Simpsonville, South Carolina

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
Top, left to right: Downtown, City Hall, Simpsonville Baptist Church, Simpsonville Clock Tower,
Top, left to right: Downtown, City Hall, Simpsonville Baptist Church, Simpsonville Clock Tower,
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
 • Mayor Janice Curtis
 • 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]

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, Sealed Air and Milliken. Simpsonville is home to Hillcrest High School. Simpsonville is also home to the 2008 Little League Softball World Champions.


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


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 land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 195
1910 521 167.2%
1920 566 8.6%
1930 1,400 147.3%
1940 1,298 −7.3%
1950 1,529 17.8%
1960 2,282 49.2%
1970 3,308 45.0%
1980 9,037 173.2%
1990 11,708 29.6%
2000 14,352 22.6%
2010 18,238 27.1%
Est. 2015 20,736 [7] 13.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2010,[9] 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.


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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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]


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

  • Mayor: Janice Curtis (1st term ends 12-31-2019)
  • City Administrator: David Dyrhaug
  • Council Ward I: Matthew Gooch (2nd term ends 12-31-2019)
  • Council Ward II: Taylor Graham (1st term ends 12-31-2017)
  • Council Ward III: Jenn Hulehan (1st term ends 12-31-2019)
  • Council Ward IV: Elizabeth Braswell (1st term ends 12-31-2017)
  • Council Ward V: Ken Cummings (1st term ends 12-31-2019)
  • Council Ward VI: Sylvia Lockaby (2nd term ends 12-31-2017)

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