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City of Anderson

  •   State: 
    South Carolina
    Anderson County
      County FIPS: 
    34°30′52″N 82°38′56″W
      Area total: 
    14.51 sq mi
      Area land: 
    15.83 sq mi (41.00 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.04 sq mi (0.10 km²)
    807 ft (246 m)
    1826; Incorporated December 19, 1833
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Greenville-Anderson, SC
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,775.60 residents per square mile of area (685.56/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Anderson is a city in and the county seat of Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 28,106 at the 2020 census, and the city was the center of an urbanized area of 75,702. It is the smallest of the three primary cities that make up the Upstate region, and is nicknamed the "Electric City" and the "Friendliest City in South Carolina" Anderson is the home of Anderson University, a private university with roughly 3,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Anderson was settled in 1826 and incorporated in 1828 as Anderson Court House, separate from the Pendleton district. The name Anderson is in honor of Robert Anderson, who fought in the American Revolutionary War and also explored the Anderson region in the mid-18th century. During the American Civil War, Union forces invaded Anderson looking for the Confederate treasury. The treasury office of Anderson was ransacked by Union forces and the main building of Johnson University was used as a Union headquarters. In 1851, the Johnson Female Seminary was established in Anderson as the first college of the town, and was named after William Bullein Johnson. Anderson College became a co-educational, two-year junior college in 1930, and in 2006, it became Anderson University. Anderson is located in the northwest corner of South Carolina on the Piedmont plateau. Anderson lies roughly at the midpoint of the busy I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.6 square miles (37.9 km²), 0.039 square miles of which is covered by water.


Cherokee first settled the area of what is today the city of Anderson. Anderson was settled in 1826 and incorporated in 1828 as Anderson Court House. Electricity to Anderson was established by William C. Whitner in 1895 at a hydroelectric plant on the Rocky River, giving the city the name the Electric City. Anderson became the first city in the world to supply a cotton gin by electricity. Anderson College became a co-educational, two-year junior college in 1930, and in 2006, it became Anderson University. The name Anderson is in honor of Robert Anderson, who fought in the American Revolutionary War and also explored the Anderson region in the mid-18th century. During the American Civil War, Union forces invaded Anderson looking for the Confederate treasury. The treasury office of Anderson was ransacked by Union forces, and the main building of Johnson University was used as a Union headquarters. A minor skirmish erupted at the Battle of Anderson, leading to two Union casualties. After the war, a Union garrison was stationed in Anderson. In 1911, Anderson College was a successor to the Johnson Female Seminary and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, in particular the First Baptist Church of Anderson and the Anderson Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, Anderson University was established as a two- year junior college. It was named after William Bullein Johnson, who founded the seminary in 1851. It is one of the oldest colleges in the United States and is located in Anderson County, South Carolina.


Anderson is located in the northwest corner of South Carolina on the Piedmont plateau. It lies roughly at the midpoint of the busy I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.6 square miles (37.9 km²) of which 0.039 square mile (0.1 km²), or 0.30%, is covered by water. Anderson is a 1-hour drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains and a 4-hourDrive from the South Carolina coast. The city is located on the Atlantic Coast, which is about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) north of the state's southern tip. It has a population of 2,816. The town is located near the intersection of Interstate 85 and Interstate-95, which runs from Atlanta to Charlotte. It is also near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line, about 4 miles (7 km) from the border with North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the city's population is 2,715. The area is about 14.5 square miles, or 37.9 kilometers, with the majority of that area covered by land. The majority of the city is made up of low-lying areas, such as farmland, which are mostly undeveloped. It also has a few small towns and hamlets, which make up the rest of the town's population. The population is about 2,800.


The Anderson Civic Center is a 37,000-square-foot (3,400 m2) facility that can accommodate 15,000 people. Anderson Memorial Stadium is a ballfield/stadium on 12 acres (4.9 ha) of land on White Road, it was renovated in 2007 with stadium-style seating. The Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center is Anderson's largest recreational area. The lake has a park, picnic shelters, and miles of nature trail. Anderson is home to the Anderson University Trojans football team. The city's historic district includes the Anderson College and North Anderson Historic District. It also includes the North Anderson School and the Anderson Downtown Historic District, as well as a number of other historic buildings and structures. The town is located in South Carolina's Piedmont region, near the state line with North Carolina, South Carolina and North Carolina. It is located on the banks of the Little River, which runs through the town's downtown area. It has a population of around 2,000. It was the site of the U.S. Civil War Battle of Anderson, which took place in 1864. It's also home to Anderson High School, which was founded in 1868. The school is now a part of the University of South Carolina, where the football team is based. The community also has a high school, Anderson College, and Anderson High, which were both founded in the 19th century. The downtown area is known for its historic architecture and architecture.


Anderson is home to the largest Glen Raven, Inc. manufacturing center facility. It has over 230 manufacturers, including 22 international companies. Its top major industries include manufacturers of automotive products, metal products, industrial machinery, plastics, publishing, and textiles. The plastics industry has a strong presence in the Upstate, with 244 plastic companies located within the 10 counties of the state's northwest corner. The Upstate region is recognized internationally as an automotive supplier hub. More than 27 BMW suppliers are located within its borders. Anderson County, in particular, has 11 automotive suppliers, and is a major player in the plastic industry, with 27 plastics companies located in the county. In the county, Anderson has a thriving business climate. It is the home of the world's largest Sunbrella fabrics manufacturing facility, which focuses on manufacturing Sunrella fabrics. The county has a high percentage of women in the workforce, with more than 50% of women working in the manufacturing industry. It also has the highest percentage of men working in manufacturing, with over 40% of men manufacturing in the industry. The economy is based on manufacturing, and the county has more than 230 manufacturers. The state has a low unemployment rate, with the unemployment rate at 3.7%. The county is the second highest in South Carolina, after Spartanburg. The U.S. state with the highest unemployment rate is at 4.4%. The state's economy is centered in the northwest corner, with a high proportion of women.


AnMed Health is one of the top employers in the county. AnMed has recently received national attention being awarded the "National Presidents Circle Award," and the "American College of Cardiology Foundations 2012 NCDR ACTION RegistryGWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award" AnMed also operates a number of smaller facilities throughout the city and county that range from a free clinic and minor care to doctor's offices. The AnMed Health Campus includes a women's and children's hospital, minor care, cancer center, speech and occupational therapy, and more. It is located 2.5 miles north of the facility, and the AnMed Rehabilitation Hospital is located between the two facilities.


The city of Anderson is served by the Anderson County School System. The school district has 11 elementary schools, five middle schools, and two high schools. Anderson has a public library, a branch of the Anderson School District Five Library System. Anderson is home to Anderson University and Tri-County Technical College. The city also has a private school, Anderson Christian School, and a private high school, Westside High School.


Anderson is served by Anderson County Regional Airport (IATA: AND, ICAO: KAND). The airport is 3 miles (4.8 km) away from Anderson and has 2 runways; runway 5/23 is 6,000 feet (1,800 m) The airport has no control tower, but is able to accommodate regional jet aircraft. Anderson has four bus routes (Blue, Green, Red, and Gold) that travel to most major areas of the city, running every hour. Inter-city bus travel is available through Greyhound Lines, located on West Whitner Street near downtown. One of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor alternatives for a Charlotte - Greenville - Atlanta route includes a stop at Anderson. This would mark the first time that passenger rail reached Anderson, since the passing of Piedmont and Northern Railway in ca. 1947 and the Blue Ridge Railway in 1951 from Anderson. The city uses both newer hybrid buses and older style trolleys resembling Anderson's old streetcars. In 2011, construction began on a new eastwest connector that is about 3 mi long between Clemson Boulevard and South Carolina Highway 81. On August 16, 2010, the connector was voted to have four lanes with turn and bike lanes, and a completion date set in October 2012. On November, 8th, 2013, the East-West Parkway formally opened to traffic. It is the city's only freeway, with five signed exits on I-85. Several notable highways pass through the city.


As of the 2020 U.S. census, there were 28,106 people, 11,412 households, and 6,112 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 63.12% White, 34.01% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.78% Asian American,0.72% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.48% of the population. Anderson is the central city of an urbanized area with a total population of 70,530 (2000 census). This urban area is within the larger Greenville-Spartanburg metropolitan statistical area. The average household size was 2.22, and the average family size was2.89. For every 100 females age 18 and over there were 77.5 males. In the city, the age distribution was 22.2% under 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 20. 4% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. The population density was 1,843.7 people/sq mi (711.8/km²). The 12,068 housing units averaged 872.1/ sq mi (336.7/km 2) The city has a population of 25,514 people, and in the census of 2000, 25,515 people, 10,641 households.


Anderson is governed using the mayor-council system. The mayor is elected at-large. The city council consists of eight members; six are elected from districts and the other two are elected at large. The council is made up of six members from each of the city's six districts and two members from the at- Large. It has a mayor and eight members on the city council, with the mayor being the only member from each district. It also has a city manager and a city council member from the mayor's district.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina = 95. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 86. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 80. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Anderson = 5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 28,106 individuals with a median age of 38.8 age the population grows by 3.41% in Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,775.60 residents per square mile of area (685.56/km²). There are average 2.18 people per household in the 11,160 households with an average household income of $31,411 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 28.10% of the available work force and has dropped -4.21% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 3.48%. The number of physicians in Anderson per 100,000 population = 163.7.


The annual rainfall in Anderson = 49.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 1.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 100. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 221. 91 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 31.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 34, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina which are owned by the occupant = 46.81%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 42 years with median home cost = $121,280 and home appreciation of -1.97%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.08 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,969 per student. There are 11.6 students for each teacher in the school, 714 students for each Librarian and 324 students for each Counselor. 5.87% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.05% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.25% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Anderson's population in Anderson County, South Carolina of 5,498 residents in 1900 has increased 5,11-fold to 28,106 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 54.56% female residents and 45.44% male residents live in Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina.

    As of 2020 in Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina are married and the remaining 49.71% are single population.

  • 19.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Anderson require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.97% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.56% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.05% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.22% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina, 46.81% are owner-occupied homes, another 40.37% are rented apartments, and the remaining 12.82% are vacant.

  • The 55.09% of the population in Anderson, Anderson County, South Carolina who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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