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Overview

Introduction to Spartanburg, South Carolina

Spartanburg is located in Spartanburg County. It was the location of a major battle during the American Revolution. The municipality is known as a "college town" and provides numerous popular events that attract people from all over the region.

History

The area was originally home to the Catawba and the Cherokee. Spartanburg was founded as a courthouse town in the 1780's. The city took its name from the "Spartan Rifles," a military unit that fought during the American Revolution. The noteworthy Battle of Cowpens occurred in 1781 during the American Revolution. The victory by the Americans was a significant stride in winning the war in the southern region during the revolution. It was incorporated as a city in 1880 and the economy was thriving due to the growing textile industry. Also, during this time, hundreds of farmers would enter the Morgan Square in the city to sell their crops and products.

In the late 1800's and the beginning of the 20th Century, Spartanburg was known as the "Hub City" as nearly 90 trains either stopped at the station or traveled through the city on a daily basis. Early on in the history of the Spartanburg region, it was a prominent educational center. The city was also home to an opera house. After the United States became involved in World War I a significant training base for the troops was established near Spartanburg.

Transportation

The city is served by the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport. The Spartanburg Area Regional Transit Agency serves the region. Amtrak Crescent train provides transportation from the city to numerous large metropolitan areas.

Attractions

  • The Chapman Cultural Center features history, dance, art, music, theatre and science.
  • The Showroom contains a gallery, stage and concert venue.
  • The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium offers well known performers.
  • Lawson's Fort Creek features waterfalls and woodlands.
  • The Cottonwood Trail offers a wide variety of wildlife.
  • Hatcher Garden Woodland Preserve showcases a noteworthy flower garden and a large variety of birds and other types of wildlife.
  • Walnut Grove Plantation.
  • The Seay House.
  • The Price House.
  • Morgan Square is a major center for commerce and nightlife.
  • The Magnolia Street Train Depot.
  • The Spartanburg Museum of Art.
  • The Spartanburg Regional Museum of History.
  • Ballet Spartanburg.
  • Cowpens National Battlefield.
  • Hampton Heights Historic District features a variety of architectural styles.

Events and Activities

  • The Hub City Farmers' Market
  • Spring Fling
  • The Annual Sidewalk Arts Show
  • The International Festival
  • Music on Main
  • The Greek Festival
  • Taste of the Backcountry

Higher Education

The city is home to the University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College and Wofford College.

People

Total Population 37,465
Male Share of the Population 44.4%
Female Share of the Population 55.6%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 15,164
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 33.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,009
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,432
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,089

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,266
% Above Poverty Level 72.8%
% Below Poverty Level 27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $692
Median House Value $121,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.6%
US/American 0%
English 8.6%
Irish 7.6%

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

Spartanburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles E of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Spartanburg
Metro Area Greenville - Spartanburg - Anderson
Standard Zip Codes 29301, 29302, 29303, 29306, 29307, 29316
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29304, 29305, 29318
Company Zip Codes 29319
Phone Area Codes 864
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.949
Longitude -81.932

Spartanburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SPARTANBURG 3 SSE
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 54 F
Apr Temp 45 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 49.9 inches
Station GRNVL SPART AP GREER
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 71 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station TRYON
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 46 to 74 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 65.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Spartanburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Westside (29301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cowpens 1,702 $38,542
Inman 2,182 $47,000
Lyman 3,350 $53,607
Pacolet 2,453 $36,250
Reidville 764 $80,568
Wellford 2,472 $40,104

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

Spartanburg Public Libraries

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Spartanburg County Public Libraries
151 S. CHURCH STREET
Spartanburg, South Carolina
(864) 596-3500

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Spartanburg Hospitals

SPARTANBURG REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
101 E WOOD ST
(864) 560-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

MARY BLACK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1700 SKYLYN DR BOX 3217
(864) 573-3800
Emergency Service: Yes

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DORMAN HIGH
1491 W O WZELL BLVD
864-576-4202
Serves 2,010 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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500 DUPRE DRIVE
864-594-4410
Serves 1,523 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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381 CHERRY HILL RD
864-579-8040
Serves 885 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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355 CEDAR SPRINGS ROAD
864-577-7814
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Serves 81 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.8

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355 CEDAR SPRINGS ROAD
864-577-7601
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Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3

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201 ZION HILL ROAD
864-579-2810
A Vocational School

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