Dillon, South Carolina
Dillon, South Carolina
Downtown Dillon from the Amtrak station in June 2013.
"Your First Stop in SC"
Location of Dillon in South Carolina
Latitude and Longitude:
|• Type||Council-Manager Form of Government|
|• Mayor Pro Tempore||Dr. Phil Wallace|
|• Total||5.32 sq mi (13.79 km2)|
|• Land||5.29 sq mi (13.71 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||112 ft (34 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,192.33/sq mi (460.38/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 ( EST)|
|• Summer ( DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||843, 854|
|FIPS code||45-19420 |
|GNIS feature ID||1222024 |
Dillon is a city in Dillon County in eastern South Carolina, United States. It is the county seat and largest city of Dillon County.  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. 
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.  The Little Pee Dee River flows southwards 2 miles (3 km) east of the center of town.
|U.S. Decennial 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. 
Dillon's government is a city manager-council type.
Todd Davis has been the mayor of Dillon since 2007.
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. 
Public education in Dillon is administered by Dillon District Four Schools.  The district operates East Elementary, South Elementary, Stewart Heights Elementary, Lake View Elementary, Gordon Elementary, Dillon Middle School, Dillon High School, Lake View High School.
Dillon Christian School is a private institution.
Northeastern Technical College offers secondary education.
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 is the oldest "continuously operated" business in Dillon County. 
Dillon Observer is an online newspaper in Dillon, South Carolina. Dillon Observer was established in 2020.
- Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 2006 to 2014 
- Alfred W. Bethea, farmer and businessman, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1961 to 1966; American Independent Party gubernatorial nominee in 1970
- John Chavis, defensive coordinator, Texas A&M
- Johnny Davis, two-time PKA kickboxing world champion
- Derrick Hamilton, football player
- Rufus R. Jones, professional wrestler
- Willie Jones, Major League Baseball player
- Kenneth Manning, professor of rhetoric and of the history of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Kevin Steele, former defensive coordinator, Clemson University; LSU defensive coordinator
- Lieutenant General Jack C. Stultz, former Chief, Army Reserve; former Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command
- Robin Tallon, former member of Congress
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