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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUmE 12 — ISSUE 1 48 anderson/laKe hartwell by alyssa lafaro A city of many nicknames, Anderson was frst recognized as the "City of Hospitality" for its courteous air and gorgeous gardens. Today, it's often called the "Friendliest City in South Carolina" for the same reason. During the Industrial Revolution, however, Anderson transformed into the "Electric City" for being the frst in the South to attach long-distance cables to faraway hydroelectric power plants. By 1897, the city overfowed with electric streetcars and street lamps, and became home to the world's frst electrically powered cotton gin. The history of the town extends back to long before electricity, though. It's named after General Robert Anderson, who, in the mid-1700s, frst explored the land, which was originally Cherokee hunting ground. Farmers from Scotland, Ireland and England eventually settled in the town — and their perseverance and innovation is what led to Anderson's electric success in the late 19th century. Today, the city preserves that history within the Anderson County Museum, which boasts more than 20,000 artifacts of textile, military and religious signifcance. Courthouses also play an important role here. In fact, Anderson was originally known as "Anderson Courthouse," but it eventually dropped the second word in its name. The town has seen four diferent courthouses — the frst was built of logs and Anderson/Lake Hartwell hospitality, the great outdoors, courthouse(s) was soon replaced by a sturdier, brick building in 1856. The Anderson County Courthouse presently standing was rebuilt in 1898, but features the clock and bell from the 1956 building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A more modern, courthouse (technically the town's fourth) across the street is actively used today. The spirit of Anderson's residents continues to defne its presence. Its grass-root eforts to revitalize the city earned it the title of "All-America City" in 2000 — an honor from the National Civic League given to communities working together to solve problems. To bring together the public, businesses, and nonproft organizations, the city erected a new library, large YMCA, sports and entertainment complex, KidVenture playground, and community health initiative ofering free prescription medicines and healthcare to those who can't aford it. The energy of the great outdoors fosters the community spirit of Anderson as well. Each year, residents fock to the nearby Lake Hartwell State Park for adventures in fshing, boating, hiking and camping. In fact, the park is the only one in the state to ofer single- room camper cabins. For those looking for something more fast-paced, check out a rodeo or two at the Anderson Civic Center or NASCAR races at the Anderson Motor Speedway. Anderson also has a variety of clubs for nearly any hobby imaginable — ballet, barbershop quartet, bridge, birding, cycling, folk dancing, gardening, genealogy, horseback riding, quilting, reading, running, sailing, square dancing, stamp collecting and writing. Like most cites, education and healthcare take the top spots for employment numbers with AnMed Health leading the way as Anderson's largest employer, followed by the Anderson County School District, Electrolux Home Products, and the State of South Carolina Budget and Control Board. The city is also home to Anderson University — a private, Christian college ofering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in 60 areas of study. U.S. News & World Report ranks the college as 16th on its list of "Best Regional Colleges in the South." The cost of living in Anderson is 16.9 percent lower than the national average and the median home cost is extremely reasonable at approximately $94,000. A low unemployment rate (5.1 percent versus the U.S. average of 6.3 percent) and student-to-teacher ratio (11.6 students per teacher) also make it an ideal place to grow some roots. Travelers will enjoy Anderson's ease-of-access to a multitude of southern cities. It's just about two hours from the state capital of Columbia, as well as Atlanta and Charlotte; a little more than three hours from >>

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