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About Anderson, SC

Just two hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, Anderson is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in an area known as the Upstate. Our city is steeped in history and filled with Southern hospitality.


Anderson is a college town, welcoming thousands of students to Anderson University, a top-ranked private liberal arts school, and Tri-County Technical College, which offers hundreds of certification and associate’s degree programs. And don’t be surprised when / if you see more orange in Anderson than in other parts of the country. Our city is just 20 minutes from Clemson University, an ACC school and one of U.S News and World Report’s top public colleges and universities.


Anderson is the county seat for Anderson County, a fast-growing, diverse community of about 190,000 people. Our county borders Hartwell Lake, one of the largest and most popular lakes in the Southeast. As a result, Anderson County is destination for outdoor recreation with nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline and mild seasons year-round.