Powderville, South Carolina

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Powdersville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 5,362 at the 2000 census. For many decades, Powdersville was mainly a farming community. In recent years, many new housing subdivisions and businesses along S.C. Highway 153 have turned Powdersville into a bustling suburban area.

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Geography

Powdersville is located at 34°46′57″N 82°29′32″W / 34.7825°N 82.49222°W / 34.7825; -82.49222 (34.782620, -82.492138)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36.1 km²).13.9 square miles (36.1 km²) of it is land and no significant bodies of water are present.

History

According to local legend, the area of Powdersville received its name (that's Powdersville with an "s", and not Powderville) because the general stores sold gunpowder and the powder could be seen spread about the town. So when entering the town, people would say, "This must be Powdersville."

Another legend about how Powdersville got its name is that the area was used for gunpowder/ammo storage during the Civil War. It was supposedly stored somewhere near the old Powdersville Opry House.

An alternative theory claims that the area was a stopping point for lady travelers to "powder" their nose.

In late 2008, the U.S. Postal Service began allowing "Powdersville" to be used for mail delivery in the 29611 (Greenville), 29642 (Easley) and 29673 (Piedmont) Zip Codes. This is optional. There is a satellite post office in 81 Plaza Shopping Center. While this satellite is technically Piedmont (29673), Powdersville may be used as an address.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,362 people, 1,989 households, and 1,615 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 384.4 people per square mile (148.4/km²). There were 2,133 housing units at an average density of 152.9/sq mi (59.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.18% White, 4.35% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

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