Piedmont, South Carolina

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Piedmont is a census-designated place (CDP) along the Saluda River in Anderson and Greenville counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 4,684 at the 2000 census.

The Greenville County portion of Piedmont is part of the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Anderson County portion is part of the Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

After the American Revolution David Garrison Sr. settled in the SC Indian Territory about 1786 at a place known to the Indians as "Big Shoals of the Saluda". The name of this location was changed to "Garrison Shoals" by David Sr. where he, along with son David Jr. owned a grist mill, tavern and 1200 acres of land. It would later become known as Piedmont, Greenville County, South Carolina when the name was changed once again by the owner of the first successful cotton mill of the area who had purchased the original mill's property from David Sr. David Sr's property was located between Piedmont and Pelzer on Golden Grove Creek of the Saluda River where he appears on the 1790 Census and he is known as the founder of Piedmont

Piedmont Manufacturing Company, which was organized in 1873 and began operation in 1876. This textile mill was one of the first large-scale cotton manufacturers in upstate South Carolina and had considerable influence on the development of other mills in the area.

Geography

Piedmont is located at 34°42′15″N 82°27′41″W / 34.70417°N 82.46139°W / 34.70417; -82.46139 (34.704140, -82.461427)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²), of which, 8.6 square miles (22.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (1.83%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,684 people, 1,829 households, and 1,349 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 545.6 people per square mile (210.8/km²). There were 1,992 housing units at an average density of 232.0/sq mi (89.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.08% White, 5.85% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

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