Anderson, South Carolina, named for the Revolutionary War hero General Robert Anderson, was founded in 1826 and incorporated in 1833. The county seat of Anderson County, this thriving city is currently home to more than 25,500 residents. Anderson is located in South Carolina's northwest corner, approximately 132 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina, and 127 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia.
Anderson Historic District, Boulevard Historic District, Downtown Historic District and Westside Historic District are four historic districts all within the city limits of Anderson. Each one encompasses distinct neighborhoods with historical significance.
Many different styles of architecture are displayed in the historic districts including Victorian and Colonial and Greek Revival. These districts include mostly residential buildings with a few churches scattered throughout.
In addition to these neighborhoods, Anderson's suburban areas offer new single-family housing developments, ranging from starter homes to executive country club and golf course homes. The area also enjoys the potential for new home development. Apartment complexes, condominiums and retirement communities are also housing options for Anderson residents.
Anderson has an urban population. Neighborhoods and districts of Anderson accommodate around 12,100 houses, out of which more than 10,500 are occupied. A little over half of the residents of Washington are homeowners. The median home price in Anderson is slightly less than the statewide median.
Manufacturing is the largest industry in Anderson and there are more than 230 manufacturers in the city involved in a plethora of industries, such as automotive, plastics, textiles and industrial machinery.
Anderson has unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. Some of the most common industries for the residents of Anderson include manufacturing, educational, healthcare, social services and retail trade.
Anderson's top employers include AnMed Health, Techtronic Industries, and numerous automotive suppliers.
Anderson is home to 11 parks and six athletic fields, offering residents such amenities as picnic areas, playgrounds, lakes, walking trails, basketball courts, tennis courts and ball fields. Darwin Wright Park features a disc golf course, a boat ramp and dock, a fishing pier and a beach area for swimming. Additionally, two swim centers, each with a 25-meter pool and a diving pool, are available for use by the community.
Anderson Recreation Center is a membership-based facility offering two gymnasiums, basketball and volleyball courts, a fitness center with cardio- and weight-training equipment, and meeting rooms available for rental. Anderson's recreation department also operates a second facility, Jim Rice Center.
Youth recreation programs available in Anderson include basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, cheerleading, volleyball, and a golf clinic. Adult sports include basketball, flag football, tennis, softball, and tennis baseball. Shag dancing classes are also offered.
A variety of visual and performing art venues are available to Anderson residents. These include:
Residents of Anderson, as well as visitors, enjoy the myriad events that are offered in the community, such as:
The city is home to Anderson University, a private liberal arts institution offering more than 40 undergraduate degrees, as well as business and education graduate programs. The Trojans athletics department offers students the opportunity to participate in a number of men's and women's sports.
Also located in Anderson is Forrest Junior College, which offers associate's degree programs in nine areas of study, including business administration, allied health, and criminal justice. The college also offers diploma programs to its students.
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