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Overview

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.

History

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 1800s 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

Attractions

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population27,206
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens19.9%
Employed Population 16+10,822
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married37.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.7%
Median Earnings25+$28,998
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,477

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,473
% Above Poverty Level76.7%
% Below Poverty Level23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone38.6%
Median Gross Rent$649
Median House Value$122,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.9%
Irish9.1%
English8.1%
Italian1.8%
Scottish1.6%
African1.2%
French Except Basque1.2%
Polish0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Ethiopian0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Cypriot0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Arab0.1%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Anderson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Anderson County
Standard Zip Codes29621, 29624, 29625, 29626
P.O. Box Zip Codes29622, 29623
Phone Area Codes864
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude34.51
Approximate Longitude-82.64

Anderson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationANDERSON
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 53 F
Apr Temp45 to 73 F
Jul Temp67 to 91 F
Oct Temp47 to 74 F
Annual Precip51 inches
StationWEST PELZER 2 W
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp31 to 51 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip50.9 inches
StationCLEMSON UNIVERSITY
Distance14.7 miles
Jan Temp30 to 52 F
Apr Temp47 to 73 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip54 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belton4,296$37,482
Honea Path3,683$34,063
Iva1,137$30,125
Pendleton3,107$42,543
Starr143$47,500
Williamston4,093$46,394

Anderson Public Libraries

Anderson County Library
300 N MCDUFFIE STREET
Anderson, South Carolina
(864) 260-4500

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Anderson Hospitals

Anmed Health Medical Center
(Non-profit)
800 N Fant St
(864) 512-1100
Anmed Health North Women's And Children's Hospital
(Non-profit)
2000 E Greenville St
(864) 512-4801
Patrick B Harris Psychiatric Hospital
(Government - State)
130 Hwy 252
(864) 231-2600
Anmed Health Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
1 Spring Back Way
(864) 716-2600

Anderson Public Schools

Glenview Middle School Of Choice
2575 Old Williamston Road
ZIP: 29621
(864) 716-4060
Middle
Total Enrollment 686
Calhoun Academy Of The Arts
1520 East Calhoun Street
ZIP: 29621
(864) 260-5090
Primary
Total Enrollment 655
Concord Elementary An Intl Baccalaureate World School
2701 Calrossie Road
ZIP: 29621
(864) 260-5105
Primary
Total Enrollment 669
Nevitt Forest Community School Of Innovation
1401 Bolt Drive
ZIP: 29621
(864) 260-5190
Primary
Total Enrollment 516
Mccants Middle An Intl Baccalaureate World Candidate School
2123 Marchbanks Avenue
ZIP: 29621
(864) 260-5145
Middle
Total Enrollment 677
North Pointe Elementary School Of Choice
3325 Highway 81 North
ZIP: 29621
(864) 260-5040
Primary
Total Enrollment 401
Midway Elementary School Of Science And Engineering
1221 Harriett Circle
ZIP: 29621
(864) 716-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 752
T. L. Hanna High An International Baccalaureate World School
2600 Highway 81 North
ZIP: 29621
(864) 260-5110
High
Total Enrollment 1773
Homeland Park Primary
3519 Wilmont Street
ZIP: 29624
(864) 260-5125
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Anderson Five Charter School
1225 South Mcduffie Street
ZIP: 29624
(864) 260-5538
High
Total Enrollment 80
South Fant School Of Early Education
1700 South Fant Street
ZIP: 29624
(864) 260-5225
Primary
Total Enrollment 178
Flat Rock Elementary
115 Thompson Road
ZIP: 29624
(864) 296-9191
Primary
Total Enrollment 376
Anderson Five Career Campus
1225 South Mcduffie Street
ZIP: 29624
(864) 260-5160
High
Southwood Academy For The Arts
1110 Southwood Street
ZIP: 29624
(864) 260-5205
Middle
Total Enrollment 350
Lakeside Middle School Of Inquiry And Innovation A Stems Sch
315 Pearman Dairy Road
ZIP: 29625
(864) 260-5135
Middle
Total Enrollment 496
New Prospect Stem Academy
126 New Prospect Church Road
ZIP: 29625
(864) 260-5195
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
Whitehall Elementary A Global Communication School
702 Whitehall Road
ZIP: 29625
(864) 260-5255
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Westside High An Early College Academy
806 Pearman Dairy Road
ZIP: 29625
(864) 260-5260
High
Total Enrollment 1653
Centerville Academy Of 21st Century Learning
1529 Whitehall Road
ZIP: 29625
(864) 260-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 723
Robert Anderson College And Career Academy
2302 Dobbins Bridge Road
ZIP: 29626
(864) 716-3890
Middle
Total Enrollment 636
West Market School Of Early Education
1909 Dobbins Bridge Road
ZIP: 29626
(864) 260-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 233
Mclees Academy Of Leadership
4900 Dobbins Bridge Road
ZIP: 29626
(864) 716-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 642
Varennes Academy Of Communication And Technology
1820 Highway 29 South
ZIP: 29626
(864) 260-5215
Primary
Total Enrollment 310

Anderson Private Schools

Montessori School Of Anderson
280 Sam Mcgee Rd
ZIP: 29621
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 130
Anderson Christian School
3902 Liberty Hwy
ZIP: 29621
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 179
Central Presbyterian Preschool
1404 N Boulevard
ZIP: 29621
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
St Joseph Catholic School
1200 Cornelia Rd
ZIP: 29621
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Temple Christian Academy
2905 Standridge Rd
ZIP: 29625
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 98
West Anderson Christian Academy
101 Rogers St
ZIP: 29625
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
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