Introduction to Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens county, is 27 miles SW of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center) and 110 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is considered part of the Greenville - Spartanburg - Anderson metropolitan area.

Clemson History

In the 1890s, the area now known as Clemson was a village in Pickens county and was known as Calhoun. James W. Crawford purchased land in this area in 1844. Following his death, the land was acquired by a number of individuals. Boggs, one of the owners, had the land surveyed in 1892 and laid out the streets. On December 18 of that year, Calhoun received its first incorporation charter. Gradually, railroad tracks were constructed, and a cotton mill began its operations near the town. The Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina was established in this area in November, 1889. The Calhoun community that bordered this college was renamed Clemson in 1943. This name was in honor of the founder of the institute, Thomas Green Clemson.

Clemson and nearby Attractions

  • Hanover House
  • Oconee Station State Historic Site
  • Pickens County Museum of Art & History
  • Twelvemile Creek
  • South Carolina State Botanical Garden
  • Clemson Shopping Center

Things To Do In Clemson

Visitors to Clemson can visit the numerous historical sites and museums near the city. The Oconee Station State Historic Site is located on the frontier fort built in the late 18th century. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Irma Morris Museum of Fine Art, and England's General Merchandise Museum showcase interesting exhibits illustrating the region’s history and art. One can also visit the local churches including the Old Stone Church, Mount Tabor Baptist Church, and Abel Baptist Church. Clemson Shopping Center and University Square Shopping Center are ideal locations for those who enjoy shopping. In addition, the city hosts the Spittoono festival every year in August.

Clemson Transportation

Anderson Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Clemson Higher Education

Clemson University is the local institute of higher education. Tri-County Technical College and Furman University are also nearby.


Total Population 14,664
Male Share of the Population 54.5%
Female Share of the Population 45.5%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,332
Age of the Population 23


% of people married 32.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $82,753
% Above Poverty Level 60.2%
% Below Poverty Level 39.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 6.5%


People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $785
Median House Value $197,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.8%
US/American 0%
English 12.5%
Irish 10.3%

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

Clemson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles SW of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 110 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Pickens
Metro Area Greenville - Spartanburg - Anderson
Standard Zip Codes 29631
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29633
Company Zip Codes 29632, 29634
Phone Area Codes 864
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.694
Longitude -82.837

Clemson 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 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
Distance 14.8 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 20.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Central 5,160 $37,898
Liberty 3,254 $36,232
Norris 818 $49,239
Pendleton 3,089 $41,387
Seneca 8,184 $53,635
Six Mile 918 $82,946

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

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