Anderson County, South Carolina
|Anderson County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 20, 1826|
|Named for||Robert Anderson|
|• Total||757 sq mi (1,961 km2)|
|• Land||718 sq mi (1,860 km2)|
|• Water||39 sq mi (101 km2), 5.21%|
|• Density||261/sq mi (100.6/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 187,126. Its county seat is Anderson. It is included in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson, the county is located in northwestern South Carolina, along the Georgia border. Anderson County contains 55,950-acre (226 km2) Lake Hartwell, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake with nearly 1,000 miles (2,000 km) of shoreline for residential and recreational use. The area is a growing industrial, commercial and tourist center.
Anderson County is the home of Anderson University, a private, selective comprehensive university of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
With more than 230 manufacturers in the county, including 22 international companies, Anderson has a thriving business climate. The top major industries in Anderson include manufacturers of automotive products, metal products, industrial machinery, plastics, publishing and textiles. Two industries that many times interconnect are the plastic and automotive sectors. There are more than 27 BMW suppliers in the upstate, which is recognized internationally as an automotive supplier hub. The plastic industry has a strong presence in the upstate with 244 plastic companies located within the 10 Counties of the northwest corner of SC. Anderson County has 11 automotive suppliers and is a major player in the plastic industry, with 27 plastic companies located within its borders.
Anderson County has a Council-Administrator form of government under South Carolina law. County Council members are elected in seven districts for two-year terms. All seven council seats are open for election every two years.
Anderson County Councilmen are:
- District 1: Francis Crowder (R-North Anderson)
- District 2: Gracie Floyd (D-South & East Anderson)
- District 3: Eddie Moore (R-Belton/Starr/Iva area)
- District 4: Tom Allen (R-Pendleton area)
- District 5: Tommy Dunn (R-West Anderson)
- District 6: Ken Waters (R-Powdersville area)
- District 7: M. Cindy Wilson (R-Williamston/Honea Path area)
The Anderson County Administrator is Rusty Burns (interim).
Anderson County has ten divisions:
- Anderson Sports and Entertainment
- Central Services
- Economic Development
- Emergency Services
- Environmental Services
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 757 square miles (1,960.6 km2), of which 718 square miles (1,859.6 km2) is land and 39 square miles (101.0 km2) (5.21%) is water.
- Pickens County, South Carolina - north
- Greenville County, South Carolina - northeast
- Laurens County, South Carolina - east
- Abbeville County, South Carolina - south
- Elbert County, Georgia - southwest
- Hart County, Georgia - west
- Oconee County, South Carolina - northwest
||Oconee County||Pickens County||Greenville County|
|Hart County, Georgia||Laurens County|
|Elbert County, Georgia||Abbeville County|
As of the census of 2010, there were 187,126 people and 70,597 households residing in the county. The population density was 260.6 people per square mile (89/km²). There were 84,092 housing units. The racial makeup of the county was 80.1% White, 16.00% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. 2.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race according to Census 2010.
There were 65,649 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 45 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,807, and the median income for a family was $44,229. Males had a median income of $32,316 versus $23,834 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,365. About 9.10% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Clemson (territory in Pickens and Anderson Counties)
- Easley (territory in Pickens and Anderson Counties)
- Honea Path (territory in Anderson and Abbeville Counties)
- West Pelzer
- Fair Play (territory in Oconee and Anderson Counties)
- Homeland Park
- La France
- Piedmont (territory in Anderson and Greenville Counties)
- Sandy Springs
- Townville (territory in Anderson and Oconee Counties)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anderson County, South Carolina.|
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- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Anderson County Development Partnership". Andersonpartnership.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
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- Anderson County Website
- Anderson County Convention Bureau
- Anderson University
- Anderson County Library
- Tri-County Technical College