is a town in York County
, South Carolina
, United States
. The population was 4,014 at the 2000 census.
Clover is twinned with the Northern Irish town of Larne, located on the East Coast of County Antrim.
Clover was founded in the late 19th century, in the vicinity of an earlier settlement called New Centre that had waned at the time of the Civil War
. The village of Clover began as a railway stop midway between York, South Carolina
, and Gastonia, North Carolina
. According to lore, the overflow of water from the railway's water tank fertilized a patch of clover
, and the stop was called "the clover patch." The town of Clover was incorporated in 1887, and it later became the home of several cotton mills, many of which operated until after World War II
Clover is located at (35.112194, -81.226848).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²) of it is land and 0.36% is water.
U.S. Highway 321 comprises Clover's Main Street, which runs roughly north and south, and the town square lies at its intersection with state highway 55.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 4,014 people, 1,517 households, and 1,099 families residing in the town. The population density
was 1,433.5 people per square mile (553.5/km²). There were 1,635 housing units at an average density of 583.9/sq mi (225.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.96% White
, 21.03% African American
, 0.27% Native American
, 0.45% Asian
, 0.07% Pacific Islander
, 1.30% from other races
, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.94% of the population.
There were 1,517 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $37,335, and the median income for a family was $43,276. Males had a median income of $33,945 versus $19,840 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,774. About 13.4% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.
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