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Anderson County, South Carolina
Anderson County, South Carolina
Anderson County Courthouse - Anderson, SC.jpg
Anderson County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Anderson County
Location in the U.S. state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1826
Named for Robert Anderson
Seat Anderson
Largest city Anderson
Area
 o Total 757 sq mi (1,961 km2)
 o Land 715 sq mi (1,852 km2)
 o Water 42 sq mi (109 km2), 5.5%
Population (est.)
 o (2015) 194,692
 o Density 262/sq mi (101/km2)
Congressional district 3rd
Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.andersoncountysc.org

Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 187,126.[1] Its county seat is Anderson.[2] Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson, the county is located in northwestern South Carolina, along the Georgia border.

Anderson County is included in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Anderson County contains 55,950-acre (226 km2) Lake Hartwell, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake with nearly 1,000 miles (2,000 km) of shoreline for residential and recreational use. The area is a growing industrial, commercial and tourist center. It is the home of Anderson University, a private, selective comprehensive university of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 757 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 42 square miles (110 km2) (5.5%) is water.[3] Anderson County is in the Savannah River basin and the Saluda River basin.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 187,126 people, 73,829 households, and 51,922 families residing in the county.[9] The population density was 261.6 inhabitants per square mile (101.0/km2). There were 84,774 housing units at an average density of 118.5 per square mile (45.8/km2).[10] The racial makeup of the county was 80.1% white, 16.0% black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.9% of the population.[9] In terms of ancestry, 15.9% were American, 13.6% were Irish, 10.8% were English, and 10.2% were German.[11]

Of the 73,829 households, 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.7% were non-families, and 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 39.7 years.[9]

The median income for a household in the county was $42,871 and the median income for a family was $53,229. Males had a median income of $41,885 versus $30,920 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,117. About 12.4% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.[12]

Government

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 69.9% 56,232 26.2% 21,097 3.9% 3,154
2012 67.5% 48,709 31.0% 22,405 1.5% 1,098
2008 66.0% 48,690 32.7% 24,132 1.3% 965
2004 67.0% 43,355 32.0% 20,697 1.0% 670
2000 63.2% 35,827 34.6% 19,606 2.2% 1,248
1996 52.7% 24,137 38.2% 17,460 9.1% 4,172
1992 51.7% 24,793 33.5% 16,072 14.8% 7,106
1988 67.6% 25,939 32.0% 12,281 0.4% 163
1984 69.5% 24,123 29.8% 10,324 0.7% 244
1980 44.4% 15,667 53.3% 18,801 2.4% 837
1976 33.1% 9,496 66.3% 19,002 0.5% 156
1972 75.2% 17,514 22.5% 5,241 2.3% 537
1968 24.3% 5,661 22.4% 5,218 53.2% 12,384
1964 41.9% 8,398 58.2% 11,670
1960 21.7% 3,845 78.3% 13,901
1956 14.8% 2,186 76.8% 11,344 8.4% 1,241
1952 22.3% 3,338 77.8% 11,664
1948 2.6% 105 64.1% 2,581 33.3% 1,342
1944 3.0% 89 90.2% 2,687 6.8% 202
1940 2.2% 86 97.8% 3,763
1936 0.6% 26 99.4% 4,025
1932 0.7% 30 99.3% 4,067
1928 3.3% 61 96.7% 1,780
1924 0.6% 9 99.2% 1,455 0.2% 3
1920 1.3% 33 98.7% 2,489
1916 0.2% 6 99.5% 2,609 0.3% 7
1912 1.1% 25 95.3% 2,158 3.6% 82
1904 3.3% 66 96.7% 1,952
1900 3.5% 68 96.5% 1,858

Anderson County has a Council-Administrator form of government under South Carolina law. County Council members are elected from seven single-member districts for two-year terms. All seven council seats are open for election every two years.

Anderson County Councilmen are:

  • District 1: Craig Wooten (R-North Anderson)
  • District 2: Gracie Floyd (D-South & East Anderson)
  • District 3: Ray Graham (R-Belton/Starr/Iva area)
  • District 4: Tom Allen (R-Pendleton area)
  • District 5: Tommy Dunn (R-West Anderson)
  • District 6: Ken Waters (R-Powdersville area)
  • District 7: M. Cindy Wilson (R-Williamston/Honea Path area)

The Anderson County Administrator is Rusty Burns.

Operations

Anderson County has ten divisions:

  • Administration
  • Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Central Services
  • Economic Development
  • Emergency Services
  • EMS & Special Operations
  • Environmental Services
  • Finance
  • Planning
  • Transportation

Economy

Early industry in the county was textile mills, processing southern cotton. In the 21st century, industry has diversified with more than 230 manufacturers, including 22 international companies. The top major industries in Anderson include manufacturers of automotive products, metal products, industrial machinery, plastics, publishing and textiles. Two industries that many times interconnect are the plastic and automotive sectors. There are more than 27 BMW suppliers in the upstate, which is recognized internationally as an automotive supplier hub. The plastic industry has a strong presence in the upstate, with 244 plastic companies located within the 10 counties of the northwest corner of SC. Anderson County has 11 automotive suppliers and is a major player in the plastic industry, with 27 plastic companies located within its borders.[14]

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Cheddar-Anderson County Piercetown-Anderson County

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS - 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Anderson County Development Partnership". Andersonpartnership.com. Archived from the original on 1999-04-23. Retrieved . 

External links

Coordinates: 34°31?N 82°38?W / 34.52°N 82.64°W / 34.52; -82.64


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