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Dillon, South Carolina

This article is about the city. For the county, see Dillon County, South Carolina.
Dillon, South Carolina
First Presbyterian Church in Dillon
First Presbyterian Church in Dillon
Motto: Quietly Progressive
Location of Dillon inSouth Carolina
Location of Dillon in
South Carolina

Coordinates: 34°25′4″N 79°22′5″W / 34.41778°N 79.36806°W / 34.41778; -79.36806Coordinates: 34°25′4″N 79°22′5″W / 34.41778°N 79.36806°W / 34.41778; -79.36806{{#coordinates:34|25|4|N|79|22|5|W|region:US_type:city |primary |name=

Country United States
State South Carolina
County Dillon
 • Type Council-Manager Form of Government
 • Mayor Todd Davis
 • Total 5.23 sq mi (12.5 km2)
 • Land 5.23 sq mi (12.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,788
 • Density 1,340/sq mi (517.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29536
Area code(s) 843
FIPS code 45-19420[1]
GNIS feature ID 1222024[2]

Dillon is the county seat of Dillon County in eastern South Carolina. It was established on December 22, 1888. The name of the city and county comes from John W. Dillon, a key figure in bringing a railroad through the area. The population was 6,788 in the 2010 U.S. census. Todd Davis is the mayor of Dillon, which operates under the Council-manager form of municipal government.


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.[3]

Notable people



  • McLeod Hospital

Wellness center

The City of Dillon also offers a public wellness center. Dillon's Wellness Center is located at 1647 Commerce Drive in Dillon, South Carolina. The $4.1 million facility was built in 2008. It is a 40,000 square foot building that offers exercise equipment, a sauna, gymnasium, walking track, and meetings 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.[6]


Dillon District Four Schools consists of all public schools in the city of Dillon and the town of Lake View. The town of Latta has its own school district which is district three.

Public schools:

  • East Elementary
  • South Elementary
  • Stewart Heights Elementary
  • Lake View Elementary
  • Gordon Elementary
  • Dillon Middle School
  • Dillon High School
  • Lake View High School

Private schools:

  • Dillon Christian School

Secondary education

  • Northeastern Technical College



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Amtrak, the national rail passenger carrier, provides daily service from Dillon with the Palmetto, which runs between Savannah, Georgia and New York City. Trains stop at the Dillon station, originally opened for passenger use by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1904. 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 the business is the oldest "continuously operated" business in Dillon County.[7]


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