Located in the Southeast corner of South Carolina approximately 30 miles East of the I-95 corridor, Allendale, South Carolina, used to be a central hub for rail traffic in the United States. It was positioned at the cross section of a North-South line and an East-West line making Allendale a bustling city with a booming economy. After the establishment of the interstate system, the town suffered from an economic downturn and has yet to recover fully.
Statistically, Allendale compares to some of the poorest counties in the nation.
- Allendale County is home to approximately 10,000 residents.
- 40% of the population live below the poverty level (compared to 17% in SC).
- Median household income is $23,942 (compared to $42,580 in SC).
- Current unemployment rate is 14%
- 90% of schoolchildren are eligible for free school lunch.