Camden is the oldest inland city and fourth oldest city in South Carolina, and it is the county seat of Kershaw County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,838, and it is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Starting in the mid-1880s the Camden area became a popular destination for wealthy northern families to spend the winter. Eventually three resort hotels provided state of the art winter tourism activities well into the 1930s and beyond. The town became associated with many equestrian activities and is now the home of the third oldest active polo field in America. In the winter, more than 1,500 thoroughbreds call the area home. Because of its long history and many years of wealthy winter visitors and deep-pocket northern owners, Camden has an enviable inventory of antebellum homes and charm that remains unique among towns of its size in South Carolina and elsewhere.