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Laurens (and Laurens County)

Laurens and Laurens County

Laurens and Laurens County are located between Columbia and Greenville, just 170 miles inland from Charleston and about 50 miles southeast of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Historic charm, pastoral landscapes—with top-notch outdoor recreation—and cultural diversity abound in Laurens. The Old 96 District, which spans four counties including Laurens, offers hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing, golfing, camping and other family-friendly activities, while the West Main Street District features beautiful historical houses and shops.

Facts + Figures

8,887

City Population

67,718

County Population

$42,247

Average Household Income

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

Food Scene

Much of Laurens and Laurens County’s food scene is centered around its vibrant Main Street area, where you can find everything from snow cones at Pelican’s Snoballs to top-notch barbeque at CD’s BBQ & Catering to strong coffee and a sandwich at the Coffee Roost. Laurens County is also home to an active agricultural community with 828 farms encompassing 122,659 acres. For the freshest ways to eat local in Laurens, browse a curated list of local producers of meat, cheese, produce and more, or visit the Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays throughout the summer.

Arts + Culture

The City of Laurens’ historic charm, pastoral landscapes and diversity make it a fun and lively cultural hub. The West Main Street District features beautiful historical houses and shops. Thanks to Laurens’ close proximity to Greenville and Spartanburg, big-name entertainment is just a short drive away. However, you don’t have to travel far to catch a play, lecture or art show at Presbyterian College in Clinton, or a movie at the historic  Capitol Theatre in downtown Laurens. The Laurens County Chorale, Laurens County Civic Ballet Company and Laurens County Community Theatre provide additional live entertainment throughout the year, while the Clinton Museum and Laurens County Museum feature various exhibits, collections and programs highlighting the history of the area.

Outdoor Activities

Laurens County’s outdoor scene is bursting with rivers, lakes, hiking trails, golf courses, hunting areas and a variety of other parks and recreation opportunities. Laurens County is home to the beautiful Lake Greenwood that has over 212 miles of shoreline and 11,000 acres of water. In addition to Lake Greenwood, the Old 96 District, which spans Laurens and four other counties, offers hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing, golfing, camping and other family-friendly activities. The Old 96 District has an astonishing 100,000+ acres of water and more than 262.5 miles of hiking and biking. At Musgrove Mill Historic Site, which preserves the historic site of the Battle of Musgrove Mill, visitors can experience history in a beautiful natural setting.

Families will love the variety of youth sports programs offered, such as Little League baseball, basketball, football, volleyball and cheerleading—much of which is hosted out of The Ridge at Laurens, a state-of-the-art multipurpose community and recreation center. Summer day camps, sports camps and family-friendly festivals hosted out of the Laurens City Amphitheatre are also available through the Parks and Recreation Department. Land has recently been purchased for the development of Clinton’s first sports recreation complex. In addition to several ballfields, the city’s recreation complex is set to include a pond and an amphitheater.

Business Climate

With a strong reputation as a business-friendly community, Laurens County has the highly trained workforce, ideal location and robust infrastructure for businesses to succeed in Upstate South Carolina. Located strategically between Columbia and Greenville and just 170 miles from Charleston, Laurens County gives companies access to major markets and a variety of best-in-class industrial parks, sites and buildings. Laurens County’s major employers include:

Education

Laurens is served by Laurens County School District 55 and two private schools—Laurens Academy and Lighthouse Christian Academy. Also based in Laurens County is Piedmont Technical College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the University of South Carolina Union at Laurens and Laurens County Adult Education. Less than a 10-mile drive from Laurens in Clinton is Presbyterian College, an excellent four-year institution that offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs.

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