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Anderson County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 187,126. Its county seat is
Anderson. Named for Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson, the county is located in northwestern South Carolina, along the Georgia border.
Anderson County is included in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Anderson County and its county seat, Anderson, were named for Revolutionary War general Robert Anderson (1741-1812).
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Anderson County and its county seat, Anderson, were named for Revolutionary War general Robert Anderson (1741-1812). This region was occupied by the Cherokee Indians until 1777, when it was ceded by treaty to the state. Part of the "Indian Land" became Pendleton District (also called Washington District at one time.) The area was given its present name in 1826, when Pendleton District was split into Anderson and Pickens. Most of the early settlers of this area were Scotch-Irish farmers who moved south from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the eighteenth century. The oldest town in the county is Pendleton, which was founded around 1790; it became a popular summer resort for lowcountry planters in the nineteenth century. Some famous residents of Anderson County were United States senator and governor Olin D. Johnston (1896-1965), business leader Charles E. Daniel (1895-1964), and composer Lily Strickland (1884-1958).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 757 square miles (1,962 km2), of which, 718 square miles (1,860 km2) of it is land and 39 square miles (102 km2) of it (5.21%) is water.
Anderson County contains 55,950-acre (226 km2) Lake Hartwell, a US Army Corps of Engineers lake with nearly 1,000 miles (2,000
km) of shoreline for residential and recreational use.
Bordering counties are as follows:
It is the home of Anderson University, a private, selective comprehensive university of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.