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Spartanburg County
Spartanburg County Courthouse
Spartanburg County Courthouse
Official seal of Spartanburg County
Map of South Carolina highlighting Spartanburg County
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
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South Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  South Carolina
Founded 1785
Seat Spartanburg
Largest city Spartanburg
 • Total 819 sq mi (2,120 km2)
 • Land 808 sq mi (2,090 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.4%%
 • Total 327,997
 • Density 400.48/sq mi (154.63/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts 4th, 5th

Spartanburg County is a county located on the northwestern border of the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 327,997, making it the fifth-most populous county in South Carolina. Its county seat is Spartanburg.

Spartanburg County is coterminous with the Spartanburg, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greenville–Spartanburg–Anderson, SC Combined Statistical Area.

USS Spartanburg County is named after the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 819 square miles (2,120 km2), of which 808 square miles (2,090 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major Highways


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 8,800
1800 12,122 37.8%
1810 14,259 17.6%
1820 16,989 19.1%
1830 21,150 24.5%
1840 23,669 11.9%
1850 26,400 11.5%
1860 26,919 2.0%
1870 25,784 −4.2%
1880 40,409 56.7%
1890 55,385 37.1%
1900 65,560 18.4%
1910 83,465 27.3%
1920 94,265 12.9%
1930 116,323 23.4%
1940 127,733 9.8%
1950 150,349 17.7%
1960 156,830 4.3%
1970 173,724 10.8%
1980 201,861 16.2%
1990 226,800 12.4%
2000 253,791 11.9%
2010 284,307 12.0%
2020 327,997 15.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2017

2020 census

Spartanburg County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 214,440 65.38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 63,565 19.38%
Native American 699 0.21%
Asian 8,176 2.49%
Pacific Islander 190 0.06%
Other/Mixed 13,195 4.02%
Hispanic or Latino 27,732 8.45%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 327,997 people, 121,256 households, and 83,432 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 284,307 people, 109,246 households, and 75,404 families residing in the county. The population density was 351.9 inhabitants per square mile (135.9/km2). There were 122,628 housing units at an average density of 151.8 per square mile (58.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 72.3% white, 20.6% black or African American, 2.0% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 3.1% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 13.6% were American, 10.5% were Irish, 9.6% were English, and 8.8% were German.

Of the 109,246 households, 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.0% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 38.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,680 and the median income for a family was $53,149. Males had a median income of $41,445 versus $31,602 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,924. About 11.0% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated places

Unincorporated Communities


Primary and secondary schools

Spartanburg County is served by the Spartanburg County School System, which is divided into seven districts. Some of the districts share a vocational school, and also share the McCarthy Teszler School, a special education school.

  • School District One includes Campobello-Gramling, Chapman High School, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary, Inman Elementary, Inman Intermediate, Landrum High, Landrum Middle, Mabry Middle, New Prospect Elementary, and O.P. Earle Elementary. District One students can also attend Swofford Career Center
  • School District Two includes Boiling Springs Elementary, Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary, Chesnee Elementary, Hendrix Elementary, Carlisle-Foster's Grove Elementary, Mayo Elementary, Oakland Elementary, Boiling Springs Intermediate, Boling Springs Junior High, Rainbow Lake Middle School, Chesnee Middle School, Boiling Springs High 9th grade, Boiling Springs High School, and Chesnee High School. District Two students can also attend Swofford Career Center.
  • School District Three includes Cannons Elementary, Clifdale Elementary, Cowpens Elementary School, Pacolet Elementary School, Cowpens Middle School, Middle School of Pacolet, and Broome High School. District Three students can attend the Daniel Morgan Technology Center.
  • School District Four has four schools: Woodruff Primary, Woodruff Elementary, Woodruff Middle and Woodruff High School. High school students also can attend R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center to learn vocational skills.
  • School District Five consists of Abner Creek Academy (formerly Abner Creek Elementary), Duncan Elementary, Lyman Elementary, Reidville Elementary, River Ridge Elementary, Wellford Academy of Science and Technology (formerly Wellford Elementary), Beech Springs Intermediate, Berry Shoals Intermediate, D. R. Hill Middle, Florence Chapel Middle, James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy, and James F. Byrnes High School. Vocational school students can attend R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center.
  • School District Six comprises Anderson Mill Elementary, Arcadia Elementary, Jesse S. Bobo Elementary, Fairforest Elementary, Lone Oak Elementary, Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary, Roebuck Elementary, West View Elementary, Woodland Heights Elementary, Fairforest Middle, R. P. Dawkins Middle, L. E. Gable Middle, Dorman Freshman Campus, and Paul M. Dorman High School. District Six students can attend R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center.
  • School District Seven consists of Jesse Boyd Elementary, Chapman Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Houston Elementary, Park Hills Elementary, Pine Street Elementary, Mary H. Wright Elementary, Edwin P. Todd School, George Washington Carver Middle, Joseph G. McCracken Middle, Whitlock Junior High, Spartanburg High School Freshman Academy, and Spartanburg High School. The Daniel Morgan Technology Center, ZL Madden Learning Center, The Myles W. Whitlock Flexible Learning Center, and The Early Learning Center at Park Hills also serve District Seven.

South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind is in an unincorporated area in the county, near Spartanburg.

Spartanburg Day School, a private school, is in an unincorporated area.

Colleges and universities

See also

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