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Anderson County
Anderson County Courthouse
Anderson County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Anderson County
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
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Country  United States
State  South Carolina
Founded December 20, 1826
Named for Robert Anderson
Seat Anderson
Largest city Anderson
 • Total 757 sq mi (1,960 km2)
 • Land 715 sq mi (1,850 km2)
 • Water 42 sq mi (110 km2)  5.5%
 • Total 187,216
 • Estimate 
 • Density 247.31/sq mi (95.49/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

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 state line of Georgia. 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.


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.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-85
  • US 29
  • US 76
  • US 178


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 17,169
1840 18,493 7.7%
1850 21,475 16.1%
1860 22,873 6.5%
1870 24,049 5.1%
1880 33,612 39.8%
1890 43,696 30.0%
1900 55,728 27.5%
1910 69,568 24.8%
1920 76,349 9.7%
1930 80,949 6.0%
1940 88,712 9.6%
1950 90,664 2.2%
1960 98,478 8.6%
1970 105,474 7.1%
1980 133,235 26.3%
1990 145,196 9.0%
2000 165,740 14.1%
2010 187,126 12.9%
2020 (est.) 204,824 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

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.




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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.

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