Welcome to the center of it all! Anderson County is truly a hub of activity with something for everyone to enjoy. With a small-town feel plus plenty of big-city amenities and activities, Anderson County is your perfect relocation destination.

As of the 2020 census, Anderson County is home to 203,718 residents. The county spans 713.9 square miles and is the 15th largest county in South Carolina by area.

Anderson County is growing at an unprecedented pace! We are so happy to welcome all our new neighbors to this beautiful slice of the Upstate. Are you considering moving upstream and joining us as well? Get to know the towns and cities within our borders, each of which has a unique charm and storied history. You may just fall in love with one of these classic Southern communities.

Anderson

Known as “The Electric City,” Anderson was one of the first cities in the Southeast to have electricity thanks to a dam and hydroelectric plant built in 1895. In the many years since, Anderson continues to be on the cutting edge, attracting large corporations like Michelin, Arthrex, and Bosch to the area. The city of Anderson was one of only ten communities to be designated an “All-American City” in 2000 by the National Civic League and is nicknamed “The Friendliest City in South Carolina.” Anderson offers the best of both worlds, with small-town living and a true sense of community here at home – and big-city excitement and opportunities close by.

Belton

Belton is a small town with big attractions, known primarily for its historic Standpipe as well as its love for tennis and proximity to railroads. The Standpipe is a 155-foot-tall concrete water tank that was built in 1909, now towering over the city like a medieval castle tower. Every year, Belton celebrates the Standpipe and its industrial past with the Standpipe Heritage & Arts Festival. Belton is also home to the Palmetto Tennis Championships and the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, of interest to sports gurus. If you’re looking for a convenient hub in Anderson County, consider Belton: it lies at the junction of four highways with connections to all the surrounding larger cities.

Honea Path

On the edge of Anderson County lies Honea Path, a small community with a strong past. After the first settlers arrived in the late 18th century, they quickly purchased land to build a school, homesteads, a railroad junction, and hotels for travelers. In the 1850s, that small water stop along the rail line developed into a fully fledged town! Honea Path developed into a cotton mill town, and indeed their strongest industry remains fabric and textile production. In 1908, the Carnegie Library system came to town and established a branch here in Honea Path, giving it the distinction of the smallest town in South Carolina with this prestigious connection. Visit the great folks in Honea Path today!

Pelzer &
West Pelzer

Often grouped together due to their small size, these two towns hold tight to tradition and their cultural roots. Pelzer and West Pelzer were founded as mill towns along the Saluda River, and while the many area mills are either gone or out of commission today, Pelzer is still known as “Mill Town.” Residents value their close-knit relationships that still carry through from the mill days, and these true small towns provide a quaint atmosphere thanks to the focus on preservation.

Pendleton

Located on historic Cherokee land, Pendleton lies between Anderson and Clemson and is home to a variety of stunning historic landmarks. In the early 1800s, many wealthy families built vacation homes in Pendleton, some of which still stand and welcome visitors today. Pendleton’s downtown square and refined architecture uphold this longstanding tradition of refinement and elegance. The town now is known for its frequent community initiatives and events to bring residents together and amplify town spirit.

Piedmont

Piedmont lies along the Saluda River near the border with Greenville County and, like many of the other towns along the river, was quickly established as a thriving mill town. In the decades after the Civil War, a cotton mill was established and ran off a hydroelectrical plant that supplied the town with energy for half a century. Today, Piedmont contains a wide variety of small communities and residents spread along the busy exchange between Anderson and Greenville.

Powdersville

Unlike its neighbors whose mills produced cotton and textiles, Powdersville’s mill produced gunpowder, giving the town its name. This mill opened in 1859, on the eve of the Civil War, but during the war was allocated for storage rather than production. Just over a century later, the town’s industry had shifted to providing drinking water to nearby residents. To match its growing population, its first high school was established in 2011 and the town continues to grow today!

Starr & Iva

These two small communities are often grouped together, and it’s not unusual to hear residents refer to “Starr-Iva” as if it were one place! Starr and Iva share a rich history of agriculture and farming that still holds true in many residents’ daily lives today. Straddle the past and the present when you visit these towns: stop at the Iva Museum and Visitor’s Center to learn more about its history, including the Quilt Trail art installation, which originated here.

Williamston

Williamston is best known for its sparkling clear spring water that burbles up from the town park. The water was once rumored to make people appear younger, and although Williamston doesn’t seem to be home to the fabled Fountain of Youth, it is home to an annual Spring Water Festival that takes place in August. This quaint yet thriving town is a great place to relax while you’re still near bigger hub cities and all their attractions.