Anderson County, South Carolina facts for kids
|Anderson County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 20, 1826|
757 sq mi (1,961 km²)
715 sq mi (1,852 km²)
42 sq mi (109 km²), 5.5%
262/sq mi (101/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Named for: Robert Anderson|
Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 187,126. Its county seat is Anderson. Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson, the county is located in northwestern South Carolina, along the Georgia border.
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.
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. Anderson County is in the Savannah River basin and the Saluda River basin.
- Pickens County – north
- Greenville County – northeast
- Laurens County – east
- Abbeville County – south
- Elbert County, Georgia – southwest
- Hart County, Georgia – west
- Oconee County – northwest
- US 29
- US 76
- US 178
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 187,126 people, 73,829 households, and 51,922 families residing in the county. 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). 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. In terms of ancestry, 15.9% were American, 13.6% were Irish, 10.8% were English, and 10.2% were German.
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.
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.
- Fair Play (mostly in Oconee County)
- Homeland Park
- Piedmont (partly in Greenville County)
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