 elections.