Simpsonville, South Carolina
|Simpsonville, South Carolina|
|Motto: "Character Protected Community Perfected"|
Location of Simpsonville, South Carolina
|• Mayor||Perry R. Eichor|
|• Total||6.2 sq mi (16.1 km2)|
|• Land||6.2 sq mi (16.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||860 ft (262 m)|
|• Density||2,306.1/sq mi (890.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1250898|
Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,352 at the 2000 census, and estimated at 17,778 in 2009. 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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.1 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,352 people, 5,391 households, and 4,021 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,306.1 people per square mile (890.9/km²). There were 5,636 housing units at an average density of 905.6 per square mile (349.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.69% White, 13.76% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.23% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.65% of the population.
There were 5,391 households out of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,223, and the median income for a family was $52,043. Males had a median income of $38,680 versus $26,394 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,139. About 5.2% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
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 1995 totalled 22. Almost 10 years later, in 2004, they totalled 98 for the year. 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.  In 2007 the personal crime incidents rate tallied in at 6 per 1000 residents, while the national average was 1.3 per 1000. 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. 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. 
- Mayor: Perry Eichor (1st term ends 12-31-2015)
- City Administrator: Russell Hawes
- 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 Lockaby (2nd term ends 12-31-2017)
- Justin Bolli, professional golfer.
- Danelle German, creator of cat handbags and founder of the National Cat Groomers Institute of America.
- Lucas Glover, PGA Tour golfer and winner of the 2009 U.S. Open Golf Championship.
- Shane Hall, NASCAR driver
- Tommy Jones, Professional bowler; 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year
- Jamon Meredith, Offensive Tackle and 2009 5th Round Draft Pick of the Green Bay Packers
- Stephen Thompson, mixed martial arts fighter
- Travelle Wharton, offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2007: Simpsonville, SC snapshot
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