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Aiken

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Things to do: parks, nature, museums
Founded in 1835, the city of Aiken was named after William Aiken, the president of the South Carolina Railroad. The town is the county seat of Aiken County, South Carolina, United States, which was formed in 1871 from parts of Orangeburg, Lexington, Edgefield, and Barnwell counties. With Augusta, Georgia, it is one of the two largest cities of the Central Savannah River Area. It is part of the Augusta-Richmond County Metropolitan Statistical Area. Aiken is home to the University of South Carolina at Aiken. The population was 29,494 at the 2010 census. Aiken was recognized with the All-America City Award in 1997 by the National Civic League.Geography and climateAiken is located at , near the center of Aiken County. It is northeast of Augusta, Georgia, along U.S. Route 1 and 78. Interstate 20 passes 6mi to the north of the city, with access via South Carolina Highway 19 and US 1 .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.0km2, of which 53.6sqkm is land and 0.4sqkm, or 0.68%, is water.
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