Pageland, South Carolina
Downtown Pageland
Downtown Pageland
Official seal of Pageland, South Carolina
The Watermelon Capital of World
Location of Pageland, South Carolina
Location of Pageland, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°46′17″N 80°23′30″W / 34.77139°N 80.39167°W / 34.77139; -80.39167
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CharteredJanuary 11, 1908
 • MayorJason Evans
 • Total4.90 sq mi (12.69 km2)
 • Land4.86 sq mi (12.58 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
656 ft (200 m)
 • Total2,456
 • Density505.77/sq mi (195.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code843, 854
FIPS code45-54025[3]
GNIS feature ID1250011[4]

Pageland is a town in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States. It is the second largest town in Chesterfield County. The population was 2,760 at the 2010 census.[5]

It is secondly known as Georgia has/was the first known as "The Watermelon Capital of the World" Pageland adopted the title in 1952 because of the importance of watermelons to the town and its economy. Though last watermelon festival of 2023 all watermelon was shipped in from Florida for The annual Pageland Watermelon Festival it's held every July. Pageland's water tower features a watermelon on the tank as well as many of the towns benches and businesses display watermelons.


Pageland is located in northwestern Chesterfield County at 34°46′17″N 80°23′30″W / 34.77139°N 80.39167°W / 34.77139; -80.39167 (34.771272, -80.391630).[6] U.S. Route 601 passes through the town, leading north 18 miles (29 km) to Monroe, North Carolina, and southwest 20 miles (32 km) to Kershaw. Charlotte, North Carolina, is 41 miles (66 km) to the northwest via US 601 and US 74. South Carolina Highway 9 leads east from Pageland 19 miles (31 km) to Chesterfield and west 23 miles (37 km) to Lancaster. South Carolina Highway 151 leads south 8 miles (13 km) to Jefferson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Pageland has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11.3 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.97%, is water.[5]

Neighboring towns

Major highways


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[2]

2020 census

Pageland racial composition[7]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,135 46.21%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 891 36.28%
Native American 8 0.33%
Asian 24 0.98%
Other/Mixed 96 3.91%
Hispanic or Latino 302 12.3%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,456 people, 1,019 households, and 647 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,521 people, 964 households, and 641 families residing in the town. The population density was 575.4 inhabitants per square mile (222.2/km2). There were 1,071 housing units at an average density of 244.4 per square mile (94.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 54.34% White, 35.82% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.22% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.77% of the population.

There were 964 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 20.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.5% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,046, and the median income for a family was $33,214. Males had a median income of $24,826 versus $18,452 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,190. About 21.5% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.2% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.


In the South Carolina House of Representatives, Pageland is located in South Carolina's 53rd House district and is represented by Republican Richie Yow.[8] In the South Carolina Senate, Pageland is located in Senate district 27 and represented by Penry Gustafson.[9]


Public education in Pageland is administered by Chesterfield County School District.[10] The district operates Petersburg Primary School, Pageland Elementary School, New Heights Middle School, and Central High School.

South Pointe Christian School,[11] a private Christian school, operates in Pageland. It includes classes for preschool through high school.

Northeastern Technical College, part of the South Carolina Technical College System, has a branch in Pageland.

Pageland has a public library, a branch of the Chesterfield County Library System.[12]

Local media

The local newspaper is The Progressive Journal, which is published weekly on Tuesdays.[13] Pageland also is covered by The Link, which is published weekly on Tuesday.[14]

Notable people


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  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Oct 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Pageland town, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  8. ^ "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography". Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  9. ^ "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography". Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Homepage". Chesterfield County School District. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Homepage". South Pointe Christian School.
  12. ^ "South Carolina libraries and archives". SCIWAY. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  13. ^ "About Us". The Pageland Journal. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "About Us". The Link. Retrieved May 6, 2015.