What Bert Has To Say About Anderson Metro Area
Anderson is one of the three small cities making up the old metro area triumvirate of Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC, the center of South Carolina’s so-called “Upstate” economic region. Anderson is the westernmost of the three, which were split in 2005. The Upstate region, formerly known for textiles and agriculture, has become one of the more prosperous manufacturing regions in the South. Led by BMW, which is actually located in nearby Greer between Greenville and Spartanburg, and Michelin in Spartanburg, the area has gained prominence in manufacturing auto parts, plastics, chemicals, and other fabricated products and materials. Such small manufacturing has become Anderson’s mainstay.
Of the three cities, Anderson has been the least prosperous at least until recently, and the downtown area has that old declining Southern textile town appearance. There are some nice neighborhoods with old, historic but affordable homes. There are a number of amenities nearby, including the college town of Clemson just 20 miles away and water recreation at Hartwell Lake on the Georgia border. About 25 miles to the northeast, Greenville also offers a lot of cultural life and services. For bigger city services, Charlotte, NC is about 100 miles northeast along I-85. Cost of living is low.
Located on the eastern slope of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Anderson is in rolling country about 30 miles southeast of the higher mountains ridges. The area around Anderson is gently rolling and a mix of dense woods and agricultural land. The climate is a mix of subtropical and continental. The mountains usually protect the area from the brunt of northern cold air. Summers are warm and muggy with frequent thunderstorms. Winters are pleasant, with below-freezing daytime temperatures only a few times a year. Rainfall is abundant and spread throughout the year. A few small snowfalls or episodes of freezing rain may occur each year.