Georgetown, South Carolina

Georgetown is the third oldest town in the U.S. state of South Carolina and the county seat of Georgetown County, in the Lowcountry.[5] As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,163.[6] Located on Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw, and Sampit rivers, Georgetown is the second largest seaport in South Carolina, handling over 960,000 tons of materials a year. Charleston is the largest.

Georgetown, South Carolina
Georgetown harbor
Location in Georgetown County and the state of South Carolina.
Coordinates: 33°22′3″N 79°17′38″W
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyGeorgetown
Incorporated1729
Government
  MayorBrendon Moses Barber, Sr.
Area
  Total7.59 sq mi (19.65 km2)
  Land6.99 sq mi (18.11 km2)
  Water0.59 sq mi (1.54 km2)
Elevation
18 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total9,163
  Estimate 
(2019)[2]
8,742
  Density1,250.29/sq mi (482.75/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
29440, 29442
Area code(s)843, 854
FIPS code45-28870[3]
GNIS feature ID1247888[4]
Websitewww.cityofgeorgetownsc.com
The Harborwalk in Georgetown
A glimpse of downtown Georgetown, looking north from Francis Marion Park

Beginning in the colonial era, Georgetown was the commercial center of an indigo- and rice-producing area. Rice replaced indigo as the chief commodity crop in the antebellum area. Later the timber industry became important here.