Introduction to Anderson, South Carolina

Anderson is situated on the Piedmont Plateau near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Anderson County. The municipality is known as the "Electric City." The region is a major automotive supply center and is prominent in the plastics industry. The city is one of the primary shopping locations in the Upstate area.


Anderson was named in tribute to Robert Anderson, a Revolutionary War hero. The Cherokee Indians were the original inhabitants. Andrew Pickens negotiated a treaty with the Cherokee which allowed South Carolina to acquire the land. The area was known as Anderson Courthouse due to the community developing near the county courthouse.

The vast majority of the original settlers arrived from Virginia and Pennsylvania and most of them were farmers. Corn was the primary crop and raising hogs was common. Years later, cotton became a primary crop and by the late 1800's a large number of textile mills were established. Anderson was one of the first cities in the country that was provided a continuous supply of electric power. One of the first cotton gins in the entire world to be powered by electricity was located in Anderson.

Culture and Activities

The beautiful Lake Hartwell provides opportunities for boating and fishing. Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area is popular for fishing, boating and camping. Nearby Clemson University offers college athletic events. The sports complex located near the Anderson Civic Center contains numerous athletic fields and nature trails. The popular Soiree Festival offers a variety of entertainment.

Anderson College offers a variety of events for residents and visitors at the Callie Stringer Rainey Fine Arts Center. The Anderson Symphony and the local musical consortium provide musical events. The Civic Center is utilized for community events, performances as well as craft shows. The Anderson County Arts Center features exhibits by local and national artists. A large local amphitheater hosts a variety of events. The All-American Rhythm and Blues festival is held in the city. Other noteworthy events include:

  • Anderson County Fair
  • Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee
  • Williamston Spring Water Festival
  • The Great Southwest Balloon Fest
  • Belton Standpipe Festival
  • The annual Chili Cook-off


The nearby historic town of Pendleton is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Woodburn & Ashtabula historic house and the Anderson County Museum are noteworthy attractions. The Jockey Lot is one of the biggest flea markets located in the Southeast. The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor passes through the county. Historic sites can be seen in the Anderson, Boulevard, Westside and the Downtown historic districts. The Downtown Historic District features the old courthouse and brass cannons from the Revolutionary War.

Higher Education

The city is home to Anderson University. Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University and Tri-County Technical College are located in the area.


Total Population 26,978
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 18.7%
Employed Population 16+ 10,262
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 37.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,943
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,307
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,953


Median Family Income $40,963
% Above Poverty Level 74.7%
% Below Poverty Level 25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $623
Median House Value $125,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 9.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Anderson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles SW of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Anderson
Metro Area Greenville - Spartanburg - Anderson
Standard Zip Codes 29621, 29624, 29625, 29626
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29622, 29623
Phone Area Codes 864
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.503
Longitude -82.65

Anderson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 73 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 51 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 54 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belton 4,247 $37,230
Honea Path 3,649 $39,063
Iva 1,085 $35,000
Pendleton 3,089 $41,387
Starr 150 $41,750
Williamston 4,029 $50,900

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Anderson Public Libraries

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(864) 261-1109
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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