Chesnee, South Carolina

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Chesnee is a city in Cherokee and Spartanburg counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 1,003 as of the 2000 census.



Chesnee is located at 35°8′54″N 81°51′43″W / 35.14833°N 81.86194°W / 35.14833; -81.86194 (35.148299, -81.861945).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square mile (2.3 km²), all land.


The Chesnee Land Company bought a sizeable acreage at what is now Chesnee. A leading member of the company was John B. Cleveland of Spartanburg. Cleveland named the company - and later the town - after his great grandmother, Margaret Chesnee, who was born in Scotland and married Alexander Vernon, also born in Scotland.[4] The Clinchfield Railroad ran an excursion train over the newly laid rails to Spartanburg on October 23, 1909.

The Chesnee post office was established in 1910.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,003 people, 396 households, and 239 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,116.4 people per square mile (430.3/km²). There were 460 housing units at an average density of 512.0/sq mi (197.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.20% White, 27.52% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 1.99% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.69% of the population.

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