Simpsonville, South Carolina
|Simpsonville, South Carolina|
|Motto: "Character Protected Community Perfected"|
Location of Simpsonville, South Carolina
|• Mayor||Geneva Lawrence|
|• 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)|
|• Density||2,070.4/sq mi (799.3/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 18,244 at the 2010 census, and estimated at 19,056 in 2012. 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, Sealed Air and Milliken. Simpsonville is home to Hillcrest High School. Simpsonville is also home to the 2008 Little League Softball World Champions.
As of the census of 2010, 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.
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. 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: Vacant* (Mayor Pro Tempore Geneva Lawrence serves as acting mayor until November 2015 election)
- 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 suspended from office following an indictment. In June 2015, he was found guilty on charges of obstruction of justice and misconduct in office, and therefore will not be returning to office.
- 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 fifth 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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- MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2007: Simpsonville, SC snapshot
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