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Encyclopedia > Anderson, South Carolina
Anderson, South Carolina
Nickname: "The Electric City"
Image:SCMap-doton-Anderson.PNG
Location in Anderson County in the state of South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
Counties Anderson County, South Carolina
Government
 - Mayor Terance Roberts
 - City Manager John Moore
Website: http://www.cityofandersonsc.com/

Anderson is a city located in Anderson County, South Carolina. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city had a population of 25,514 and is the center of an urbanized area of 70,530. It is the principal city of and seat of Anderson County, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area (population: 165,740, according to 2000 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau), which is further included in the larger Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area (population: 1,185,534, according to 2005 U.S. Census Bureau estimates). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... // A nickname is a name of a person or thing other than its proper name. ... Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... This is a list of the counties of South Carolina. ... Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... The council-manager government is one of 2 main variations of representative municipal government (for contrast, also see Mayor-Council government). ... John Moore is the name of: Clergy: John Moore (Bishop of Ely) (1646–1714), British Scholar John Moore (Baptist) (1662–1726), English Baptist minister from Northampton John Moore (Archbishop) (1730–1805), Archbishop of Canterbury, Privy Counsellor John Monroe Moore, a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South Politicians: John Moore... Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... In the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has produced a formal definition of metropolitan areas, which are organized around county boundaries. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Greenville is the sixth largest city in the state of South Carolina. ... Spartanburg is the largest city and the county seat of Spartanburg CountyGR6 in South Carolina, a state of the United States of America, and is the second-largest city of the three primary cities in the Upstate region of South Carolina. ... The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. ...


It is the county seat of Anderson CountyGR6. Anderson is the smallest of the three primary cities that makes up the Upstate region and is nicknamed "The Electric City" and "The Friendliest City in South Carolina." Anderson's spirit and quality of life has earned national recognition as Anderson County was named an "All-America City" in 2000. A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... All-America City Program Logo The All-America City Award is given by the National Civic League annually to ten cities in the United States. ...

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History

Anderson was named for a Revolutionary War hero, Robert Anderson. General Anderson and Andrew Pickens surveyed the land in the area. The Cherokees lived in the area until 1777. The land was then ceded to South Carolina by the Cherokee in a treaty negotiated by Pickens. This area was then called the Pendleton District for official purposes. In 1826, the Pendleton District was divided into two districts  — Anderson and Pickens. Because the town of Pendleton was at the top of the county, too close to the Pickens border, a new courthouse was built at the center of the county. A small town, named Anderson Courthouse, built around the courthouse, and this community eventually became known as Anderson. The original courthouse was built of logs, but 10 years later, a courthouse made of bricks was erected to replace it. A still-standing Anderson County Courthouse, built in 1898, now faces the current courthouse and is built on the site of the original. In the nearby town of Pendleton, there is Pendleton High School, Riverside Middle, and many elementary schools. Sir Robert Murray McCheyne Anderson KCMG (6 August 1865 – 30 December 1940) was an Australian Army Brigadier General in World War I. See also List of Australian Generals References Robert Anderson Biography Categories: | | | | | | | ... Andrew Pickens (September 13, 1739–August 11, 1817) was a militia leader in the Revolution and a U.S. Congressman from South Carolina. ... Alternate meanings: Cherokee (disambiguation) The Cherokee are a people native to North America who first inhabited what is now the eastern and southeastern United States before most were forcefully moved to the Ozark Plateau. ... Pendleton is a town located in Anderson County, South Carolina, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,966. ...


The settlers of this area were mostly Scots-Irish who came here from Virginia and Pennsylvania to farm. Farmers grew corn and raised hogs. Much later, cotton became the cash crop of the area. By the late 1800s, the Anderson area was filled with numerous textile mills. Due to the innovation of Anderson engineer William Whitner, electricity could be conducted by wire to mills throughout the county. Anderson was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electric power, which in turn was supplied by a water mill located in the high shoals area of the Rocky River in Anderson County. The first cotton gin in the world to be operated by electricity was built in Anderson County in 1897. Several areas of Anderson are named in Whitner's honor, including a downtown street. Anderson became known as "The Electric City," a nickname that it still holds today. Ulster-Scots is a term mainly used in Ireland and Britain (Scotch-Irish or Scots-Irishis commonly used in North America) primarily to refer to Presbyterian Scots, or their descendents, who migrated from the Scottish Lowlands to Ulster (the northern province of Ireland), largely across the 17th century. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...


Geography

Location of Anderson in Anderson County, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Location of Anderson in Anderson County, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Anderson is located at 39°32′50″N, 80°40′52″W (34.514506, -82.648944)GR1. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias SC county maps by Seth Ilys. ...


Anderson is located in the northwest corner of South Carolina on the Piedmont plateau. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Anderson is a short 1-hour drive from the Appalachian Mountains. Even with its close proximity to the mountains, Anderson is only a pleasant 4-hour drive to the beautiful sandy beaches of the South Carolina coast. Anderson is on the busy I-85 corridor, ideally situated half-way between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32°430N to 35°12N... Appalachians in North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains (French: les Appalaches) are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. ... Hotlanta redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Government  - Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area  - City  280. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.9 km² (13.9 mi²). 35.8 km² (13.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.07% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Economy

Anderson's economy revolves around manufacturing. Anderson has over 230 manufacturers, including 22 international companies. In the county, Anderson has a thriving business climate. 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 state's northwest corner. Anderson County, in particular, has 11 automotive suppliers and is a major player in the plastic industry, with 27 plastic companies located within its borders. It has one unionized company in the area - Anderson is a growing area in the form of economics.


Education

The city of Anderson is served by the Anderson County School System (specifically, Anderson School District Five). The school district has 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. A new elementary school and new middle school are soon to be built. The purpose for the new middle school is to help Mccants' problem. Other district schools are undergoing referbishing, specifically Concord, Homeland Park, Centerville, Midway, and Varennes.


Elementary Schools in Anderson:

  • Calhoun Academy of the Arts- Originally Calhoun St. Elementary School, now a magnet school. Home of Arty the Alligator. Students also attened Mccants and Hanna.
  • Centerville- Home of the Tigers. Students also attend Lakeside and Westside.
  • Concord- Located dead in the .suburbs of the Concord Area, Concord houses over 700 students. Home of the Bees. Students also attend Mccants and Hanna
  • Homeland Park- 91% of students at Homeland Park have free lunch. HP has a little over 300 students. HP is home of the Tigers.
  • McLees- Opened in 2003, alongside Midway, Mclees is in the southern suburbs of Anderson, McLees is one of the largest schools in the city in terms of size. Students also attend Lakeside and Westside. Home of the Mustangs.
  • Midway- The largest elementary school in the city. Located in the outskirts of Anderson, Midway houses over 800 students. Home of the Mighty Stingers. Students who attend Midway, go to Mccants and Hanna.
  • Nevitt Forest- Home of the Soaring Eagles. Students also attend Mccants or Southwood and Hanna or Westside.
  • New Prospect- Home of the Jets.
  • South Fant
  • Varennes
  • Whitehall

Middle Schools in Anderson:

  • Lakeside- Not a very good school.
  • McCants- The largest middle school in Anderson County and one of the largest in the Upstate Area.
  • Southwood- Will soon become a magnet school.

9th Grade Academies added to the High Schools:

  • Crescent High School- located in Iva, Sc.
  • T.L. Hanna- Smaller than Westside by a little over 100 students. Mascot is the Yellow Jackets. Hanna is where Radio is also at. Hanna has also been in the movie "Radio".
  • Westside High- Largest high school in the city. Mascot is the Rams.
  • Hanna-Westside Extension Campus (high school/trade school)

Higher Education

There are two colleges and one technical college within a 30-mile radius of Anderson:

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Sports

Anderson was once home to the Anderson Braves, but now is home to the Anderson Joes baseball team. The Joes play at Anderson Memorial Stadium.


Attractions/Events

Freedom Weekend Aloft

The city of Anderson is host to many recreational events. These include: This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ...

  • An Annual Chili Cook-Off — local restaurants contend for the title of "Anderson's Best Chili."
  • The Soiree — When springtime comes to Anderson, the streets are filled with local artists and vendors.

Anderson was formerly home to Freedom Weekend Aloft  — A Memorial Day Weekend festival involving concerts by country stars, a fair-like environment, and a hot-air balloon competition that features in excess of 100 balloons from all over the country. In 2007, Freedom Weekend Aloft will be moving to Simpsonville, SC.


Demographics

As of the United States 2000 CensusGR2, there are 25,514 people, making up 10,641 households and 6,299 families residing in the city. The population density is 711.8/km² (1,843.7/mi²). There are 12,068 housing units at an average density of 336.7/km² (872.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 63.12% European American, 34.01% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.78% Asian American, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Of the population, 1.48% is Hispanic or Latino. The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


Of these 10,641 households, 25.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.9% are married couples living together, 18.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% are non-families. Thirty-six percent of these households consist of a single individual each, and 16.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.22 and the average family size is 2.89. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In terms of the population's age spans, 22.2% are under the age of 18, 10.7% are from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females, there are 82.3 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there are 77.5 males.


The median household income is $27,716, and the median income for a family is $39,176. Males have a median income of $29,829; females, $21,840. The per capita income for the city is $18,577. Over one-fifth (20.8%) of the population and 15.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 30.4% of those under the age of 18 and 18.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Anderson is the central city of an urbanized area with a total population of 70,530 (2000 census). This urban area is within the larger Greenville-Spartanburg metropolitan statistical area.


Notable Residents/Former Residents

Anderson has been selected by the Christian Exodus movement as the first city in South Carolina to move families to. The Christian Exodus movement hopes to move more than 50,000 people to various cities in South Carolina in hopes of swaying the political influence of the election cycle. See The Anderson Independent-Mail article: Christian Exodus leader to call Anderson home by July [[2]]. Established in 1928, the American Counsel Association is the oldest association of independent law firms in the world. ... The cover of Apples and Pears by Guy Davenport Guy Mattison Davenport (November 23, 1927 – January 4, 2005) was an American writer, translator, painter, illustrator, intellectual, and teacher. ... Shaun Ellis (born June 24, 1977 in Anderson, South Carolina) is a football player for the New York Jets of the NFL. Ellis was a stand-out defensive end at the University of Tennessee and was drafted by the Jets as the 12th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. ... For other uses, see The Real World (disambiguation). ... James Robert Kennedy (October 14, 1946) was born in a town called Anderson, SC. He grew up most of his life carrying the fascination of radios. ... A typical Family Dollar store. ... Leon Levine (born 1938) founded the successful Family Dollar chain of discount stores. ... For the recently concluded season, see Survivor: Fiji. ... Charles Murphey (May 9, 1799-January 16, 1861) was an American lawyer and politician from the state of Georgia. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... James Lawrence Orr James Lawrence Orr (May 12, 1822 – May 5, 1873) was an American politician who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in the United States Congress. ... James Edward Jim Rice (born March 8, 1953 in Anderson, South Carolina) is a former baseball player with the American Leagues Boston Red Sox from 1974 to 1989. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... James Michael Tyler (born May 28, 1962 in Winona, Mississippi) is an actor, best known for playing Gunther on the hit NBC sitcom Friends. ... Christian Exodus (the brainchild of a Neo-Confederate financial advisor, Cory Burnell) is a group promoting a mass emigration of Christian fundamentalists to South Carolina in hopes of influencing the governmental process in the United States. ...


References

  1. ^ (1963) Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 

External links

  • Official Web site of the City of Anderson
  • Public Arts Project in Anderson, SC using the Largemouth Bass
  • Anderson Independent, area newspaper
  • Official tourism information site for Anderson County
  • Anderson County Arts Center
  • Maps and aerial photos for 34°30′52″N 82°38′56″W / 34.514506, -82.648944Coordinates: 34°30′52″N 82°38′56″W / 34.514506, -82.648944
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    • Satellite image from Google Maps, Windows Live Local, WikiMapia
    • Topographic map from TopoZone
    • Aerial image or topographic map from TerraServer-USA

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