Dillon, South Carolina
Downtown Dillon from the Amtrak station in June 2013.
Downtown Dillon from the Amtrak station in June 2013.
Official seal of Dillon, South Carolina
"Your First Stop in SC"
Location of Dillon in South Carolina
Location of Dillon in South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°25′4″N 79°22′5″W / 34.41778°N 79.36806°W / 34.41778; -79.36806
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
Named forJames W. Dillon
 • TypeCouncil-Manager Form of Government
 • Mayor Pro TemporeDr. Phil Wallace
 • Total5.37 sq mi (13.91 km2)
 • Land5.34 sq mi (13.83 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
112 ft (34 m)
 • Total6,384
 • Density1,195.95/sq mi (461.73/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)843, 854
FIPS code45-19420[3]
GNIS feature ID1222024[4]

Dillon is a city in Dillon County in eastern South Carolina, United States. It is the county seat and largest city of Dillon County. [5] It was established on December 22, 1888. Both the name of the city and county comes from James W. Dillon, an early settler and key figure in bringing a railroad through the area. The population was 6,788 in the 2010 U.S. census.[6]


Dillon County Courthouse, James W. Dillon House, and Dillon Downtown Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


Dillon is located near the center of Dillon County in the Pee Dee region of northeastern South Carolina. The Little Pee Dee River, a tributary of the Pee Dee River, runs just east of the city.

U.S. Routes 301 and 501 pass through the city as Second Avenue, leading northeast 7 miles (11 km) to Interstate 95 at South of the Border along the North Carolina line, and southwest 6.5 miles (10.5 km) to Latta. Interstate 95 passes northeast of the city, with access from Exits 190 and 193. I-95 leads northeast 25 miles (40 km) to Lumberton, North Carolina, and southwest 28 miles (45 km) to Florence. South Carolina Highway 9 passes through the center of town, leading northwest 26 miles (42 km) to Bennettsville and southeast 13 miles (21 km) to Lake View. South Carolina Highway 57 follows SC 9 through Dillon but leads north 14 miles (23 km) to the North Carolina border and south 17 miles (27 km) to Mullins. SC 9 and 57 follow Main Street southeast out of town. South Carolina Highway 34 follows Main Street northwest out of town, leading west 33 miles (53 km) to Darlington.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dillon has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.21%, is water.[6] The Little Pee Dee River flows southwards 2 miles (3 km) east of the center of town.


In the spring of 2018, Dillon Inland Port was constructed, furthering economic growth based on the Port of Charleston.[8]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9][2]

2020 census

Dillon racial composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,475 38.77%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,418 53.54%
Native American 62 0.97%
Asian 40 0.63%
Other/Mixed 216 3.38%
Hispanic or Latino 173 2.71%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,384 people, 2,159 households, and 1,364 families residing in the city.

2010 census

The population grew 7.5 percent from the 2000 to 2010. The city is 53.1% Black or African American, 42.8% White or Caucasian persons, 1.6% American Indian or Alaska Native persons, 1.2% persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 1.2% persons reporting two or more races.

There was a recorded 2,454 households, averaging between two and three (2.57) people per household, as well as 2,916 housing units within the city. Of the 2,916 housing units 13.7% were multi-unit structures. The average value of a housing unit was $101,800 for owner occupied units. The census also showed that the population density of Dillon was 1,299.1 persons per square mile. The land area of the city of Dillon was 5.23 square miles. The median household income was found to be $30,455 with a rate of 30.4% of people living in poverty.[11]


Dillon's government is a city manager-council type.

The current mayor is Corey Jackson.

Wellness center

The city of Dillon offers a public wellness center, located at 1647 Commerce Drive. The $4.1 million facility was built in 2008. It is a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) building that offers exercise equipment, a sauna, gymnasium, walking track, and meeting rooms. It also offers rooms for rental. The exercise facilities can be used for a fee of $5, or memberships are available at monthly rates.[12]


Public education in Dillon is administered by Dillon District Four Schools.[13] The district operates East Elementary, South Elementary, Stewart Heights Elementary, Lake View Elementary, Gordon Elementary, Dillon Middle School, Dillon High School and Lake View High School.

Dillon Christian School is a private institution.

Northeastern Technical College offers secondary education.

Dillon has a public library, a branch of the Dillon County Library.[14]



Downtown Dillon is the intersection of US 301, US 501, SC 9, SC 34 and SC 57. I-95 has two exits to Dillon, and it is planned that I-73 will serve Dillon as part of a future southward expansion.


Amtrak, the national rail passenger carrier, provides daily service from Dillon with the Palmetto, which runs between Savannah, Georgia, and New York City on the South End Subdivision. Trains stop at the Dillon station, originally opened for passenger use by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1904. A second line known as the Andrews Subdivision, formerly owned by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad runs through Dillon, but only carries freight. CSX owns both railroad lines which cross Dillon.


The Dillon Herald is the city of Dillon's newspaper. The paper was established in 1894 and is the oldest "continuously operated" business in Dillon County.[15]

Dillon Observer is an online newspaper in Dillon, South Carolina. Dillon Observer was established in 2020.

Notable people


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  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
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  7. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - SOUTH CAROLINA (SC), Dillon County".
  8. ^ "SC Ports Breaks Ground on Inland Port Dillon". 13 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  11. ^ "Census Quickfacts". Archived from the original on 2011-11-04.
  12. ^ "Dillon City Home Inspections | the Home Inspectors Service".
  13. ^ "Homepage". Dillon School District Four. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  14. ^ "South Carolina libraries and archives". SCIWAY. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  15. ^ "The Dillon Herald".
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