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Anderson County, South Carolina
Anderson County Courthouse - Anderson, SC.jpg
Anderson County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Anderson County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1826
Named for Robert Anderson
Seat Anderson
Largest city Anderson
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

757 sq mi (1,961 km²)
715 sq mi (1,852 km²)
42 sq mi (109 km²), 5.5
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

203,718
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.andersoncountysc.org

Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2020 census, its population was 203,718.[1] Its county seat is Anderson.[2] Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson,[3] the county is located in northwestern South Carolina, along the state line of Georgia. 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[]

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.[4] Anderson County is in the Savannah River basin and the Saluda River basin.

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-85
  • US 29
  • US 76
  • US 178

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 17,169
1840 18,493 7.7%
1850 21,475 16.1%
1860 22,873 6.5%
1870 24,049 5.1%
1880 33,612 39.8%
1890 43,696 30.0%
1900 55,728 27.5%
1910 69,568 24.8%
1920 76,349 9.7%
1930 80,949 6.0%
1940 88,712 9.6%
1950 90,664 2.2%
1960 98,478 8.6%
1970 105,474 7.1%
1980 133,235 26.3%
1990 145,196 9.0%
2000 165,740 14.1%
2010 187,126 12.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2020[1]

2020 census[]

Anderson County racial composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 152,396 74.81%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 30,214 14.83%
Native American 425 0.21%
Asian 2,404 1.18%
Pacific Islander 46 0.02%
Other/Mixed 8,659 4.25%
Hispanic or Latino 9,574 4.7%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 203,718 people, 75,825 households, and 52,038 families residing in the county.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 187,126 people, 73,829 households, and 51,922 families residing in the county.[10] The population density was 261.6 inhabitants per square mile (101.0 /km2). There were 84,774 housing units at an average density of 118.5 per square mile (45.8 /km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 80.1% white, 16.0% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.9% of the population.[10] In terms of ancestry, 15.9% were American, 13.6% were Irish, 10.8% were English, and 10.2% were German.[12]

Of the 73,829 households, 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.7% were non-families, and 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 39.7 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,871 and the median income for a family was $53,229. Males had a median income of $41,885 versus $30,920 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,117. About 12.4% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.[13]


Government[]

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: Craig Wooten (R-North Anderson)
  • District 2: Vacant (South & East Anderson)
  • District 3: Ray Graham (R-Belton/Starr/Iva area)
  • District 4: Brett Sanders (R-Pendleton area)
  • District 5: Tommy Dunn (R-West Anderson)
  • District 6: Jimmy Davis (R-Powdersville area)
  • District 7: M. Cindy Wilson (R-Williamston/Honea Path area)

The Anderson County Administrator is Rusty Burns.

Operations[]

Anderson County has ten divisions:

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

Politics[]

Since the 1970s, Anderson County has been a rock-solid Republican bastion, with the party going on a streak of winning the county in each presidential election since 1984. The exceptions came in 1976 and 1980, when Southerner Jimmy Carter overwhelmingly captured the county in the former election and fairly solidly in the latter.

United States presidential election results for Anderson County, South Carolina[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 67,565 70.31% 27,169 28.27% 1,359 1.41%
2016 56,232 69.87% 21,097 26.21% 3,154 3.92%
2012 48,709 67.45% 22,405 31.03% 1,098 1.52%
2008 48,690 65.99% 24,132 32.70% 965 1.31%
2004 43,355 66.99% 20,697 31.98% 670 1.04%
2000 35,827 63.21% 19,606 34.59% 1,248 2.20%
1996 24,137 52.74% 17,460 38.15% 4,172 9.12%
1992 24,793 51.68% 16,072 33.50% 7,106 14.81%
1988 25,939 67.58% 12,281 32.00% 163 0.42%
1984 24,123 69.54% 10,324 29.76% 244 0.70%
1980 15,667 44.38% 18,801 53.25% 837 2.37%
1976 9,496 33.14% 19,002 66.32% 156 0.54%
1972 17,514 75.19% 5,241 22.50% 537 2.31%
1968 5,661 24.33% 5,218 22.43% 12,384 53.23%
1964 8,398 41.85% 11,670 58.15% 0 0.00%
1960 3,845 21.67% 13,901 78.33% 0 0.00%
1956 2,186 14.80% 11,344 76.80% 1,241 8.40%
1952 3,338 22.25% 11,664 77.75% 0 0.00%
1948 105 2.61% 2,581 64.08% 1,342 33.32%
1944 89 2.99% 2,687 90.23% 202 6.78%
1940 86 2.23% 3,763 97.77% 0 0.00%
1936 26 0.64% 4,025 99.36% 0 0.00%
1932 30 0.73% 4,067 99.27% 0 0.00%
1928 61 3.31% 1,780 96.69% 0 0.00%
1924 9 0.61% 1,455 99.18% 3 0.20%
1920 33 1.31% 2,489 98.69% 0 0.00%
1916 6 0.23% 2,609 99.50% 7 0.27%
1912 25 1.10% 2,158 95.28% 82 3.62%
1908 58 2.69% 2,099 97.18% 3 0.14%
1904 66 3.27% 1,952 96.73% 0 0.00%
1900 68 3.53% 1,858 96.47% 0 0.00%
1896 368 10.53% 3,109 88.98% 17 0.49%
1892 193 7.47% 2,248 86.96% 144 5.57%



Economy[]

Early industry in the county was textile mills, processing southern cotton. In the 21st century, industry has diversified 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.[15]

Communities[]

Cities[]

Towns[]

Census-designated places[]

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Aaron
  • Craytonville
  • La France
  • Sandy Springs
  • Townville (partly in Oconee County)
  • Cheddar
  • Piercetown

See also[]

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  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Anderson County, South Carolina

References[]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45/45007.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Palmetto Place Names. Sloane Printing Co.. p. 11. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.c056089075&view=1up&seq=17. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www2.census.gov/geo/docs/maps-data/data/gazetteer/counties_list_45.txt. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/sc190090.txt. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?g=0500000US45007&tid=DECENNIALPL2020.P2. 
  10. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_DP/DPDP1/0500000US45007. 
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/DEC/10_SF1/GCTPH1.CY07/0500000US45007. 
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US45007. 
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP03/0500000US45007. 
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  15. ^ "Anderson County Development Partnership". Andersonpartnership.com. http://www.andersonpartnership.com/. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 34°31′N 82°38′W / 34.52, -82.64


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