Anderson County, South Carolina

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Anderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 173,500; in 2005, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that its population had reached 175,514. Its county seat is Anderson.[1] It is included in the Anderson, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.[2]

Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson, the county is located in northwestern South Carolina, along the Georgia border. Anderson County contains 55,950-acre (226 km2) Lake Hartwell, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake with nearly 1,000 miles (2,000 km) of shoreline for residential and recreational use. The area is a growing industrial, commercial and tourist center.

Anderson County is the home of Anderson University, a private, selective university of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.


Awards and honors

Due to Anderson County's progressive personality, the list of awards and recognition is extensive. Below are just a few:

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)- 2006 Budget Presentation Award
  • National Association of County Information Officers Superior and Excellent Awards
  • International Association of Emergency Manager's Interagency Disaster Preparedness Award
  • SC Association of Counties' 2006 Barrett Lawrimore Regional Cooperation Award
  • SC Military Dept's Five Star Award for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves
  • Association of Public Safety Communication Officials' Emergency 9-1-1 Center of the Year Award
  • All-America City Award 2000 For a more comprehensive list, visit the Anderson County website at

Business Climate

With over 230 manufacturers, including 22 international companies, in the county, Anderson has a thriving business climate. The top major industries in Anderson include manufacturers of automotive products, metal products, industrial machinery, plastics, publishing and textiles. Two industries that many times interconnect are the plastic and automotive sectors. There are more than 27 BMW Suppliers in the Upstate, which is recognized internationally as an automotive supplier hub. The plastic industry has a strong presence in the Upstate with 244 plastic companies located within the 10 counties of the northwest corner of SC. Anderson County, in particular, has 11 automotive suppliers and is a major player in the plastic industry with 27 plastic companies located within its borders.[3]

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