Anderson is a magnificent city with a population of over 30,000. The city stands out as the center of an urbanized area of 75,702. It is considered none of the principal cities/urban center in Greenville-Mauldin-Anderson Metropolitan Area, and is contiguous with Anderson County, which hosts a population exceeding 190,000. Additionally, Anderson city is part of the larger Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC Combined Area, which has a population exceeding 1.4 million. Position-wise, Anderson city is found just off Interstate 85 and is specifically located 120 miles from Atlanta, and 140 miles from Charlotte.
Of the three primary cities which constitute the upstate region, Anderson is the smallest of all. Nit is conventional known by its nickname, “The Electric City” or alternative as the Friendliest City of South Carolina. Its spirit as well as quality of life has earned it a national recognition and it has recently been known as an All-America City. It is also home to the renowned Anderson University which is a selective private comprehensive university housing approximately 3,000 undergraduate as well as graduate students.
Anderson’s downtown is found at the center of Anderson County, which lies approximately 8 miles to the south of Interstate 85. It is bound to the northern side by Greenville Street, to the eastern side by Fant Street, to the southern side by Franklin Street, and to the western side by the famous Towers Street. Most of the original structures line the streets and are at varying revitalization stages, while quite a number of the recently completed stand out as well. Many others are still under construction. Amongst the most prominent structures is the remodeled building which used to house Chiquola Hotel, and has now been transformed into condominiums which have lots of retail space on its first floor.
In the recent times, there have emerged lots of structures including the magnificent new courthouse, built directly across the old courthouse which previously served as the county headquarters until 1995 and is still serving various governmental functions. As a matter of fact, a number of developments have been recorded in Anderson’s downtown over the recent years. For instance, parts of what was the original look of Brick Street have been resurfaced on the Main Street, and the majority of the buildings have been given some paint.
Also outstanding are the new farmers’ market and art gallery which were constructed on Tribble Street next to old railroad station. There is also the new parking garage located at Whitner Street’s corner and Murray Avenue.
Attractions in Anderson, SC include the Split Creek Farm, Pendleton Historic District, South Carolina Botanical Garden, and Stumphouse Tunnel, among others. Outstanding events include Anderson International Festival, Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee, Pickens Azalea Festival, City of Central Railroad Festival, and Mayberry in Westminster, among others. There are lots of other places and activities visitors can enjoy in Anderson.