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Encyclopedia > Gaffney, South Carolina

Gaffney is a city in Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States. As of the 2005 estimate, the city population was 13,149. It is the county seat of Cherokee CountyGR6. It is the principal city of the Gaffney, South Carolina, Micropolitan Statistical Area (population 52,537 according to year 2000 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau), an (MSA) which includes all of Cherokee County and which is further included in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area (population 1,185,534 according to year 2005 U.S. Census Bureau estimates). Cherokee County is a county located in the 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... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Cherokee County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. ... A Micropolis (mini-city) is a demographics term that gained currency in the 1990s to describe growing population centers in the United States that are far removed from a large city, even 100 miles (160 km) or more. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Location in South Carolina Coordinates: County Greenville County Founded 1831 Government  - Mayor Knox White Area  - City 67. ... 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. ... Anderson is a city located in Anderson County, South Carolina. ... The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. ...

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History and General Information

The Peachoid water tower located in Gaffney
The Peachoid water tower located in Gaffney

Michael Gaffney, born in Granard, Ireland in 1775, emigrated to America in 1797, arriving in New York and moving to Charleston, South Carolina a few years later. Gaffney moved again in 1804 to the South Carolina Upcountry (The Upstate) and established a tavern and lodging house at what became known as "Gaffney's Cross Roads." The location was perfect for growth because of the two major roads which met here, one from the mountains of North Carolina to Charleston and the other from Charlotte into Georgia. Michael Gaffney died here on September 6, 1854. Image File history File links Peach2. ... Image File history File links Peach2. ... The Peachoid is the name of a very large water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Upcountry is the region in northwestern South Carolina. ...


In 1872, the area became known as "Gaffney City." Gaffney became the county seat of Cherokee County which was formed out of parts of York, Union, and Spartanburg Counties in 1897. Gaffney became a major center for the textile industry in South Carolina and was the backbone of the county's economy up until the 1980s.


Despite the small of amount of residential and population growth, businesses and companies continue to locate within the city limits, especially along the bustling Floyd Baker Boulevard and Highway 105 and many other areas within the city limits; however, most population growth occurs outside the city limits.


Uptown Gaffney began to languish after I-85 was built in the county as industries located near the new highway. Recent renovations in downtown Gaffney have prompted more businesses to locate there, but there is still a great deal that is planned for the central part of the city. Many plans have been announced for the downtown area, including a large 20-acre park that will be developed on the grounds of a recently demolished mill. A plaza has been completed beside city hall and includes a refurbished fountain and extensive landscaping. There are also plans for a large and diverse cultural center to be placed in the downtown area. There are plans for a farmers' market to be built on a site in or near the downtown area. The city's park system is also receiving a huge upgrade as city council recently approved the construction of several parks in various neighborhoods in the city. These plans include a skateboard park, a passive park, and several childrens' playgrounds. Interstate 85 is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ...


Geography

Gaffney is located at 35°4′18″N, 81°39′00″W (35.071667, -81.650000)GR1. Image File history File links SCMap-doton-Gaffney. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.4 km² (7.9 mi²). 20.4 km² (7.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it 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. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... 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. ...


Media

The Cherokee Chronicle: Local Newspaper, published on Tuesdays, and Thursdays.


The Gaffney Ledger: Local Newspaper, published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


WEAC 1500-AM]: Local News Radio, Country music. WEAC is a radio station in Gaffney, South Carolina. ...


http://www.1180wfgn.com/ 1180 WFGN-AM Playing Gospel Music for Gaffney and surrounding areas


http://www.bbnradio.org/ WYFG 91.1 FM: Christian Broadcasting (BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK) WYFG simulcasts the Bible Broadcasting Network for the Gaffney, Spartanburg, and Greenville areas of South Carolina. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 12,968 people, 5,304 households, and 3,336 families residing in the city. The population density was 637.0/km² (1,649.7/mi²). There were 5,765 housing units at an average density of 283.2/km² (733.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.48% White, 44.19% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... 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. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... 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. ...


There were 5,304 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 21.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 82.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $29,480, and the median income for a family was $38,449. Males had a median income of $30,145 versus $22,167 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,755. About 13.3% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over. 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. ...


Infrastructure

Government

  • Mayor: Henry Jolly
  • City Council Members:
  • Wayne Ramsey (District 1)
  • Thomas R. Reid (District 2)
  • S. Bernard Smith (District 3)
  • Dennis Ramsey (District 4)
  • Boone Peeler (District 5)
  • Billy Love (District 6)

Transportation

The Upstate region is served by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (IATA: GSPICAO: KGSP), also known as GSP International Airport. GSP is South Carolina's busiest airport. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is an airport in Greer, South Carolina, USA, near Greenville, South Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ...


Recent studies have proved that an airport is strongly needed in the county. Requests are now being made to the federal government to support the construction of the new airport. Studies are also determining where the airport, if built, should be built.


Gaffney is located on the Interstate 85 corridor, linking it to Atlanta and Charlotte, and Interstate 26, which is in nearby Spartanburg, linking Gaffney to the Mid-Atlantic. Interstate 85 (abbreviated I-85) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... Charlotte (also known as candle stick) is a figure skating grace move - one of the spirals, where the skater is bended and glides on its one leg with the other one lifted to the air. ... Interstate 26 (abbreviated I-26) is an east-west main route of the Interstate Highway System in the Southeastern United States. ... Spartanburg is a city located in Spartanburg County in South Carolina, a state of the United States of America, and 98 miles north of Columbia. ...


Public transit is available through the Gaffney Cab Company for a relatively low fare.


Travellers know Gaffney from the Peachoid Peach water tower located along Interstate 85. The Peachoid is the name of a very large water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina. ... Interstate 85 (abbreviated I-85) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ...


Schools

Gaffney is served by the Cherokee County School District, which is one unified school district.

  • Colleges & Universities
  • Private Elementary & Secondary Schools
  • Heritage Christian School
  • Village Christian Academy
  • Gaffney Christian Academy
  • Public High Schools

The Gaffney High School football team is also well-known regionally. The program boasts 16 State Championships and alumni such as the Washington Redskins' Rocky McIntosh and University of South Carolina All-American Sidney Rice. In the 2005-2006 school year the school was chosen as Palmetto's Finest, the highest honor for high schools in the state.The school has made succeded greatly in increasing test scores across the board and increasing the graduation rate. Limestone College is a private 4-year, coeducational liberal-arts college located in Gaffney, South Carolina. ... Spartanburg Community College SCC is a public, suburban, two-year comprehensive, open-admission institution of higher education serving the citizens of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties in Upstate South Carolina. ... This article should belong in one or more categories, in addition to being in a stub category. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Rocky McIntosh is a current American Football linebacker for the Washington Redskins. ... The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC or Carolina) is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. ...


Notable people from Gaffney

Notable figures who were born in, lived in, or are otherwise associated with Gaffney.

Clinton Renard Mikki Moore[1] (born November 4, 1975 in Orangeburg, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing in the NBA. Moore went undrafted following a career at the University of Nebraska,[2] where he left as the all-time leader in blocked shots. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sidney Rice (born September 1, 1986, in Gaffney, South Carolina) was a wide receiver for University of South Carolina. ... W.J. Cash, or Joseph Wilbur Cash, (May 2, 1900 - July 1, 1941) was an American author and journalist known primarily for his works about the American south. ... Kertus Davis from Gaffney, South Carolina was born February 26, 1981 and is a NASCAR driver. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Rosalie Anderson Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Rocky McIntosh is a current American Football linebacker for the Washington Redskins. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Gaffney, South Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (499 words)
Gaffney is a city located in Cherokee County, South Carolina.
Michael Gaffney, born in Granard, Ireland in 1775, emigrated to America in 1797, arriving in New York and moving to Charleston, South Carolina a few years later.
Gaffney is the birthplace of actress Andie MacDowell and the hometown of NASCAR driver Kertus Davis.
Gaffney, South Carolina (Cities) (182 words)
Gaffney is located in Cherokee County, of which it is the county seat.
Gaffney is located northeast of Spartanburg near the border with North Carolina.
Gaffney's textile industry was established in 1887 and cotton became the major agricultural crop.
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