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About Spartanburg

An international community which still affords its residents and visitors that sought after Southern charm, Spartanburg has set the pace as the leader in attracting foreign direct investment. With over $4 Billion of announced private sector capital investment in the last 5 years, Spartanburg is a leader in the field of economic development and has established a global brand by the many companies that call it home. BMW, Milliken, Denny’s, Michelin, Toray, AFL, Kobelco, American Credit Acceptance, Draexlmaier, Trelleborg, Advance America, adidas Group, and Indorama all reside in Spartanburg.

Spartanburg’s future is built on the success of its past while at the same time leveraging the partnerships created to better position its community for the next generation. A tradition rich in logistics and a geographic location at the intersection of Interstates 85 and 26 has positioned Spartanburg well however the leadership of its citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs that have Spartanburg positioned to excel in the future.

Formed in 1785, Spartanburg County and its county seat were named for the Spartan Regiment, a local militia unit that fought in the Revolutionary War. The county has grown from a frontier trading post and later a major textile center to an important, more diversified, manufacturing center with more than 500 manufacturing firms. Spartanburg County also is an international business center with the highest per capita foreign investment and more than 110 international firms, including BMW Manufacturing Corporation. Spartanburg County offers businesses an excellent transportation system, including highways, rail and truck lines, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and proximity to the Port of Charleston. Spartanburg's location at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-85 and I-26, put it on the top of the list for business and personal relocation.


Spartanburg County, SC is the 4th largest county in South Carolina by population and contains 31 census designated places. The largest places in Spartanburg County, SC by population are Spartanburg, SC; Greer, SC; and Boiling Springs, SC. Spartanburg County, SC borders Polk County, NC; Rutherford County, NC; Cherokee County, SC; Greenville County, SC; Laurens County, SC; and Union County, SC.

Quick Stats


  2010 2012¹ 2017¹
Population* 284,307 288,046 300,910
Pop. 65 & Above* 38,227 40,355 47,660

¹ ESRI Forecasts for 2012 and 2017
* US Bureau of Census, 2010 Census of Population and Housing


  2005-09* 2012** 2017**
Per Capita Personal Income $22,230 $21,695 $23,758
Median Household Income $42,349 $41,062 $49,351

* US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-year Estimates
** ESRI Forcasts for 2012 & 201


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