Anderson is located in northwestern South Carolina, 7.5 miles south of I-85, 18 miles southeast of Clemson, and 30 miles southwest of Greenville. It is the seat of Anderson County and part of the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson metro area.
Fondly known as the Electric City, Anderson acquired its nickname in the late 19th century when it became the first city in the South to make use of long distance cables to carry electricity generated from hydroelectric power plants. By 1897, Anderson boasted electric streetcars, street lamps, and the world's first electrically-powered cotton gin. Today, Anderson is also known both as the "City of Hospitality" and the "Friendliest City in South Carolina."
Anderson is the home of Anderson University, a private college that serves roughly 3,000 students. Anderson also lies just a short drive from beautiful Lake Hartwell, one of the Southeast's largest and most popular recreational lakes.
Things to Do
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- Hotels in Anderson
While there are several hotels located in downtown Anderson, the majority of Anderson hotels are located along Interstate Blvd, just north of I-85. These hotels are a bit cheaper and are just a short drive from Anderson's downtown area, Anderson University, and the Anderson Civic Center. Use our Anderson hotels guide to find honest, concise hotel reviews, all discounts, an unequivocal lowest rate guarantee, and no booking fees.
- Anderson County Museum
Anderson's 12,000-square foot Fred Whitten Gallery contains both permanent exhibits and changing exhibits. Exhibits range from textiles to military history to religious history. The Anderson County Museum boasts over 20,000 artifacts. The Reading and Research Room contains 1,600 volumes and 2,000 historic photographs for public study.
- Old Anderson County Courthouse
Anderson County has had plenty of courthouses! In fact, the town of Anderson was originally known as "Anderson Courthouse," but its name was eventually shortened to simply "Anderson." The courthouse shown here was built in 1898. Its clock and bell, however, both date from 1856, when they were part of yet another Anderson courthouse.
Anderson Arts, Entertainment
- Anderson Arts Center
Anderson Arts Center promotes and fosters the practice and appreciation of the arts in Anderson County. It strives to meet the community's cultural needs through exhibits, programming and public art projects.
- Foothills Writers Guild
The Foothills Writers Guild is an organization which provides speakers and resources to assist writers in the Anderson area.
- Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium
GAMAC is a union of choral singers, orchestras, bands and musicians who entertain, educate and enrich lives in Anderson County. Presentations include concerts, competitions and auditions.
Anderson Recreational Activities
- Anderson Area YMCA
The Anderson YMCA operates out of three sites – the Family Wellness Center, Ducworth/Tucker Sports Park, and Lake Hartwell Camp. Programs include after-school enrichment, outdoor day camp, athletics, aquatics, and wellness.
- Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild
The Lake Mountain Quilters Guild is committed to preserving and continuing the traditions, culture, and history of quilting in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties in the Golden Corner of northwestern South Carolina.
- Palmetto Ski and Outing Club
Anderson's Palmetto Ski and Outing Club is a year-round ski and social club composed of singles, couples, and families of all ages.
- Tri-County Soccer Club
The Tri-County Soccer Club serves children in Anderson, Greenville, and Pickens counties and strives to provide a safe and positive environment where children can learn sportsmanship and cooperation while establishing a sense of self esteem and well-being.
- Western Carolina Sail Club
Founded in 1963, the Western Carolina Sailing Club is located on Hartwell Lake, Anderson, South Carolina.
Anderson Maps, Transportation
This guide will lead you to various maps of Anderson including Anderson's city limits, streets, parking, and historic districts.
The Anderson Regional Airport is a local airport serving Anderson County with a Category I Instrument Landing System for all weather operations. Fueling, aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance, pilot services, and aircraft services are also provided.
The airfield, which was dates from the mid-1930s, is located off Highway 24, but its predecessor, the Anderson County Airport, once accommodated Amelia Earhart as she flew across the country for the Beech-Nut baby food company. On November 14, 1931, a crowd of over 1,000 waited to greet her, including Anderson's then-mayor, G.T. McGregor.
This is Anderson's closest commercial airport. It is located roughly 40 miles from Anderson:
Anderson Jobs, Careers
Our exclusive Anderson job board organizes jobs by type of employer, company name, and area within Anderson.
The Workforce Investment Board strives to connect employers and employees in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties, ensuring that the local workforce development system is market-driven to meet employment and training needs of both businesses and job seekers. WorkLink funds programs for adults, dislocated workers, youth, and supports employers through On-the-Job and Incumbent Worker Training programs.
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Anderson Economic Development
The mission of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce is to "create an environment for healthy economic growth and provide superior value for its members." It aims to influence political and social leaders in order to improve the Anderson's business climate.
The Anderson County Office of Economic Development provides industry advice and economic resources to both large corporations and growing companies interested in locating or expanding their business in Anderson County. This board also produces employment data and economic research.
Other Anderson economic development resources include:
Anderson News & Media
Anderson County has one daily paper, the Anderson Independent-Mail
. Other Anderson newspapers and magazines can be found here:
Anderson lies within the Anderson-Greenville-Spartanburg service area, and most of its television and radio stations are located in Greenville.
Anderson is the county seat of Anderson County. It also has the largest population within the county, with 26,686 residents as of the 2010 census.
City of Anderson
Anderson was founded in December 1826 and incorporated by an act of legislature on December 19, 1833. Today, the City of Anderson employees over 400 people who provide public services to over 25,500 residents.
Anderson County is one of South Carolina's 10 largest counties, with 187,126 residents as of the 2010 census. It was founded in 1826.
Anderson Area Towns, Communities
Anderson County is also home to several smaller cities and towns, including:
Other communities in Anderson County are Asaville, Bethany, Broadway Lake, Centerville, Craytonville, Ebenezer, First Creek, Gluck, Homeland Park, Jones Chapel, La France, Long Branch, Mount Bethel, Northlake, Sandy Springs, Snow Hill, and West Pelzer.
Anderson Schools, Colleges, Libraries
Anderson K12 Schools
Anderson has five separate public school districts: Anderson 1, Anderson 2, Anderson 3, Anderson 4, Anderson 5. The area also offers private schools.
Anderson Colleges, Universities
There is one public college in Anderson and two private colleges.
Anderson Libraries, Archives
Anderson Churches, Nonprofits
Anderson is home to one general hospital, the AnMed Health System. It is also home to the more specialized Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital.
Dozens of churches and denominations are located in Anderson. Find them here ...
Anderson provides a wealth of charities and community service organizations for its residents.
Senior Citizen Organizations
This guide will help you locate helpful senior citizen resources in the city of Anderson and all of Anderson County.
Anderson History, Genealogy
Once home to the Cherokee Indians
, the area of Anderson was ceded to the state in 1777. Scots-Irish
settlers soon arrived and successfully farmed in the area. Anderson was a leader during the industrial boom in the 1800s with the first long-distance transmission of hydroelectric power. This earned Anderson its nick-name, the "Electric City."
Has your genealogy research lead you to Anderson? If so, here you will find information on family history, cemeteries, vital records and more.