Introduction to Rock Hill, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina, in York county, is 23 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina. Part of the surrounding Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill metro area, the city is not an isolated.

Rock Hill History

Rock Hill, which was founded in the mid 1800s, was named because of the presence of a small flint hill of rock. During the construction of the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad, most of this rock was removed to make space for a depot. A post office was established on April 17, 1852, and Rock Hill was officially incorporated in 1892. The railroad brought significant growth and prosperity to the community. The Saint Anne School, located in the city, was the first integrated school of South Carolina. Rock Hill was home to the commercial artist Vernon Grant, known for his creation of Snap, Crackle, and Pop, the cartoon mascots of Rice Krispies cereal.

Rock Hill and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of York County
  • Glencairn Garden
  • President James K. Polk State Historic Site
  • Rock Hill Telephone Museum
  • Kings Mountain State Park
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Rock Hill

Museum of York County, which is located in Rock Hill, features the Settlemyre Planetarium, a collection of African artifacts, over 200 mounted African animals, and the Carolina Piedmont Hall's Landscapes and Lifeways. The President James K. Polk State Historic Site includes a reconstructed log cabin built to resemble James K. Polk's former home. The Mint Museum of Art houses American art as well as influential art from various other cultures. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Winthrop Golf Course. The Rock Hill Galleria Mall, East Side Shopping Center, Cherry Plaza Shopping Center, Southgate Shopping Center, and York Plaza Shopping Center are popular shopping malls in the area. Activities like picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, archery, and camping can be enjoyed at the Landsford Canal State Park, Chester State Park, and Andrew Jackson State Park. Rock Hill also celebrates annual events like the Come-See-Me Festival, Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival, Downtown Blues Festival, and Catawba Senior Powwow.

Rock Hill Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Rock Hill-York County Airport.

Rock Hill Higher Education

Winthrop University, Clinton Junior College, and York Technical College are located in Rock Hill. University of South Carolina at Lancaster, and Central Piedmont Community College are close by.


Total Population 69,196
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 32,827
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 39.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,528
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,506
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,579


Median Family Income $52,146
% Above Poverty Level 81.4%
% Below Poverty Level 18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $811
Median House Value $129,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.3%
Irish 8.8%

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

Rock Hill Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County York
Metro Area Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
Standard Zip Codes 29730, 29732, 29734
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29731
Company Zip Codes 29733
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.924
Longitude -81.025

Rock Hill Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 43.5 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fort Lawn 940 $40,469
Fort Mill 12,525 $85,218
McConnells 264 $61,750
Richburg 445 $39,750
Tega Cay 8,609 $128,237
York 7,945 $46,589

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

Rock Hill Public Libraries

York County Library
Rock Hill, South Carolina
(803) 324-3055
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Rock Hill Hospitals

(803) 372-5188
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

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