Powdersville, South Carolina

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Powdersville, South Carolina
Census-designated place
Powdersville is located in South Carolina
Location within the state of South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°46′57″N 82°29′32″W / 34.78250°N 82.49222°W / 34.78250; -82.49222Coordinates: 34°46′57″N 82°29′32″W / 34.78250°N 82.49222°W / 34.78250; -82.49222
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Anderson
 • Total 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 • Land 13.9 sq mi (35.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 971 ft (296 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,618
 • Density 549/sq mi (212.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 45-58165[1]
GNIS feature ID 1250233[2]

Powdersville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 7,618 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 5,362 at the 2000 census. For many decades, Powdersville was mainly a farming community. In recent years, many new housing subdivisions and businesses along S.C. Highway 153 have turned Powdersville into a growing suburban area.


Powdersville is located in the northern corner of Anderson County at 34°46′57″N 82°29′32″W / 34.78250°N 82.49222°W / 34.78250; -82.49222 (34.782620, -82.492138).[4] Its northwest border is the Pickens County line, and its northeast border is the Saluda River, which forms the Greenville County line. The southeast border of the CDP is formed by Interstate 85, a six-lane highway with access to Powdersville via exits 39 and 40. Greenville, the largest city in the region, is 8 miles (13 km) to the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 14.0 square miles (36.3 km2), of which 13.9 square miles (35.9 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.90%, is water.


According to local legend, the area of Powdersville received its name because the general stores sold gunpowder and the powder could be seen spread about the town. So when entering the town, people would say, "This must be Powdersville."

Another legend about how Powdersville got its name is that the area was used for gunpowder/ammo storage during the Civil War. It was supposedly stored somewhere near the old Powdersville Opry House.

An alternative theory claims that the area was a stopping point for lady travelers to "powder" their nose.

In late 2008, the U.S. Postal Service began allowing "Powdersville" to be used for mail delivery in the 29611 (Greenville), 29642 (Easley) and 29673 (Piedmont) ZIP codes. This is optional. There is a satellite post office in 81 Plaza Shopping Center. While this satellite is technically Piedmont (29673), Powdersville may be used as an address.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,362 people, 1,989 households, and 1,615 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 384.4 people per square mile (148.4/km²). There were 2,133 housing units at an average density of 152.9/sq mi (59.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.18% White, 4.35% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

There were 1,989 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.8% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $50,255, and the median income for a family was $57,131. Males had a median income of $41,297 versus $25,136 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $20,901. About 2.4% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.


Powdersville is located with Anderson County School District One. Grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade attend Concrete Primary School. Grades 3rd through 5th attend the newly constructed Powdersville Elementary School. Grades 6th through 8th attend the newly constructed Powdersville Middle School. Grades 9th through 12th attend the newly constructed Powdersville High School. Anderson School District One Schools continuously receive some of the best test scores as compared to all other schools in the Upstate of South Carolina. (New, PVHS has the highest graduation rate in the state) Anderson One, over an extended period but especially in recent years, has been at or near the top of South Carolina rankings in the testing of our students. This excellence covers state standards’ testing in the core areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for grades 3-8. It also includes the South Carolina High School Assessment Program (HSAP) and End of Course testing for English I, Algebra I, Physical Science, Biology, and US History. Anderson One results for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as well as the American College Testing Program (ACT) are consistently well above SC averages, and in recent years, have exceeded the national average on both tests in all areas. <http://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/cms/lib04/SC01000609/Centricity/Domain/3/AdvancED/AdvancED%20Section%201.pdf>

Churches and religious groups[edit]

A variety of churches are represented in the Powdersville area including Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Powdersville CDP, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
    5. <http://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/cms/lib04/SC01000609/Centricity/Domain/3/AdvancED/AdvancED%20Section%201.pdf>

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