Bucksport, South Carolina

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Bucksport, South Carolina
Along the Intracoastal Waterway at Bucksport
Along the Intracoastal Waterway at Bucksport
Location in South Carolina
Location in South Carolina
Coordinates: 33°40′2″N 79°6′18″W / 33.66722°N 79.10500°W / 33.66722; -79.10500
Latitude and Longitude:

33°40′2″N 79°6′18″W / 33.66722°N 79.10500°W / 33.66722; -79.10500
CountryUnited States
State South Carolina
County Horry
 • Total 4.22 sq mi (10.94 km2)
 • Land4.20 sq mi (10.89 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total876
 • Density208/sq mi (80.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 ( EST)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 843, 854
FIPS code45-10000 [1]
GNIS feature ID1231099 [2]

Bucksport is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 876 at the 2010 census. [3] It is a rural port on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at the merger point with the Waccamaw River. The port has some services available for boaters and is also home to the Bucksport Restaurant.


Henry Buck of Bucksport, Maine, moved to South Carolina in the 1820s to start lumber mills; Horry County had a significant timber industry with its cypress, pine and hardwood forests. One of Buck's mills was in what became Bucksport. Sawmills in Bucksport and Bucksville produced three million board feet of lumber annually by 1850. Buck used his ships to transport lumber to Georgetown and Charleston in South Carolina and as far away as New York City and Boston, and even to other countries. Lumber from Buck's operation even went into the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. The Independent Republic Quarterly said, "By 1860, due largely to Bucksville and Bucksport, Horry District had become one of the five greatest timber-producing districts in the state." [4]


Bucksport is in southwestern Horry County at 33°40′37″N 79°6′54″W / 33.67694°N 79.11500°W / 33.67694; -79.11500 (33.676876, -79.114896). [5] The CDP extends from the Waccamaw River in the southeast to U.S. Route 701 in the north, with Bucksport Road forming the main road through the community. US 701 leads northeast 11 miles (18 km) to Conway, the Horry county seat, and southwest 25 miles (40 km) to Georgetown. Myrtle Beach, 12 miles (19 km) to the east as the crow flies, is 25 miles (40 km) away by highway across the Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Bucksport CDP has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.9 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.48%, are water. [3]


As of the census [1] of 2000, there were 1,117 people, 359 households, and 285 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 290.8 people per square mile (112.3/km2). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 101.0/sq mi (39.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 2.24% White, 96.60% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.18% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.09% of the population.

There were 359 households, out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 34.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.11 and the average family size was 3.53.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 32.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,038, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $31,618 versus $19,186 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $10,832. About 14.9% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 35.6% of those age 65 or over.


Bucksport has a public library, a branch of the Horry County Memorial Library. [6]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Bucksport CDP, South Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Dickerson, Brad (2011-04-11). "Horry County was lukewarm to secession calls in Civil War days". The Sun News. Archived from the original on 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Locations & Hours". Greenville County Library System. Retrieved 8 June 2019.