Greenwood, South Carolina
|Greenwood, South Carolina|
|• Total||13.7 sq mi (35.5 km2)|
|• Land||13.7 sq mi (35.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||663 ft (202 m)|
|• Density||1,612.1/sq mi (622.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1245844|
Greenwood is located at .(34.1885, -82.1605)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35 km2), of which, 13.7 square miles (35 km2) of it is land and 0.07% is water.
As of the census 2000, there were 22,071 people, 8,496 households, and 5,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,612.1 people per square mile (622.5/km²). There were 9,373 housing units at an average density of 684.6 per square mile (264.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.10% White, 45.51% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.41% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.52% of the population.
There were 8,496 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.5% were married couples living together, 21.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,284, and the median income for a family was $32,573. Males had a median income of $26,477 versus $21,476 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,347. About 18.1% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.
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Greenwood is governed via a mayor-council system. The mayor is elected at-large. The city council consists of six members who are elected from one of six wards. The current mayor of Greenwood is Welborn Adams.
Festival of Flowers
Every year in June, Greenwood hosts the South Carolina "Festival of Flowers". The festival was originally started in 1968 as an outgrowth of Park Seed Corporation's annual Grower Days, and Park Seed remains a major sponsor of the festival. The Festival encompasses far more than just a standard flower festival, and has also included Jazz concerts, Cessna flights for children, world food, a showcase for classic cars, and even a dog show. There is also a medical symposium, hosted by Self Regional Healthcare during the festival. This event draws many gardening enthusiasts from around the nation. The calendar of events may be found at the Festival Homepage.
Festival of Discovery
The second weekend in July, the Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation hosts the South Carolina "Festival of Discovery." This is a weekend of food, fun, music, and much more as you experience and learn about the history, traditions, folklore, arts and crafts, music and dance, and vernacular culture of Greenwood and the South Carolina Upstate area. The festival includes a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned and South Carolina State Championship cook-off featuring some the best BBQ teams in the country. In addition, the Festival honors the Greenwood cooking tradition of black kettle hash. Also celebrated during the weekend is the rich sound of and tradition of the Blues. The Greenwood Blues Cruise features Blues music at 7 different venues in the downtown.
According to an article published by The New York Times in 2011, Greenwood county experienced the sharpest economic decline, according to poverty rates, of any county in the United States. One of the contributing factors to this decline was the deindustrialization of the textile mills that at one time supported the economy of Greenwood. Over time a large majority of the textile mills were shut down which eliminated numerous jobs from the Greenwood community. Many of the middle-income citizens in Greenwood also experienced lay offs and cutbacks due to the recession. Because of this, many of these middle-class individuals were forced to settle for jobs that they would not ordinarily take. This took jobs that would have been available the poor, uneducated citizens. This is looked at to be a kind of domino effect to the working poor and unemployed.
Greenwood also houses several large industries, including:
- Ascend Performance Materials
- Park Seed Company Gardens
- Fujifilm (North American Headquarters)
- Milliken Textiles
- Eaton Corporation
- Velux-America (Skylight, Roof Window, and Sun Tunnel Sales Company)
- Pepsi Cola
Greenwood contains Self Regional Hospital, one of the largest in the area. Self is known for its high quality Vascular surgery system, Cancer Center, Heart Center, and Neurosurgery among many other things. They offer a Level III Emergency Care Center, that is open 24 hours per day. Self Regional Hospital Homepage.
Self Regional Healthcare also has an excellent family medicine residency program. The Greenwood Family Medicine Residency Program is located at the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine. The program has 30 residents and is considered one of the top family medicine residency programs in the United States. It is an unopposed residency that is also involved in extensive medical missions projects. Graduates of the program practice all over the country, including Alaska. In recent years, several graduates have gone on to do fellowships in obstetrics and sports medicine. The residency program physicians serve as team physicians for several local colleges and high schools. Greenwood Family Medicine Homepage.
Another notable medical establishment in Greenwood is the Greenwood Genetic Center , a nonprofit institute, organized to provide clinical genetic services and laboratory testing, to develop educational programs and materials, and to conduct research in the field of medical genetics.
Designed solely for the provision of specialized rehabilitative care, Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is the only freestanding acute rehabilitation hospital in Greenwood. The facility’s unique design fosters a comfortable and responsive environment for patients. The hospital provides rehabilitative services for patients with functional deficits as a result of debilitating illnesses, or injuries. Through inpatient rehabilitation programs, patients recover quickly and return home with a renewed sense of self-sufficiency.
The city of Greenwood is home to the main branch of the Greenwood County Library . The Greenwood County Library is poised to expand into a new space in 2009.
The city of Greenwood is a part of Greenwood County School District 50 (District Homepage), and offers public schooling up to the Secondary level, including Career & Technology education.
Greenwood District 50 consists of:
- Greenwood Early Childhood Center (formally East End Elementary)
- Hodges Elementary
- Lakeview Elementary
- Mathews Elementary
- Merrywood Elementary
- Oakland Elementary
- Pinecrest Elementary
- Springfield Elementary
- Woodfields Elementary
- Greenwood Christian School
- Eastside Christian School
- Palmetto Christian Academy
- Cambridge Academy
Points of interest
- Greenwood Civic Center
- Lander University
- Piedmont Technical College
- Greenwood Community Theatre
- The Museum Greenwood
- Robert Brooks, former American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos.
- Ben Coates, starting tight end for the New England Patriots NFL Football Team, ranked as 4 in receptions at the tight end position in the NFL all time
- Armanti Edwards, starting quarterback for the Appalachian State Mountaineers football team, and winner of the 2008 Walter Payton Award, given to the top Football Championship Subdivision offensive player. Drafted by the Carolina Panthers with their 3rd round, 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
- Keith Harling, Country music artist
- Gregg Marshall, Head coach of Wichita State University's men's basketball program
- Benjamin Mays (August 1, 1894 – March 28, 1984), minister, educator, scholar, social activist, mentor to Martin Luther King Jr, and president of Morehouse College
- Pinky Babb, Coached Greenwood High School for 39 years and is among the top 20 nationally in high school football victories.
- William "Hootie" Johnson, Former chairman of The Augusta National golf course.
- John McKissick, National high school football leader in coaching victories (Summerville, S.C., High School).
- William Jennings Bryan Dorn, Former U.S. and state Congressman
- Chino Smith, Former Negro League player, named one of S.C.'s top 100 athletes by Sports Illustrated.
- Grainger Hines, Greenwood native and actor, once married to Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and The Papas.
- Bill Voiselle, professional baseball player
- George Singleton, author
- Jerome Singleton, Paralympic athlete
- The Swingin' Medallions, 60s beach music group best known for their hit Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
- Gray Davis, Classical Ballet Dancer American Ballet Theatre
- Gaines Adams, former Defensive End for the NFL's Chicago Bears
- Josh Norman Drafted by Carolina Panthers 2012 as Cornerback out of Coastal Carolina University
- Sam Montgomery(AKA Sonic Sam) drafted by the Houston Texans in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL draft after several seasons with the LSU Tigers
- D.J. Swearinger all SEC conference safety for the South Carolina gamecocks, drafted by the Houston Texans.
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- City of Greenwood: Government Retrieved 2010–09–08.
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- Doob, Christopher (2013). Social Inequality and Social Stratification in US Society. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.. pp. 241. ISBN 978-0-205-79241-2.
- Official City Website
- Greenwood, SC home page via Greenwood County, SC
- Downtown/Uptown Development Website
- Greenwood Regional Visitors and Tourism Bureau
- Greenwood Chamber of Commerce
- Greenwood Community Theatre