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Indian Land, South Carolina
U.S. Route 521 in Indian Land
U.S. Route 521 in Indian Land
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Coordinates: Coordinates: 35°0′7″N 80°51′24″W / 35.00194°N 80.85667°W / 35.00194; -80.85667
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Lancaster
Population
 (2018)
 • Total 28,866
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29707
Area code(s) 803 and 839

Indian Land is an unincorporated community in the northernmost part (the "Panhandle") of Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States. It lies east of Fort Mill, just south of Ballantyne in southern Charlotte, and west of the villages of Marvin and Waxhaw in North Carolina.

Indian Land is a major suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, located 20 miles (33 km) from Uptown. While not incorporated, the community is assigned with the ZIP code 29707. U.S. Highway 521 is a major highway that runs through the community and connects Indian Land with Charlotte to the north and greater Lancaster County to the south.

Transportation

U.S. Route 521 and South Carolina Highway 160 are two major roads that run through Indian Land. Indian Land is part of the South Carolina Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study (RFATS).

Highway Corridor Overlay District (U.S. Route 521 and South Carolina Highway 160)

The third and final reading of the Panhandle's Highway Corridor Overlay District was approved on June 9, 2014, which applies to properties along Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) from Waxhaw Highway (S.C. 75) north to the state line and Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160) east to the county line. The overlay district sets aesthetic requirements on new construction along the corridors covering everything from building materials, placement and setbacks to signage, sidewalks and landscaping.

Incorporation

There is an effort underway to incorporate the area into a municipality, separate from Lancaster County. The goal of this incorporation is to give Indian Land a voice on the local and state levels with enhanced services for the community. The plan aims to control the growth of Indian Land while preserving the charm of this once rural area.

Education

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Indian Land High School

Schools in Indian Land include Indian Land Elementary, Harrisburg Elementary, Van Wyck Elementary, Indian Land Intermediate School, Indian Land Middle School, and Indian Land High School. In 2006, Indian Land High School earned state recognition for being a Red Carpet School. Indian Land Middle School has been recognized as a National School to Watch, a State School of Character, a Palmetto Gold School, and a Red Carpet School. Harrisburg Elementary School was recognized as a National School of Character for 2017. Van Wyck Elementary School opened in August 2018 to serve the southern end of Indian Land and the Town of Van Wyck.

Indian Land has a public library, a branch of the Lancaster County Library.

In August 2018, the University of South Carolina Lancaster began offering courses in Indian Land, SC in the Indian Land High School building.

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