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Anderson (and Anderson County)

Anderson and Anderson County

Anderson is known as the “Electric City” for being the first city in the Southeast to use electricity in the late 19th century. Its ambiance is a blend of old-fashioned Southern charm and cutting-edge innovation. In fact, Anderson is home to seven designated historic districts, as well as more than 230 manufacturers and 22 international companies. Families, young professionals, and retirees alike enjoy Anderson’s suburban feel and lower cost of living, along with an abundance of public amenities and green space. Anderson is home to Lake Hartwell, a premier fishing destination and location of championship tournaments like the Bassmaster Classic. Palmetto Moonshine, an award-winning micro-distillery that produces moonshine and craft whiskey is located here as well. Discover more about Anderson below.

Facts + Figures

27,293

City Population

198,293

County Population

$47,356

Median Household Income

  • Food Scene
  • Arts + Culture
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Business Climate

Food Scene

From popular chains like Olive Garden and Five Guys to local favorites like Summa Joe’s and Sullivans Metropolitan Grill, it’s not hard to find a great bite to eat in Anderson County. To top it off, you’ll find a healthy portion of Southern hospitality. Anderson County hosts Anderson, Pendleton, and Williamston Farmer’s Markets which all support local farmers and give residents farm-fresh food opportunities at home.

Adding to Anderson’s culinary chops and community atmosphere are a number of craft beverage hotspots.  Located in the heart of Anderson, award-winning micro-distillery Palmetto Moonshine is the first micro-distillery in South Carolina to produce Palmetto Moonshine, South Carolina’s first legal moonshine, and Palmetto Whiskey, South Carolina’s most-awarded craft whiskey. In Downtown you will find Brews on Main which offers craft beer, wine, and homebrewing supplies, and Carolina Bauernhaus Ales, a farmhouse brewery and winery that specializes in hand-crafted ales, ciders and meads that pay homage to the rich agricultural resources and history of Upstate South Carolina.

Arts + Culture

Home to seven designated historic districts, Anderson County is bursting with history and arts and culture attractions. A highlight for family fun is the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, which plays host to concerts, sporting events, tournaments, festivals, trade shows, community meetings and more. History lovers can visit the Woodburn Historic House, a plantation house built in 1830, or the Farmers Society Hall, a classic Greek Revival building built 200+ years ago in the Pendleton Historic District. For a stimulating overview of the area’s rich history, visit the award-winning Anderson County Museum, which features more than 25,000 artifacts and a variety of art collections, exhibits, programs and events.

Located in Downtown Anderson, the Anderson Arts Center is a leading arts destination. To meet the cultural needs of Anderson County’s diverse community the Arts Center provides numerous local and national exhibits year-round, comprehensive arts programming for all ages, and community based public art projects such as SculpTour, a collection of pieces from regional artists that can be found downtown.

Anderson University is home to the Rainey Fine Arts Center and Henderson Auditorium, where community and school performances are held, and the Vandiver Gallery, a rotating exhibition space located in the Thrift Library. Other cultural attractions include:

Outdoor Activities

At the center of Anderson County’s stunning outdoor recreation scene is Lake Hartwell. Host to championship tournaments like the Bassmaster Classic, Lake Hartwell is a world-class fishing destination and one of the largest lakes in the Southeast. The 56,000-acre lake is inhabited by a variety of fish species that attract fisherman from across the country. Besides fishing, the park offers a basketball court, a publicly accessible boat ramp and hiking. Every type of camping enthusiast will find a site that suits their needs for camping among the park’s 115 paved campsites and 13 walk-in tent sites.

Extending into Lake Hartwell is Sadlers Creek State Park, another great location to enjoy camping in Anderson County, which offers easy access to the Savannah River National Scenic Highway. Sadlers Creek State Park has 395 rural acres, six miles of walking and biking trails and 52 standard camp sites, making for a diverse, family-friendly outdoor location.

Meanwhile, Downtown Anderson hosts numerous events in Carolina Wren Park annually, including Shakespeare in the Park, Holiday Ice, and FreshTaste.

Business Climate

Anderson County is comprised of five school districts, a handful of higher education institutions, and is located within 50 miles of 15 universities and colleges. Anderson County’s K-12 private schools are Montessori School of Anderson and St Joseph Catholic School. Anderson University is located in the heart of Anderson County, offering Upstate South Carolina’s students a tailored, top-tier liberal arts education that includes 36 majors, 50 concentrations, and 29 minors. The university also offers seven master’s degree options, providing students with refined education options to further their knowledge. In addition, Anderson County is home to Forrest Junior College, which offers associate degree programs with nine areas of specialization. Explore more about Anderson County’s public K-12 school districts below:

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