Real Estate Sales Spartanburg SC
Selling on the Internet…
Today, about 90 percent of homebuyers start their search online, according to the National Association of Realtors. And that’s where many agents like Bloomfield are focusing their efforts.
Bloomfield blogs at athomeinscottsdale.com, and she uses all types of social-networking media, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Flickr, to connect with buyers and sellers.
Rather than using open houses and fliers as her major marketing tools, she typically creates individual websites for each home she lists. The websites are stocked with photos, neighborhood information and virtual tours. If they want, potential buyers can click on a tab and print a flier.
“I view it as a critical piece of what an agent of the future needs to focus on,” Bloomfield said. “They need to be online, and they need to be relevant.”
Today, selling a home in a market filled with short sales and foreclosures can be difficult – even more so if buyers stumble across incomplete information, poor photos or nothing when they Google a home’s address.
With more and more public real-estate websites, buyers today can drive or walk down a street and find photos on their smartphone of nearby homes for sale.
Real Internet Sales helps agents with online real estate sales. RIS’s BrokerLead.com product presents agents with a turn key solution to their marketing needs—it includes website, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and other mission critical marketing features for selling real estate on line. Todd Hunnicutt, RIS VP of Marketing, says agents must have a partner in the “technology arms race.”
Obviously, technology is here to stay, and we need to be able to be a resource.
“The technology path is getting bigger and faster every day, but the other way isn’t gone,” he said. “I don’t find that any one piece of technology is a silver bullet for selling homes. I think it’s the combination of a lot of things” – including market expertise, home-showing skill and hustle.
That said, he does think every agent should do certain things to stay competitive, including having 20-25 attractive photos of a property as part of any home listing. And agents need to make sure the basic listing information is available for other websites. (It’s a technical requirement to enable an Internet Data Exchange when the listing is posted.) Also, make sure your site has specific “information centers” (owner financing, if your sites demographic is people with troubled credit, for example)that appeal to the group you’re marketing to. Also, make sure your website is coming up on the search engines (Google, etc…) under those specific terms.
“It’s a no-brainer because you want your listing out there in as many places as possible,” he said. “The easier it is for people to stumble across your home for sale, the more likely it is you’re going to get that listing sold.”
Jay Thompson, who started the blog phoenixrealestateguy.com five years ago, said technology has certainly helped him reach people in a crowded marketplace.
“I’ve been in real estate six years,” he said. “Five years ago, all you had to do was put a sign in the yard and you could sell a cardboard box in two days.”
Today, he casts a wide net online with his blog and also creates separate websites for the properties he lists. He admits the blog itself doesn’t instantly sell homes, but he said it did bring enough recognition to open his own brokerage two years ago.
Today, he uses Internet marketing almost exclusively. And the co-owner of Thompson’s Realty in Phoenix encourages other agents to be up on the latest technology.
“I tell agents all the time, you don’t necessarily have to be all over Facebook or all over Twitter, but you’d better at least understand it, because that’s where a lot of buyers are,” he said. “I’ve had a seller ask me, ‘Are you going to market my house on Twitter?’ ”
Thompson clarifies that he doesn’t think Twitter is a great tool to sell houses because most social-networking sites don’t respond well to sales pitches. Still, he said, agents need to understand how such tools can be used. He has had sellers who want to communicate with him only through texting, Facebook or Twitter.
Phoenix real-estate agent Don Mertes admits he once thought the Internet would be a passing fad. But a friend was still able to talk him into creating his blog, historicphoenix.com, about 10 years ago. Today, he’s comfortable combining tools like Facebook with old-school open houses.
“On my blog and on Facebook, I post that I’m going to have an open house,” Mertes said. “The Internet is a means of introduction, but at some point people need to leave their computer and take a tangible look. I love open houses for that.”
At a minimum, Mertes agrees agents need to make sure the homes they list on the Multiple Listing Service can be picked up by other aggregator websites. And he thinks agents should work at having a website that’s interactive, not static.
Technology aside, Thompson and Bloomfield are sticklers for the basics when it comes to selling homes.
Thompson said the biggest factors that dictate whether a home will sell are price, condition and location. And curb appeal and presentation will continue to be incredibly important – especially in a crowded market. Today, Thompson said, more than 42,000 homes are for sale in metro Phoenix, compared with fewer than 5,000 at one point during the real-estate boom years.
“Technology lets us reach a whole bunch more people than we used to reach, but when you reach that audience it still goes back to the old-school stuff,” Thompson said. “It’s about price and condition.”
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR AGENT
Selling your home? Here are five essential areas to discuss with a potential real-estate agent.
1. Photos. Most buyers start their home search online, so photos are critical. If the photos are too dark or show a cluttered, poorly maintained home, potential buyers probably won’t bother visiting – especially with more than 42,000 homes for sale in metro Phoenix.
“The Number 1 thing when I market a house is (having) good photos,” said Dru Bloomfield, a Scottsdale real-estate agent. “Having a good photographer or being a good photographer is an absolute priority.”
Make sure an agent takes good photos or hires a professional to do so. If you’re a skilled photographer, take them yourself. Turn on all the lights and clear clutter from a room before taking a photo. If a room looks cramped, remove extraneous furnishings and retake the photo.
Phil Sexton, the “Internet Marketing Dude” for John Hall & Associates in Phoenix, recommends agents post at least 20-25 good photos with each listing. For examples of what not to do, visit Phoenix Realtor Leif Swanson’s blog, uglyhousephotos.com.
2. Marketing. Find out your real-estate agent’s overall marketing plan to reach buyers – be it fliers, open houses and/or a single-property website dedicated to your home. At the very least, a real-estate agent needs to post numerous pictures to the Multiple Listing Service and allow that listing information to be syndicated to other real-estate aggregator websites.
Once your home is listed for sale, ask your agent to send you the MLS listing. Correct any errors and confirm that the photos are suitable. Then, try Googling your street address to see if your home appears on numerous public websites, such as Realtor.com, Zillow .com or Trulia.com. It if doesn’t, talk to your agent about making it more visible online.
3. Technology. Find out how technology-savvy your real-estate agent is. Does she have a website she maintains? Does he blog or use any social-networking media, such as Facebook or Twitter? Being technology-savvy doesn’t guarantee someone is a better agent, but when so many buyers start their search online, being familiar with online technology is essential.
4. Showing tips. It’s rare that any home is in perfect condition. If your agent doesn’t offer some tough love, mentioning ways to de-clutter, improve curb appeal or spruce up the home, he or she is not helping present your home in the best possible light. Sellers need a critical eye to see things they overlook that could deter buyers. Often, showing a home successfully means you’ll have to pack away collections and personal photos and mementos, so a potential buyer can picture his or her belongings (not yours) in the space.
5. Price. The price has to be right. A good agent should be able to walk you through a comprehensive study of comparable properties in your area to help you set a competitive price for your home. “The best marketing in the world can’t fix an overpriced home,” said Jay Thompson, designated broker and a co-owner of Thompson’s Realty in Phoenix.
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
|— City —|
|City of Spartanburg|
|Nickname(s): The Hub City; Sparkle City; The Burg; The Spart|
|Motto: “Historically Southern, Culturally Modern”|
Spartanburg’s location in South Carolina
|Coordinates: 34°56′48″N 81°55′39″WCoordinates: 34°56′48″N 81°55′39″W|
|• Mayor||Junie White|
|• City||19.2 sq mi (49.9 km2)|
|• Land||19.2 sq mi (49.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2) 0.47%|
|Elevation||807 ft (246 m)|
|• Density||2,066.3/sq mi (399.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1250982|
Spartanburg is the largest city in and the county seat of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States and is the fourth largest city (by urban population) in the state of South Carolina. Spartanburg has a municipal population of 37,013 and an urban population of 180,786 at the 2010 census. The Spartanburg Metropolitan Statistical Area, corresponding to Spartanburg County, had a population of 284,307 as of the 2010 census.
Spartanburg is the second-largest city in the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area which had a population of 1,266,995 at the 2010 census. It is part of a 10-county region of northwestern South Carolina known as “The Upstate,” and is located 98 miles (158 km) northwest of Columbia, 80 miles (130 km) west of Charlotte, North Carolina, and about 190 miles (310 km) northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.
This region of the Carolina Piedmont was for centuries a cherished hunting ground of the Catawba and Cherokee tribes, which occupied land east and west of this area, respectively. This distant heritage can be glimpsed in some of the natural features.
- Lawson’s Fork Creek, a tributary of the Pacolet River, was once known for its plentiful wildlife and crystal clear waters. Parks and woodlands line much of its banks (which lie entirely within Spartanburg County), and rocky shoals and natural waterfalls can be found throughout its course. It stretches from the northern end of the county to the eastern end, where it empties into the Pacolet.
- The Cottonwood Trail is a walking trail that runs along part of Lawson’s Fork located on the Edwin M. Griffin Nature Preserve. The trail includes picnic areas, a raised path over an extensive wetlands area and access to sporadic sandbars. It is used frequently by cyclists, joggers and walkers and is located just east of downtown. Since the Lawson’s Fork floodplain is not suitable for development, wildlife populate the area. Larger animals that can be found here include white-tailed deer, raccoons,wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers and snapping turtles.
- Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve is located in the midst of an urban environment, but is a welcome oasis of natural beauty. The pet project of a retired social activist, Hatcher Garden has been transformed from an eroding gully into a thick woods and flower garden and serves as a haven for birds and other wildlife.
Early European settlers to this area included French fur trappers, English woodsmen, and Scots-Irish farmers. Few remnants survive from these early pioneering days, but traces can be found in the more rural areas of the county.
- Walnut Grove Plantation, an 18th-century farmhouse, has been preserved by the Spartanburg County Historical Association. The site of a locally famous skirmish during the American Revolutionary War, it was the home of the Moore family. The plantation lies south of Spartanburg near the town of Roebuck and is open to the public for tours and during annual festivals.
- The Seay House, another 18th-century home, is a better representative of the typical pioneer home. Its single stone fireplace and simple construction were common traits associated with farmsteads from this period.
- The Price House, the third 18th-century home maintained by the Historical Association, is unique. Its sturdy Flemish-bondbrick construction and three stories are less widespread for this area. By carefully examining the original inventory lists of the house, the Historical Association has been able to retrieve period pieces that approximate the original contents of the house.
First established in the 1780s as a courthouse village, Spartanburg may have been named for the Spartan regiment of the South Carolina militia. The city was incorporated in 1831, at the time of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens, a pivotal fight of the American Revolution that took place only a few miles away. The city’s streets and architectural record reflect the changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- Morgan Square, the city’s primary downtown hub, is the original courthouse village. It was founded adjacent to a small spring (now underground) on the western slope of a ridge, which forms the border of the Tyger and Pacolet River watersheds. The square’s name derives from Daniel Morgan, the general who commanded the American forces at Cowpens. A statue of Morgan was placed in the square in 1881. The oldest existing buildings on Morgan Square date to the 1880s.
- The Magnolia Street Train Depot is one of the older buildings in Spartanburg and stands as a reminder of Spartanburg’s old nickname “the Hub City,” referring to the many transportation routes that connected Spartanburg with cities throughout the region. It is now the home of the Amtrak station, the Hub City Railroad Museum, and the Hub City Farmers’ Market.
- Hampton Heights Historic District is the city’s oldest intact downtown neighborhood, located a couple of blocks south of Morgan Square. Architectural styles in this neighborhood range from large Queen Anne and Neoclassical homes to cozy early-twentieth century bungalows.
Cotton mills have abounded in the Spartanburg area since 1816, earning Spartanburg the reputation as the “Lowell of the South.” Although there were relatively few mills in the area before the Civil War, new technological advances that simplified the work, northern capital, and out-migration from the poor farms created a wave of postbellum mill development here and in much of the Piedmont South. Additionally, the abundant streams and rivers in the area are just beginning their descent towards the lower-lying Midlands region. In many places, these waterways descend abruptly, providing a source for plentiful waterpower. Cotton mills were built along these rivers to harness this power, and so began the region’s servitude to King Cotton. These mills, their owners and their laborers dominated the politics and economy of the region for nearly a century. Although nearly all abandoned, many mills remain along the riverbanks, the Piedmont equivalent of Gothic ruins.
- Glendale Mill is located off Lawson’s Fork Creek southeast of the city. Although gutted by fire several years ago, a few towers and smokestacks remain, providing a dramatic backdrop to the dam, shoals and waterfalls of the creek below. The former company store now serves as the home of the Wofford College Environmental Studies Center.
- Beaumont Mill, north of the downtown, has recently been renovated to house the NCAA Southern Conference headquarters. The adjacent mill village has been designated as a local historic district.
- Converse Mill is located to the east of the city along the Pacolet River. It has recently been purchased by a developer. The mill was reconstructed in 1903 after a huge flood washed away the original mill.
When the United States entered World War I in 1917, one of the sixteen divisional cantonments for the training of National Guard troops was Camp Wadsworth, which is located in the vicinity of Westgate Mall. Large numbers of New York National Guardsmen trained there in addition to many southern troops. During World War II, Camp Croft south of the city trained Army recruits. This is now a South Carolina state park with the same name. Some portions of the park contain the original quonset huts (1/2 metal tube structures).
Geography and climate
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square miles (50 km2), of which 19.1 square miles (49 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.47%, is water.
The average annual temperature is 60 °F (16 °C), with the average January temperature being 40 °F (4 °C) and the average July temperature as 78 °F (26 °C). There are four distinct but not extreme seasons. Average precipitation is 51.3 inches (130 cm) and the average growing season is 231 days.
|[hide]Climate data for Spartanburg, South Carolina|
|Record high °F (°C)||79
|Average high °F (°C)||50.1
|Average low °F (°C)||30.0
|Record low °F (°C)||−5
|Precipitation inches (mm)||4.1
|Snowfall inches (cm)||2.5
The current mayor, Junie White, was elected in 2009. Spartanburg operates under a City manager form of government in which the mayor and six city council members have equal votes. Council members represent districts within the city and the mayor is elected at large. The council appoints a city manager, who is responsible for the daily administration of city governmental affairs.City Hall is located at 145 West Broad Street.
The Spartanburg County Administration Building (this is the old Sears building which was vacated in the mid-1970s when Sears moved to Westgate Mall and renovated in the late 1980s or early 1990s) is located at 366 North Church Street. It is across the street from the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
Within the past decade, developers and community leaders have spearheaded an effort to revitalize Spartanburg’s downtown district. This has resulted in a remodeling of Morgan Square, the restoration of a number of historic structures and the relocation of several businesses and company headquarters to the downtown vicinity. Some of these new developments include a nine-floor, 240-room Marriott, the headquarters of Advance America, and the headquarters of QS/1 Data Systems. The world headquarters of Denny’s restaurants is also located in downtown Spartanburg. Numerous other smaller businesses such as RJ Rockers Brewing Company have also moved downtown as a result of this community-wide effort.
The economy of Spartanburg also benefits from the BMW manufacturing facility located in the western end of Spartanburg County. Manufacturing began in 1996 with certain types of the 3 Series (from the E36 platform) and with the Z3 roadster. However, a year later when the newer 3 Series (E46) platform emerged, BMW decided not to build it at the Spartanburg plant, but instead exclusively manufacture variants of the popular Z3. The plant currently manufactures the X5 SAV and X6 SAC for the world market. As part of an expansion project announced in March 2008, the plant will add about 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of assembly space, and it will become the home of the next-generation X3 SAV.
Spartanburg is also home to the world headquarters and research facility for Milliken & Company. With over 12,000 associates located at more than 60 facilities worldwide, Milliken is one of the largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers in the world.
According to Spartanburg’s 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the principal employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|3||Spartanburg County School District 7||1,210|
|5||American Credit Acceptance||750|
|6||City of Spartanburg||492|
|10||Spartanburg County Social Services||253|
Spartanburg is a college town, with eight institutions of higher learning:
- The University of South Carolina Upstate (formerly known as University of South Carolina Spartanburg, or USCS).
- Converse College – Founded in 1889, Converse is a comprehensive masters institution with a co-ed graduate school and an undergraduate women’s liberal arts college.
- Sherman College of Chiropractic – South Carolina’s only chiropractic college
- Spartanburg Community College
- Spartanburg Methodist College – The only 2-year, private, residential college in the state.
- Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolinas Campus. First classes began in Fall 2011.
- Virginia College – Private career college opened in January 2011
- Wofford College – Founded in 1854, Wofford is a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students.
Public and private schools
Spartanburg is served by the Spartanburg County School System, which is divided into seven individual districts. Some of the districts share a vocational school. The city of Spartanburg is located in primarily in District 7 and partially in District 6. The McCarthy Teszler School is a school for special needs that serves the whole county and is physically located in District Seven.
- School District One includes Campobello-Gramling, Chapman High School, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary, Inman Elementary, Inman Intermediate, Landrum High, Landrum Middle, Mabry Middle, New Prospect Elementary, and O.P. Earle Elementary.
- School District Two includes Boiling Springs Elementary, Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary, Chesnee Elementary, Hendrix Elementary, Carlisle-Foster’s Grove Elementary, Mayo Elementary, Oakland Elementary, Boiling Springs Intermediate, Boling Springs Junior High, Rainbow Lake Middle School, Chesnee Middle School, Boiling Springs High 9th grade, Boiling Springs High School, and Chesnee High School.
- School District Three includes Cannons Elementary, Clifdale Elementary, Cowpens Elementary School, Pacolet Elementary School, Cowpens Middle School, Middle School of Pacolet, and Broome High School. District Three students can attend the Daniel Morgan Technology Center.
- School District Four has four schools: Woodruff Primary, Woodruff Elementary, Woodruff Middle and Woodruff High School. High school students also can attend R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center to learn vocational skills.
- School District Five consists of Abner Creek Elementary, Duncan Elementary, Lyman Elementary, Reidville Elementary, River Ridge Elementary, Wellford Elementary, Beech Springs Intermediate, Berry Shoals Intermediate, D. R. Hill Middle, Florence Chapel Middle, James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy, and James F. Byrnes High School. Vocational school students can attend R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center.
- School District Six comprises Anderson Mill Elementary, Arcadia Elementary, Jesse S. Bobo Elementary, Fairforest Elementary, Lone Oak Elementary, Pauline-Glenn Springs Elementary, Roebuck Elementary, West View Elementary, Woodland Heights Elementary, Fairforest Middle, R. P. Dawkins Middle, L. E. Gable Middle, Dorman Freshman Campus, and Paul M. Dorman High School. District Six students can attend R. D. Anderson Applied Technology Center.
- School District Seven consists of Jesse Boyd Elementary, Chapman Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Houston Elementary, Park Hills Elementary, Pine Street Elementary, Mary H. Wright Elementary, Edwin P. Todd School, George Washington Carver Middle, Joseph G. McCracken Middle, Whitlock Junior High, Spartanburg High School Freshman Academy, and Spartanburg High School. The Daniel Morgan Technology Center, ZL Madden Learning Center, The Myles W. Whitlock Flexible Learning Center, and The Early Learning Center at Park Hills also serve District Seven.
Spartanburg is home to Spartanburg Christian Academy, a K-12 private school in North Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Day School, a K-12 private school offering the International Baccalaureate in grades K-4, and to Oakbrook Preparatory and Westgate Christian schools, both K-12 private schools. The city is also home to Spartanburg Charter School, a K-8 public charter school that is the only “brick and mortar” charter school in the Upstate. Opened in August 2009, the school features a Reggio Emilia approach to their curriculum.
Spartanburg is home to the main campus of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. It has five Regional Outreach Centers throughout the state.
Spartanburg County’s healthcare is mainly provided by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Spartanburg Regional is a public, not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery system based in the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, a 588-bed teaching and research hospital. SRHS provides healthcare services to a five-county area in North and South Carolina, serving an Upstate medical population of more than 300,000 people.
In 1925, Dr. Hugh Ratchford Black opened a 35-bed facility named in honor of his wife, Mary Black. The current Skylyn Drive facility opened in 1968, and today, the campus features a 353,690-square-foot (32,859 m2) modern medical facility. The medical staff consists of more than 350 physicians representing all specialties. Mary Black Physician Group has over 100 employed physicians in more than 30 locations.
Spartanburg is home to many events throughout the year:
- The Hub City Farmers’ Market, an outdoor market held Saturday mornings from 6:00am – 12:00pm during the summer and fall on the grounds of the historic Magnolia Street Train Station, showcasing local (often organic) produce and goods.
- Retrofest, the Southeast’s largest disco festival held at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on the first Saturday in February.
- Spring Fling, a weekend festival typically held the first Saturday of May, has many live artists, rides, and other assorted attractions.
- The SouthEast LinuxFest – annual, well attended Linux and open source software conference for the southeast – held in Spartanburg in 2010 and 2011.
- Red, White and Boom, a Fourth of July event held at Barnet Park featuring patriotic music and a fireworks display.
- The Annual Sidewalk Arts Show, an open, juried art exhibition held concurrently with The International Festival on the first Saturday in October.
- The International Festival, an event showcasing culture and cuisine from countries around the globe held at Barnet Park on the first Saturday in October.
- Music on Main, a street concert event held every Thursday (April through August) downtown.
- The Greek Festival, a major street festival that is held in September by the local Greek community at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. It offers Greek food and cultural activities, and is the sister festival to the Greek Festival held every spring in Greenville.
- Dickens of a Christmas, a Victorian holiday event held annually in downtown Spartanburg on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
- Festifall, an historical celebration held on the grounds of the 18th-century Walnut Grove Plantation in October, featuring demonstrations and reenactments.
- Taste of the Backcountry, a historical celebration held on the grounds of the 18th-century Price House in April, featuring food samples and demonstrations.
Other attractions include:
- The Spartanburg Museum of Art
- The Spartanburg Regional Museum of History
- The Spartanburg Science Center
- Ballet Spartanburg  which has hosted over 22 national and international ballet companies.
- Hub City Railroad Museum 
- Spartanburg Music Trail  which is a series of signs throughout downtown recognizing famous local musicians.
- Several golf courses, including two private 18-hole courses at the Country Club of Spartanburg and the Carolina Country Club.
- Cowpens National Battlefield
- The Hotspot Skatepark
- Ground Zero historic live music venue.
Quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers participate in training camp at Wofford College in 2011.
Historic Duncan Park Stadium was once home to the Spartanburg Stingers in the Coastal Plain League and the Spartanburg Crickets in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League and is the oldest minor league baseball stadium in the country. It was also once home to the Spartanburg Phillies, a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies. It now is the home stadium for the baseball teams of Spartanburg High School.
The annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is held each year at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium. It is a high school football all-star game played between the top players from South Carolina and the top players from North Carolina.
The USC Upstate Spartans, Spartanburg Methodist College Pioneers, and the Wofford College Terriers offer a variety of sports for both men and women. Converse College also offers NCAA Division II women’s sports teams.
The Spartanburg Parks Commission hosts several travel baseball and softball tournaments each year, helping brand the city as one of the Southeast’s most reputable tournament locations. Tyger River Park, a 13-field mega baseball/softball complex, opened in 2012.
Arts and culture
Despite its size as a small city, Spartanburg has, throughout its history, been a fruitful home to a creative community. Cultural events and institutions abound in the city and county and consistently draw large crowds.
- The Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg’s cultural anchor for history, art, theatre, dance, music, and science, is located in a three-building complex on the northern edge of downtown. Opened in October 2007, the Center was designed by David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services of Washington, D.C. It houses the Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg County Regional History Museum, Science Center, Little Theatre, Ballet, Music Foundation, and other groups that were formerly located in The Arts Center on South Spring Street. It is owned and operated by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts and cultural agencies in Spartanburg County.
- The Showroom, the home of Hub-Bub, is a new center for progressive arts in the community. It houses a gallery, film screen, stage, and concert venue and is home to a nationally recognized artist residency program. Hub-Bub is the creative effort responsible for the founding of The Showroom and, as a project goal, seeks to attract and retain creative talent in the community. It was launched in March 2005 by the Hub City Writers Project with assistance from private donors and the city of Spartanburg. The Hub City Writers Project, located a block away, serves the community as a local publishing company and independent bookstore. The Showroom also housed the first TEDxSpartanburg event on Sept. 10, 2011.
- Converse College is a nationally known four-year liberal arts institution recognized for its strong music and visual art programs. It hosts events open to the community throughout the year. Twitchell Auditorium is located on the campus of Converse College. Home of the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Twitchell Auditorium has served as hosts to other groups such as the Spartanburg All-County High School Band and Boston Brass. Twitchell Auditorium was built in 1899 and renovated for the school’s centennial celebration in 1989. Famous for its acoustics, the 1500-seat auditorium is home to a 57-rank Casavant organ with 2,600+ pipes. Theatre Converse puts on several plays a year, and Converse puts on an opera annually, as well as opera scenes. The college has had major concerts in recent years with such artists as Caedmon’s Call, Jason Mraz, Corey Smith, and Colbie Caillat.
- Wofford College is a prestigious liberal arts college.
- The Spartanburg County Public Library headquarters, housed in an innovative building on South Church Street, is home to a voluminous collection of fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, A/V materials and items relating to local history and genealogy. The library hosts many meetings, concerts and presentations.
- The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium is located on N. Church Street, across from the municipal building in the northwest end of the city of Spartanburg. The “SMA” has hosted various famous acts such as Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills and Nash, B.B. King, Billy Joel, David Copperfield, Lewis Grizzard, Harry Connick, Jr., Gerald Levert, Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Phish, A Prairie Home Companion, and many others. Originally built in an Art Deco style and was renovated ca. 2002 including a new facade and backstage with loading area.
- Spartanburg’s primary newspaper is the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, a member of the Halifax Media Group.
- The Spartanburg Journal is a weekly newspaper that is part of a Community Journal group that also has editions in Greenville and Anderson.
- The Spartan Weekly News is a weekly newspaper with offices located in downtown Spartanburg. The paper covers all of Spartanburg County with an emphasis on the city of Spartanburg, and its coverage focuses on items of community interest and well as news from around the upstate of South Carolina.
- The award-winning Hometown News Group has several newspapers throughout the county and upstate region: The Boiling Springs Sentry, The Blacksburg Times, The Inman Times, Spartanburg County News, The Chesnee Tribune, The Middle Tyger Times, The Whitmire News, The Woodruff News, and The Greer Citizen. Aside from local news and sports coverage, the newspapers offer free wedding and social announcements.
- Upstate Link magazine is a young reader (20s–30s) newsweekly in the Upstate of South Carolina, which includes Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson. The weekly publication began in January 2004. Link continues to be a print publication, but its website ceased operation in 2008. Its new website is run by Chicago-based Metromix.
- Root is a non-profit quarterly newspaper written, edited, designed, and published entirely by volunteers. The focus is on stories that convey an “uncommon kindness.” Topics generally include animal and eco-advocacy, social justice, spirituality, and compassionate use of creative arts.
Spartanburg is served by the Spartanburg Area Regional Transit Agency (SPARTA), covering the city of Spartanburg and the surrounding urbanized area with 8 routes leading to a wide variety of destinations. The new SPARTA Passenger Center is located at 100 North Liberty Street.
- The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) lies mostly in Spartanburg County in suburban Greer, and it serves Greenville as well as Spartanburg. It has became one of the busiest airports in South Carolina.
- The Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (SPA) is a general aviation airport owned and operated by the City, which lies southwest of town.
Amtrak‘s Crescent train connects Spartanburg with the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Greensboro, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. TheAmtrak station is situated at 290 Magnolia Street.
As of the census of 2000, there were 39,673 people, 15,989 households, and 9,721 families residing within the Spartanburg city limits. The population density was 2,066.3 people per square mile (799.9/km²). There were 17,696 housing units at an average density of 923.9 per square mile (356.8/km²). The racial makeup within the city limits was 49.55% African American, 47.15% White, 0.18% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.76% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.
There were 15,989 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 23.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 79.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $28,735, and the median income for a family was $36,108. Males had a median income of $30,587 versus $23,256 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,136. About 19.4% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.6% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.
List of neighborhoods
- Andrews Farm
- Beaumont Mills
- Ben Avon
- Beverly Woods
- Blackstock Trace
- Boiling Springs
- Bradford Crossing
- Bradford Place
- Bradford West
- Brentwood Hills (now considered a part of Converse Heights)
- Calhoun Lakes
- Camp Croft
- Cannons Campground
- Carolina Country Club
- Cedar Springs
- Central Pacolet
- Cleveland Heights
- Cleveland Park
- Converse Heights
- Cypress Creek
- Duncan Park
- Fernwood-Glendale Rd.
- Forest Hills
- Hampton Heights (National Register of Historic Places district)
- Hawk Creek
- Linville Hills
- North Spartanburg
- Oak Creek Plantation
- Oak Forest
- Pacolet Mills
- Park Hills
- Pierce Acres
- Pine Grove
- Poplar Springs
- Rock Springs
- Shadow Lakes
- Sherwood Acres
- South Side
- Southern Shops
- Swan Estates
- Union Street
- Valley Falls
- Windsor Forest
- Woodburn Hills
- Woodland Heights
- Ted Alexander (1912 – 1999), American baseball pitcher in the Negro Leagues
- Pink Anderson (1900–1974), blues musician; inspiration for the “Pink” in Pink Floyd
- David Ball (born 1953), country musician
- Joe Bennett, lead singer and guitarist from the 1950s rock ‘n roll band “Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones”
- James Francis Byrnes (1882–1972), lawyer, congressman, senator, Supreme Court Justice (only person to step down off the bench for another federal post—head the wartime Office of Economic Stabilization), advisor to FDR, Secretary of State to Truman, Governor of South Carolina
- Wilson Casey (born 1954), syndicated newspaper columnist, speaking entertainer, and Guinness World Record holder
- Marshall Chapman (born 1949), singer-songwriter
- David Daniels (born 1966), counter-tenor
- Stephen Davis (born 1974), American football running back
- Marion Kirkland Fort (1921–1964), mathematician
- Art Fowler (1922–2007), pitcher and pitching coach in Major League Baseball
- Grace Beacham Freeman (1916–2002), poet, columnist, short story writer; South Carolina Poet Laureate 1985–86
- Hank Garland (1930–2004), legendary Nashville guitarist who played on the records of Patsy Cline and Elvis, among others.
- George Gray (aka One Man Gang) (born 1960), Pro wrestler
- Fred Griffith (born 1964), American actor and film producer
- Mark Hammond (born 1963), South Carolina Secretary of State
- Lee Haney (born 1951), eight-time Mr. Olympia record holder
- Dennis Hayes (born 1950), inventor of the Hayes modem
- Walter Hyatt (1950–1996), country musician and songwriter
- Mark R. Johnsen (born 1962), founder and owner of Spartanburg’s first and only brewery, RJ Rockers Brewing Company
- Joseph T. Johnson (1858–1919), United States Representative from South Carolina
- Kenneth Law, cellist
- D. Shane Trotter, publisher, photographer, artist, founder of MonsterCon comic convention
- Donald Lawrence (born 1961), Gospel artist
- Marshall Tucker Band, Southern rock band featuring George McCorkle, Doug Grey, Jerry Eubanks, Toy Caldwell, Tommy Caldwell, et al.
- Marcus McBeth (born 1980), baseball player
- Roger Milliken (1915–2010), billionaire owner of the largest privately held textile manufacturing firm in the world (Milliken & Company)
- Bud Moore (born 1925), NASCAR team owner/crew chief
- D. J. Moore (born 1987), American football player
- Samuel J. Nicholls (1885–1937), United States Representative from South Carolina
- Angela Nikodinov (born 1980), US figure skater
- Cotton Owens (born 1924), NASCAR team owner/crew chief
- David Pearson (born 1940), race car driver
- Gianna Rolandi (born 1952), operatic soprano
- Mick Minchow, owner/founder of Ground Zero music hall
- Al “Flip” Rosen (born 1924), MLB 4-time All-Star third baseman and first baseman, MVP, 2-time home run champion, 2-time RBI leader
- Donald S. Russell (1906–1998), former South Carolina governor, president of the University of South Carolina, US Senator, and member of the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Archibald Rutledge (1883–1973), South Carolina poet laureate, resided in Spartanburg for about 20 years
- Jack Smith (1924–2001), NASCAR driver
- Buck Trent (born 1938), country music instrumentalist who accompanied Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, among others
- Ira Tucker (1925–2008), lead singer of the influential gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds
- William “Singing Billy” Walker (1809-1875), compiler of shape note tunebooks, including The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion.
- Celia Weston (born 1951), actress.
- William Westmoreland (1914–2005), Commander of U.S. Forces in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, later Chief of Staff of the United States Army, pushed heavily for investigation of My Lai Massacre against President Nixon’s wishes
First Baptist Church (pastor Don Wilton, 2012) is located in Spartanburg at 250 East Main Street.
First Presbyterian Church at 393 East Main (pastor Tom Evans, 2012)
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