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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,008
Male Share of the Population53.7%
Female Share of the Population46.3%
Senior Citizens10.1%
Employed Population 16+6,548
Age of the Population23

Families

% of people married29.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher63.1%
Median Earnings25+$36,480
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$16,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$85,263
% Above Poverty Level59.8%
% Below Poverty Level40.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.5%
% Using Public Transportation6.2%

Housing

People Living Alone28.8%
Median Gross Rent$829
Median House Value$197,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.9%
German15.7%
English13%
Irish9.5%
Italian6.7%
Scottish4.7%
French Except Basque3.2%
Polish2.9%
Welsh2.1%
Arab2%
Dutch1.8%
African1.4%
Greek0.9%
Iranian0.8%
Nigerian0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Swedish0.5%
Serbian0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Egyptian0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Russian0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
South African0.2%
Palestinian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Clemson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pickens County
Standard Zip Codes29631
P.O. Box Zip Codes29633
Company Zip Codes29632, 29634
Phone Area Codes864
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude34.68
Approximate Longitude-82.81

Clemson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCLEMSON UNIVERSITY
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp30 to 52 F
Apr Temp47 to 73 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip54 inches
StationANDERSON
Distance14.8 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
Distance20.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Central5,187$38,914
Liberty3,254$40,853
Norris839$52,500
Pendleton3,107$42,543
Seneca8,228$51,904
Six Mile814$69,632

Clemson Public Schools

Clemson Elementary
581 Berkeley Drive
ZIP: 29631
(864) 397-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 882

Clemson Private Schools

Clemson Montessori School
207 Pendleton Rd
ZIP: 29631
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 80
Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
193 Old Greenville Hwy
ZIP: 29631
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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