Simpsonville, South Carolina

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
City
Motto: "Character Protected Community Perfected"
Location of Simpsonville, South Carolina
Location of Simpsonville, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°44′0″N 82°15′36″W / 34.73333°N 82.26000°W / 34.73333; -82.26000Coordinates: 34°44′0″N 82°15′36″W / 34.73333°N 82.26000°W / 34.73333; -82.26000
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Greenville
Government
 • Mayor Perry R. Eichor
Area
 • Total 8.81 sq mi (22.81 km2)
 • Land 8.81 sq mi (22.81 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 860 ft (262 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,238
 • Density 2,070.4/sq mi (799.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 29680-29681
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-66580[1]
GNIS feature ID 1250898[2]
Website www.simpsonville.com

Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,244 at the 2010 census, and estimated at 19,056 in 2012.[3] Simpsonville is part of the "Golden Strip", along with Mauldin and Fountain Inn, which is noted for having low unemployment due to a diversity of industries including Para-Chem, Kemet, and Milliken. Simpsonville is home to Hillcrest High School. Simpsonville is also home to the 2008 Little League Softball World Champions.

History[edit]

The Burdette Building, Cureton-Huff House, Hopkins Farm, and Simpsonville Baptist Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

Geography[edit]

Simpsonville is located at 34°44′0″N 82°15′36″W / 34.73333°N 82.26000°W / 34.73333; -82.26000 (34.733375, -82.260001).[5] Elevation 860 ft. The city is located between Mauldin, South Carolina and Fountain Inn along Highway 14 and Interstate 385.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.81 square miles[6] (22.81 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010,[7] there were 18,238 people and 7,079 households. The population density was 2,070.4 people per square mile. There were 7,624 housing units at an average density of 865.38 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 75.7% White, 16.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.9% of the population.

7.3% of the population was under 5, and 11% of the population was over 65. 51.6% of the population was female.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,970, and the per capita income was $25,845. 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line.

Crime[edit]

Simpsonville has a large appeal to middle-class families. While its statistics are higher than national average crime rates, they are drastically lower than major U.S. cities. Violent crimes in 2010 totalled 82 for the year.[8] 2006 statistics of violent crime in Simpsonville reflect there was not one murder, reported incidents of rape were slightly higher than the national average(39 per 100,000 in Simpsonville, with a National Average of 33 per 100,000), and incidents of aggravated assaults were what tipped the 2006 violent crime scales, tallying in at 75% over the National Average. [1] In 2007 the personal crime incidents rate tallied in at 6 per 1000 residents, while the national average was 1.3 per 1000.[9] In September 2007 the FBI reported that the State of South Carolina's violent crime rate was the highest in the nation per capita, although Simpsonville is not mentioned at all in the article.[10] Car theft in Simpsonville was lower than the national average, causing unsubstantiated claims that Simpsonville allegedly has a high rate of car-jackings to be discredited. [2]

Government[edit]

Simpsonville is governed by a Mayor, a City Council, and several boards and commissions. The current officeholders are:

  • Mayor: Perry Eichor* (1st term ends 12-31-2015)
  • City Administrator: David Dyrhaug
  • Council Ward I: Matthew Gooch (1st term ends 12-31-2015)
  • Council Ward II: Taylor A. Graham (1st term ends 12-31-2017)
  • Council Ward III: Geneva Lawrence (1st term ends 12-31-2015)
  • Council Ward IV: Elizabeth Anne Braswell (1st term ends 12-31-2017)
  • Council Ward V: George Curtis (2nd term ends 12-31-2015)
  • Council Ward VI: Sylvia Martin Lockaby (2nd term ends 12-31-2017)
  • *In April 2014, Mayor Perry Eichor was indicted on charges of threatening a judge, and was suspended from office. The Mayor Pro-Tempore, Councilwoman Geneva Lawrence, has assumed the position for the term of the suspension.

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