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Belton
Top, left to right: Downtown Belton, Belton City Hall, Belton Depot, Belton Standpipe
Top, left to right: Downtown Belton, Belton City Hall, Belton Depot, Belton Standpipe
Motto(s): 
"The Standpipe City"
Location in Anderson County, South Carolina
Belton, South Carolina is located in South Carolina
Belton, South Carolina
Belton, South Carolina
Location in South Carolina
Belton, South Carolina is located in the United States
Belton, South Carolina
Belton, South Carolina
Location in the United States
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Anderson
Area
 • Total 3.79 sq mi (9.80 km2)
 • Land 3.78 sq mi (9.79 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
883 ft (269 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,134
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,455
 • Density 1,179.20/sq mi (455.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29627
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-05365
GNIS feature ID 1246736

Belton is a city in eastern Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,134 at the 2010 census.

History

In 1845 a group was created to connect the Piedmont region of South Carolina by rail to the existing rail system which then ran from Columbia to Charleston. The expanded rail line ran through what was to become Belton, with a spur line which ran to the nearby town of Anderson. Because of the population explosion that occurred by the time the railroad had been completed in 1853, the state incorporated the town in 1855, with the boundaries being located within a half mile radius from the new railroad depot.

The city was given the name of Belton after the first president of the Columbia and Greenville Railroad from Newberry, John Belton O'Neal.

The city prospered not only due to the railroad junction, but also because of the area's cotton crop, which led to the establishment of cotton mills.

In 1908, a municipal water system was established. A 155-foot (47 m) reinforced concrete tower with a 165,000-US-gallon (625 m3) capacity was built. Known as the Belton Standpipe, the tower is still in use today. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 5, 1987. The standpipe is the inspiration for the yearly Belton Standpipe Festival, first held in 1987 as a fundraising event.

In bygone years Belton was the cotton ginning center for South Carolina, with many cotton mills that were part of the heritage.

Belton boasts an arts center that holds regular art exhibitions open to the public. The arts center adds much character and artistic vibrancy to the city, and is available for event rentals and hosting many city events. The old train depot has been completely refurbished and is currently used as a comfortable function venue. Part of the depot is a museum filled with old Belton history.

Tennis is an integral part of Belton's culture. The South Carolina Palmetto championships are held in Belton each year, using local residential tennis courts as part of the competition.

In addition to the Belton Standpipe, the Belton Depot and Chamberlain-Kay House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Belton is located in eastern Anderson County at 34°31′32″N 82°29′46″W / 34.52556°N 82.49611°W / 34.52556; -82.49611 (34.525630, -82.496129). It is 11 miles (18 km) east of Anderson, the county seat, by U.S. Routes 76 and 178. Honea Path is 8 miles (13 km) to the southeast by the same highway, and South Carolina Highway 20 leads 26 miles (42 km) north to Greenville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.0 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.33%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 314
1890 494 57.3%
1900 826 67.2%
1910 1,852 124.2%
1920 1,780 −3.9%
1930 1,765 −0.8%
1940 2,119 20.1%
1950 3,371 59.1%
1960 5,106 51.5%
1970 5,257 3.0%
1980 5,312 1.0%
1990 4,646 −12.5%
2000 4,461 −4.0%
2010 4,134 −7.3%
2019 (est.) 4,455 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Belton racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,271 75.46%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 617 14.23%
Native American 14 0.22%
Asian 22 0.51%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 229 5.28%
Hispanic or Latino 181 4.18%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,335 people, 1,956 households, and 1,158 families residing in the city.

Education

Public education in Belton is administered by Anderson County School District Two. The district operates several elementary schools, Belton Middle School and Belton-Honea Path High School.

Belton has a public library, a branch of the Anderson County Library System.

Notable people

  • William L. Ball
  • Dave Cockrum
  • Matthew LeCroy
  • Viola Thompson
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