Pontiac, South Carolina

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Population in July 2007: 49,247.
Males: 23,873  (48.5%)
Females: 25,374  (51.5%)
Median resident age:  35.0 years
South Carolina median age:  35.4 years

Zip code: 29223

Estimated median household income in 2012: $72,477 (it was $60,414 in 2000)
Pontiac:

$72,477
SC:

$43,107
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $32,547 (it was $27,139 in 2000)

Pontiac CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $190,179 (it was $121,500 in 2000)
Pontiac:

$190,179
SC:

$135,500
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $225,205; Detached houses: $241,417; Townhouses or other attached units: $123,873; In 2-unit structures: $166,313; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $97,940; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $105,010; Mobile homes: $55,294
Pontiac races chart
  • White alone - 25,877 (58.8%)
  • Black alone - 14,453 (32.9%)
  • Hispanic - 1,523 (3.5%)
  • Asian alone - 1,333 (3.0%)
  • Two or more races - 533 (1.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 116 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 83 (0.2%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 54 (0.1%)
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Pontiac: 158.9 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 400 feet

Land area: 50.7 square miles.

Population density: 972 people per square mile   (low).

Pontiac, South Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Pontiac:

  • High school or higher: 92.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 41.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 15.7%
  • Unemployed: 4.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Pontiac CCD:

  • Never married: 22.2%
  • Now married: 67.1%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 3.1%
  • Divorced: 7.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Pontiac CCD:  0.8% ($961)
South Carolina:  0.6% ($510)
Pontiac satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Columbia, SC (10.4 miles , pop. 116,278).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (75.1 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (515.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Dentsville, SC (2.3 miles ), Woodfield, SC (2.3 miles ), Elgin, SC (2.5 miles ), Arcadia Lakes, SC (2.6 miles ), Forest Acres, SC (2.8 miles ), Blythewood, SC (3.0 miles) , Columbia, SC (3.2 miles ), Horrell Hill, SC (3.4 miles ).

Latitude: 34.12 N, Longitude: 80.88 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 803

Pontiac household income distribution Pontiac home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.0%
South Carolina:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Health care (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Finance and insurance (13%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Computer specialists (5%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Top executives (4%)
  • Engineers (4%)
  • Business operations specialists (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)

Work and jobs in Pontiac: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Pontiac, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Pontiac, South Carolina average temperatures Pontiac, South Carolina average precipitation Pontiac, South Carolina humidity Pontiac, South Carolina wind speed Pontiac, South Carolina snowfall Pontiac, South Carolina sunshine Pontiac, South Carolina clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Pontiac-area historical tornado activity is slightly above South Carolina state average. It is 33% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1984, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 20.7 miles away from the Pontiac place center killed 5 people and injured 49 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 3/28/1984, a category F4 tornado 31.7 miles away from the place center injured 36 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Pontiac-area historical earthquake activity is near South Carolina state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 93.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 94.6 miles away from Pontiac center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 86.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 130.9 miles away from the city center
On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 41.3 miles away from Pontiac center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 209.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Richland County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 4, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Pontiac:

  • ARCHIE DR. COMM. RES. (Hospital, about 4 miles away; COLUMBIA, SC)
  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF COLUMBIA (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; COLUMBIA, SC)
  • PROVIDENCE HOSP NE TCU (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; COLUMBIA, SC)
  • NHC HEALTHCARE - PARKLANE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; COLUMBIA, SC)
  • IDA LANE II (Hospital, about 6 miles away; BENDALE, SC)
  • NORTH PINES COMMUNITY RES. (Hospital, about 6 miles away; BLYTHEWOOD, SC)
  • EDWARD A RONDEAU GENERAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 6 miles away; COLUMBIA, SC)

Amtrak stations near Pontiac:

  • 13 miles: COLUMBIA (850 PULASKI ST.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand.
  • 18 miles: CAMDEN (1060 W. DEKALB ST.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Pontiac:

  • Benedict College (about 12 miles; Columbia, SC; Full-time enrollment: 3,039)
  • University of South Carolina-Columbia (about 12 miles; Columbia, SC; FT enrollment: 27,789)
  • Midlands Technical College (about 18 miles; West Columbia, SC; FT enrollment: 8,916)
  • Central Carolina Technical College (about 33 miles; Sumter, SC; FT enrollment: 3,108)
  • Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College (about 41 miles; Orangeburg, SC; FT enrollment: 2,113)
  • South Carolina State University (about 44 miles; Orangeburg, SC; FT enrollment: 3,481)
  • York Technical College (about 57 miles; Rock Hill, SC; FT enrollment: 3,572)

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Notable locations in Pontiac: Spring Valley Country Club (A), Bells Camp (B), Gray Shadow Farm (C), Clemson University Sandhill Experiment Station (D), Richland Northeast Industrial Park (E), Carolina Research Park (F), Columbia - Richland Fire Department Northeast Columbia (G), Columbia - Richland Fire Department Jackson Creek (H), Columbia - Richland Fire Department Sandhills (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: North Pointe Shopping Center (1), Columbia Northeast Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Pontiac include: Spears Creek Church (A), The Old Country Church (B), Oak Grove Church (C), Mount Pilgrim Church (D), Killian Church (E), Jacob Mission Church (F), Holly Hill Church (G), Ebenezer Church (H), Progressive Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Sesquicentennial Pond (A), Legion Lake (B), Wildewood Pond Number Five (C), North Spring Lake (D), Bells Pond (E), Bruners Pond (F), Elders Pond (G), F Coopers Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Sorghum Branch (A), Tenmile Branch (B), Cumbess Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Pontiac: Sesquicentennial State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Richland County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 62.4. This is about average.

City:

62.4
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.143. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.143
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 4.15. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.15
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.201. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 2.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.201
U.S.:

1.929

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 21.0. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.0
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 16.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 5.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

16.1
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.77. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.77
U.S.:

9.14

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 0.00322. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00322
U.S.:

0.01468
Average household size:
This place:  2.6 people
South Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  71.8%
Whole state:  67.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.0%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

6.4%
Whole state:

14.1%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

3.0%
Whole state:

6.5%
97 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
44 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

People in group quarters in Pontiac in 2000:

  • 239 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 236 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 50 people in nursing homes
  • 46 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 43 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 28 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 15 people in homes for the physically handicapped

Pontiac compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (72%)
  • Utility gas (26%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Pontiac CCD (based on Richland County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 41.60%
Here: 41.6%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents32.5%16.8%9.5%7.4%6.5%
Congregations24.4%15.0%2.8%5.5%8.3%
NameEpiscopal ChurchAssociation Reformed Presbyterian ChurchPresbyterian Church in AmericaJewishOther
Adherents5.8%3.2%3.0%2.1%13.3%
Congregations4.7%3.1%2.8%0.8%32.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 53
Richland County:

1.48 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
This county:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
Richland County:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 145
Richland County:

4.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 252
Here:

7.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.1%
South Carolina:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Richland County:

30.0%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.3%
State:

13.4%

8.35% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,450 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.35%
South Carolina average:

6.90%

0.18% of residents moved from foreign countries ($970 average AGI)
Richland County:

0.18%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lexington County, SC  1.66% ($33,189 average AGI)
from Kershaw County, SC  0.26% ($32,331)
from Sumter County, SC  0.24% ($28,245)


8.29% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,861 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.29%
South Carolina average:

6.53%

0.19% of residents moved to foreign countries ($934 average AGI)
Richland County:

0.19%
South Carolina average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lexington County, SC  1.81% ($38,948 average AGI)
to Charleston County, SC  0.29% ($41,580)
to Kershaw County, SC  0.27% ($36,220)

Strongest AM radio stations in Pontiac:

  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
  • WVOC (560 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQXL (1470 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: METRO COMMUNICATIONS, INCORP.)
  • WISW (1320 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WLGO (1170 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LEXINGTON, SC; Owner: LEVAS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WAGL (1560 AM; daytime; 50 kW; LANCASTER, SC; Owner: PALMETTO BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • WBCU (1460 AM; 50 kW; UNION, SC)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WGCV (620 AM; 1 kW; CAYCE, SC; Owner: GLORY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCOS (1400 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOIC (1230 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Pontiac:

  • WNOK (104.7 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WLTR (91.3 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WMHK (89.7 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE B/CING CO.)
  • W207BQ (89.3 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WWDM (101.3 FM; SUMTER, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WCOS-FM (97.5 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W240AX (95.9 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WARQ (93.5 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WLTY (96.7 FM; CAYCE, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOMG (103.1 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WXBT (100.1 FM; WEST COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMFX (102.3 FM; ST. ANDREWS, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WTCB (106.7 FM; ORANGEBURG, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WUSC-FM (90.5 FM; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA)
  • WPUB-FM (102.7 FM; CAMDEN, SC; Owner: KERSHAW RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WRJA-FM (88.1 FM; SUMTER, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WHXT (103.9 FM; ORANGEBURG, SC; Owner: URBAN RADIO OF SOUTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WFMV (95.3 FM; SOUTH CONGAREE, SC; Owner: GLORY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLXC (98.5 FM; LEXINGTON, SC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Pontiac:

  • WRLK-TV (Channel 35; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WOLO-TV (Channel 25; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTING PARTNERS)
  • WLTX (Channel 19; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.)
  • WACH (Channel 57; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WIS (Channel 10; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • WBHQ (Channel 63; SUMTER, SC; Owner: COLUMBIA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W21CA (Channel 21; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W39CL (Channel 39; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: NATIONAL MINORITY T.V., INC.)
  • W31BS (Channel 31; ORANGEBURG, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WRJA-TV (Channel 27; SUMTER, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • W67DP (Channel 67; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: DOVE BROADCASTING, INC.)
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Pontiac)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
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