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Clover, South Carolina
"The town with love in the middle."
Location of Clover, South Carolina
Location of Clover, South Carolina
County United States
State South Carolina
County York
 • Total 4.56 sq mi (11.81 km2)
 • Land 4.55 sq mi (11.78 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
810 ft (250 m)
 • Total 5,094
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,433.69/sq mi (553.51/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-15355
GNIS feature ID 1221646

Clover is a town in York County, South Carolina, United States. It is located in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan area. As of 2010, the population was at 5,094 within the town limits. Clover is twinned with the Northern Irish town of Larne on County Antrim's East Coast.


Clover was founded just north of an earlier settlement, New Centre, which had waned during the Civil War. The pivotal American Revolutionary War battle of Kings Mountain occurred approximately eight miles to the west of modern-day Clover, on October 7, 1780.

Prior to Clover's founding, Bethany and Bethel, communities to the west and east, respectively, were primary population centers in northern York District, with well-established Presbyterian churches, post offices and stores serving the area's numerous cotton farms.

The village of Clover began as a railway stop in 1876, midway between Yorkville, and modern-day Gastonia, North Carolina, when the first railroad tracks were laid through the northern section of the county.

Before the Civil War, the Kings Mountain Railroad had operated as far north as Yorkville from Chester, but the tracks were destroyed during the war. In 1873, the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad was officially chartered and acquired the Kings Mountain rights of way. By 1875, new, narrow gauge railway replaced the remnants of the former Kings Mountain line, and the following year the tracks were extended from Yorkville to Gaston County, North Carolina. A water tank for the railway's steam locomotives was constructed midway between Gastonia and Yorkville.

According to lore, the overflow of water from the railway's water tank fertilized a patch of clover, and the stop was called "the clover patch." The town was officially incorporated in 1887.

It later became the home of several cotton mills, many of which operated until after World War II.

The Bethel Presbyterian Church and Clover Downtown Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography and climate

Clover is located at 35°6′44″N 81°13′37″W / 35.11222°N 81.22694°W / 35.11222; -81.22694 (35.112194, -81.226848).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) of it is land and 0.36% is water.

U.S. Highway 321 comprises Clover's Main Street, which runs roughly north and south, and the town square lies at its intersection with state highway 55.

Henry's Knob, a mountain west of Clover is the site of a former open-pit mining operation for what was formerly the world's largest deposit of kyanite. The mountain stands at 1120 ft above sea level. According to United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) records, the mine is listed as a Superfund Alternative Site for acid mine drainage and groundwater contamination.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 73
1890 287 293.2%
1900 961 234.8%
1910 1,207 25.6%
1920 1,608 33.2%
1930 3,111 93.5%
1940 3,067 −1.4%
1950 3,276 6.8%
1960 3,500 6.8%
1970 3,506 0.2%
1980 3,451 −1.6%
1990 3,422 −0.8%
2000 4,014 17.3%
2010 5,094 26.9%
2019 (est.) 6,519 28.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Clover racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 4,545 68.13%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,142 17.12%
Native American 27 0.4%
Asian 64 0.96%
Other/Mixed 403 6.04%
Hispanic or Latino 490 7.35%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,671 people, 2,093 households, and 1,527 families residing in the town.

Local Recreation

  • Clover Community Park
  • New Centre Park
  • Roosevelt Park

International relations

Clover is twinned with:


The schools located in the Clover School District include Bethel Elementary School, Bethany Elementary School, Griggs Road Elementary School, Kinard Elementary School, Crowders Creek Elementary School, Larne Elementary School (named after Clover's Sister City), Oakridge Elementary School Clover Middle School, Oakridge Middle School, Blue Eagle Academy, and Clover High School.

Clover has a public library, a branch of the York County Library.

See also

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