Anderson, South Carolina

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Denver Downs Farm, Anderson, SC
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About Anderson

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.

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Anderson Accommodations

  • 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 Attractions

  • 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, Dining

Anderson Sports, Recreation

  • 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.

  • Western Carolina Sail Club

    Founded in 1963, the Western Carolina Sailing Club is located on Hartwell Lake, Anderson, South Carolina.

   Anderson Maps, Transportation

Anderson Maps

This guide will lead you to various maps of Anderson including Anderson's city limits, streets, parking, and historic districts.

Anderson Transportation

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 Businesses

For a full guide to businesses located in and around Anderson, please see our South Carolina Business Directory.

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Dentists in Anderson

   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.
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   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 Government

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

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

Other towns and cities in Anderson County, SC include:

Honea Path, South Carolina
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Honea Path
  • Honea Path, which dates from 1794, is located primarily in Anderson County but partially in Abbeville County. Residents of the town pronounce the word honey-uh. The origin of this unusual name is unclear. Old documents and maps sometimes identify the area as Honea Path and sometimes as Honey Path. | Read More
Iva, South Carolina
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  • The small town of Iva sits in Anderson County near the Abbeville County line. It was incorporated in 1904, though it was settled in the late eighteenth century as Cook's Station. The town, founded by Dr. Augustus Cook, was a shipping station for the Seaboard Railroad. When it was discovered that another Cook's Station was established in South Carolina, | Read More
Lake Hartwell, South Carolina
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Lake Hartwell
  • Located on Anderson County's western border, Lake Hartwell is a man-made reservoir formed by the creation of the Hartwell Dam on the Savannah River. At 56,000 acres, its 962 miles of shoreline cover portions of both South Carolina and Georgia. | Read More
Lake Russell, South Carolina
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Lake Russell
  • Lake Russell formed as the result of the construction of the Russell Dam in 1983 by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Named for US Senator Richard Brevard Russell, the 30-mile lake is a popular spot for both camping and fishing. | Read More
Lickville Church, Pelzer, SC
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Farmers Hall, Pendleton, SC
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  • Pendleton is located in northern Anderson County. It was Cherokee land when colonists first began to settle here. The Cherokee sided with the British during the Revolutionary War, but ceded their land to the State of South Carolina after the war. | Read More
Piedmont Mill, Piedmont, SC
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  • The Town of Piedmont straddles the border between Anderson and Greenville counties. Native Americans used the area as a river crossing because its rock formations jutted into the Saluda River. After the Civil War, Henry Pinckey Hammett also found the riverside to be an ideal location – for a cotton mill.
Williamston, South Carolina
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  • Williamston is located in eastern Anderson County. In 1842 a local farmer discovered a mineral spring and believed its water had healing properties. Word spread and soon people were traveling great distances to "take the waters." | Read More
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, AnMed. 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.

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