Sumter has a colorful history stretching back nearly 300 years. In the 1740s, the first English speaking settlers arrived to establish roots along the banks of the Wateree River. Sumter District was established on January 1, 1800. When the state capital was moved from Charleston in 1786, Stateburg, located on US 76/378 at SC 261, missed being elected the new capital by one vote. The City of Sumter is the seat of Sumter County and the largest city. The city and county bear the name of General Thomas Sumter, the "Fighting Gamecock" of the American Revolution and one of the models for the Mel Gibson character in the 2000 movie, The Patriot. In 1912, the City of Sumter became the first in the U.S. to adopt the council-manager form of government, which is still in effect today. Sumter County's other municipalities are Pinewood, Wedgefield, Rembert and Mayesville.
Located in the geographic center of the state, Sumter enjoys a moderate climate with mild winters. The average winter temperature is 45°F, and the average summer temperature is 81°F. Average annual rainfall is 49.1 inches. Sumter County's population is approximately 108,000, of which 42,000 live in the city.
Sumter offers all the services and amenities of a metropolitan community while embracing citizens with its small-town charm. Golf, fishing and hunting are some of the best in the area, and cultural opportunities abound, with an especially exciting visual and performing arts scene featuring everything from traditional to avant-garde.
For more information regarding Sumter, please visit us online at:
City of Sumter - www.sumtersc.gov
Sumter County - www.sumtercountysc.org
Chamber of Commerce - www.sumterchamber.com
Shaw AFB - www.shawafb.com
Sumter Development Board - www.sumteredge.com
Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority - www.swrta.com