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Anderson County, South Carolina

Anderson County, South Carolina
Anderson County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Anderson County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1826
Named for Robert Anderson
Seat Anderson
Largest city Anderson
 • Total 757 sq mi (1,961 km2)
 • Land 715 sq mi (1,852 km2)
 • Water 42 sq mi (109 km2), 5.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 190,641
 • Density 262/sq mi (101/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .org.andersoncountyscwww

Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 187,126.[1] Its county seat is Anderson.[2] Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson, the county is located in northwestern South Carolina, along the Georgia border.

Anderson County is included in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Anderson County contains 55,950-acre (226 km2) Lake Hartwell, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake with nearly 1,000 miles (2,000 km) of shoreline for residential and recreational use. The area is a growing industrial, commercial and tourist center. It is the home of Anderson University, a private, selective comprehensive university of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Government 3
    • Operations 3.1
  • Economy 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Towns 5.2
    • Census-designated places 5.3
    • Unincorporated communities 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 757 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 42 square miles (110 km2) (5.5%) is water.[3] Anderson County is in the Savannah River basin and the Saluda River basin.

Adjacent counties

Major highways


As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 187,126 people and 70,597 households residing in the county. The population density was 260.6 people per square mile (89/km²). There were 84,092 housing units. The racial makeup of the county was 80.1% White, 16.00% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. 2.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race according to Census 2010.

There were 65,649 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 45 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,807, and the median income for a family was $44,229. Males had a median income of $32,316 versus $23,834 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,365. About 9.10% of families and 12.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 13.80% of those age 65 or over.[10]


Anderson County has a Council-Administrator form of government under South Carolina law. County Council members are elected from seven single-member districts for two-year terms. All seven council seats are open for election every two years.

Anderson County Councilmen are:

  • District 1: Francis Crowder (R-North Anderson)
  • District 2: Gracie Floyd (D-South & East Anderson)
  • District 3: Mitchell Cole (R-Belton/Starr/Iva area)
  • District 4: Tom Allen (R-Pendleton area)
  • District 5: Tommy Dunn (R-West Anderson)
  • District 6: Ken Waters (R-Powdersville area)
  • District 7: M. Cindy Wilson (R-Williamston/Honea Path area)

The Anderson County Administrator is Rusty Burns.


Anderson County has ten divisions:

  • Administration
  • Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Central Services
  • Economic Development
  • Emergency Services
  • EMS & Special Operations
  • Environmental Services
  • Finance
  • Planning
  • Transportation


Early industry in the county was textile mills, processing southern cotton. In the 21st century, industry ha divesified with more than 230 manufacturers, including 22 international companies. The top major industries in Anderson include manufacturers of automotive products, metal products, industrial machinery, plastics, publishing and textiles. Two industries that many times interconnect are the plastic and automotive sectors. There are more than 27 BMW suppliers in the upstate, which is recognized internationally as an automotive supplier hub. The plastic industry has a strong presence in the upstate, with 244 plastic companies located within the 10 counties of the northwest corner of SC. Anderson County has 11 automotive suppliers and is a major player in the plastic industry, with 27 plastic companies located within its borders.[11]




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "US Census Bureau Demographics Data". Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  11. ^ "Anderson County Development Partnership". Retrieved 2011-12-22. 

External links

  • Anderson County Website
  • Anderson County Convention Bureau
  • Anderson University
  • Anderson County Library
  • Tri-County Technical College
  • Geographic data related to Anderson County, South Carolina at OpenStreetMap

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