Abbeville County At a Glance
Prepared by the Abbeville County Development Board (864) 366-2181
Foothills of western South Carolina, approximately 2 hours from Atlanta, Georgia and 35 minutes from Interstate 85 at Anderson, South Carolina.
Temperature climate with warm summers and mild winters. Mean average temperature – 63F. Average annual rainfall – 43 inches.
Rolling countryside intersected by numerous small rivers emptying into the Savannah River on the western border.
508 square miles
340 -382 feet (on Piedmont Plateau) above sea level.
Lake Russell, Lake Secession
Savannah River, Rocky River, Little River
2000 Census – 26,314
9.6% over the past 10 years
Per Capita Income:
Median Household Income:
County – 11,610 (December 2003)
County – 8.2% (December 2003)
30 manufacturing and distributing companies
Telephone – Verizon, West Carolina Rural Telephone
Electricity- City of Abbeville, Little River Electric, Duke Power & SCE&G
Natural Gas – SCE&G and Piedmont Natural Gas
Water/Sewer – 4 companies
Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, Honea Path Multi-County Park, Lakelands Commerce Center & Ware Shoals
Abbeville County (www.discoverabbeville.com)
Greenville/Spartanburg – 52 miles Hartsfield/Atlanta – 135 miles
Nearest Port Facility:
Charleston, South Carolina – 189 miles
Nearest Foreign Trade Zone:
Greenville/Spartanburg – 60 miles
Interstate 85 – 35 miles
Interstate 26 – 35 miles
Interstate 20 – 45 miles
Form of Government:
Abbeville County has the Council Form of Government with 7 Council members Elected to 4 year terms.
The City of Abbeville has the Council/Manager Form of Government with a Mayor and 8 Council Members Elected to Four Year Terms. The City Manager is Appointed by Council to Manage the City’s Operations.
Public Safety Offices:
Abbeville County has a Sheriff’s Department with 27 Certified Officers; The County also has 10 volunteer Fire Departments
The City of Abbeville has a Police Department with 18 full-time officers and 12 reserve officers; the City’s Fire Department is staffed with 5 full-time firefighters and 16 pay-on-call firefighters.
Abbeville County Memorial Hospital -52 beds
A building to house the Abbeville County Memorial Hospital is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2006.
One school district composed of 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 career center and 3 high schools. Public school enrollment – 3874; average pupil/teacher ratio: 17:1.
Erskine College in Due West; Piedmont Technical College in Abbeville and Lander University in Greenwood (15 miles)
Abbeville Press & Banner, Greenwood Index-Journal, Anderson Independent, Greenville News
Boating, fishing, hunting, camping, sightseeing, live theatre at historic Abbeville Opera House.