Half of all Allendale, SC residents live below the US poverty line and a quarter exist on incomes half that amount.
Allendale County, South Carolina: America's 10th poorest county
Allendale, SC residents more than half as poor as other South Carolinians
Rusted railroad track and businesses like this dilapidated grain operation in neighboring Hampton County, SC explain much about why the economy has been sidelined and unemployment continues to soar not just in south west South Carolina but throughout the State.
With a population with little to pawn and no money to "rent to own" even businesses like this Spartanburg, SC pawnshop that dot the landscape in the rest of the State are virtually invisible in Allendale County.
Where there's poverty there's crime; where there's crime there's fear and unfortunately, rural Allendale, South Carolina has more violent crime than the average American city and as we've documented, the State of South Carolina boasts the most violent crime in the U.S.
So in somewhat more prosperous neighboring Hampton, County, concealed weapons training is available under the water tower.
Learn more about Allendale, South Carolina from the town itself.