Gaffney, South Carolina

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Population in 2017: 12,782 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -1.4%
 
Males: 6,053  (47.4%)
Females: 6,729  (52.6%)
Median resident age:

37.2 years
South Carolina median age:

39.4 years

Zip codes: 29341.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $31,160 (it was $29,480 in 2000)
Gaffney:

$31,160
SC:

$50,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $19,085 (it was $17,755 in 2000)

Gaffney city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $117,267 (it was $70,400 in 2000)
Gaffney:

$117,267
SC:

$161,800

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $115,481; detached houses: $117,107; mobile homes: $26,230

Median gross rent in 2017: $615.

March 2019 cost of living index in Gaffney: 80.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 27.7%
(18.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.1% for Black residents, 30.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 41.3% for other race residents, 61.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Gaffney, SC (2010)
    • 6,07348.9%White alone
    • 5,63945.4%Black alone
    • 3813.1%Hispanic
    • 1711.4%Two or more races
    • 1080.9%Asian alone
    • 300.2%American Indian alone
    • 90.07%Other race alone
    • 30.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Gaffney detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of South Carolina and other state lists, there were 35 registered sex offenders living in Gaffney, South Carolina as of July 07, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Gaffney is 377 to 1.


Crime rates in Gaffney by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
2
(15.2)
0
(0.0)
2
(15.4)
0
(0.0)
4
(30.3)
1
(7.6)
4
(31.8)
2
(15.9)
1
(7.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(7.9)
1
(8.0)
3
(23.1)
2
(15.6)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
12
(91.3)
11
(83.7)
8
(61.8)
8
(61.8)
12
(90.8)
3
(22.8)
10
(79.6)
11
(87.5)
12
(94.7)
16
(126.2)
12
(95.2)
14
(111.4)
7
(53.9)
8
(62.4)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
25
(190.2)
35
(266.5)
39
(301.3)
27
(208.6)
31
(234.4)
23
(174.8)
20
(159.2)
7
(55.7)
13
(102.6)
19
(149.8)
14
(111.0)
28
(222.8)
14
(107.8)
19
(148.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
87
(661.8)
91
(692.8)
109
(842.0)
90
(695.4)
78
(589.9)
61
(463.7)
42
(334.4)
57
(453.3)
40
(315.6)
50
(394.3)
60
(475.9)
61
(485.4)
69
(531.5)
75
(585.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
131
(996.6)
174
(1,325)
218
(1,684)
159
(1,229)
89
(673.1)
105
(798.2)
99
(788.3)
105
(835.1)
75
(591.7)
115
(906.8)
107
(848.7)
117
(930.9)
69
(531.5)
128
(998.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
758
(5,766)
756
(5,756)
703
(5,431)
584
(4,512)
223
(1,686)
279
(2,121)
315
(2,508)
322
(2,561)
275
(2,170)
335
(2,642)
442
(3,506)
479
(3,811)
356
(2,742)
692
(5,400)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
48
(365.2)
64
(487.2)
44
(339.9)
69
(533.1)
27
(204.2)
46
(349.7)
30
(238.9)
26
(206.8)
27
(213.0)
49
(386.4)
35
(277.6)
26
(206.9)
25
(192.6)
88
(686.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(22.8)
3
(22.8)
3
(23.2)
4
(30.9)
2
(15.1)
3
(22.8)
2
(15.9)
0
(0.0)
2
(15.8)
2
(15.8)
1
(7.9)
1
(8.0)
1
(7.7)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)622.5647.4701.4560.3452.3347.3416.7386.6330.7424.8442.3503.1390.3583.5

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City-data.com crime index in Gaffney, SC

Crime rate in Gaffney detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 45 (41 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.20
South Carolina average:

2.48
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Ancestries: American (14.5%), Irish (4.4%), English (2.7%), Scotch-Irish (2.2%), Scottish (1.9%), German (1.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 769 feet

Land area: 7.86 square miles.

Population density: 1,626 people per square mile   (low).

Gaffney, South Carolina map

137 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.0%
South Carolina:

4.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $787 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $569 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gastonia, NC (29.6 miles , pop. 66,277).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (47.5 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (493.2 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

East Gaffney, SC (1.3 miles ),
Blacksburg, SC (2.9 miles ),
Macedonia, SC (2.9 miles ),
Saratt, SC (3.0 miles ),
Cowpens, SC (3.1 miles ),
Earl, NC (3.3 miles ),
Mayo, SC (3.4 miles ),
Clifton, SC (3.4 miles )

Latitude: 35.07 N, Longitude: 81.65 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,323 (+25.4%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,634 (35.7%)

Area code: 864

Distribution of median household income in Gaffney, SC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Gaffney, SC in 2017
Gaffney satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 12 buildings, average cost: $53,800
  • 1998: 15 buildings, average cost: $62,600
  • 1999: 7 buildings, average cost: $64,900
  • 2000: 12 buildings, average cost: $63,500
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $49,000
  • 2002: 4 buildings, average cost: $86,100
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $59,600
  • 2004: 8 buildings, average cost: $58,200
  • 2005: 4 buildings, average cost: $85,900
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $77,800
  • 2007: 8 buildings, average cost: $61,300
  • 2008: 18 buildings, average cost: $86,600
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $123,300
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $114,000
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $83,300
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $155,000
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $155,000
  • 2015: 3 buildings, average cost: $143,200
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $127,000
  • 2017: 6 buildings, average cost: $90,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Gaffney, SC residents
Average permit cost in Gaffney, SC
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.4%
South Carolina:

3.3%
Historical population in Gaffney, SC
Historical housing units in Gaffney, SC
Most common industries in Gaffney, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Textile mills & textile products (13.5%)
  • Health care (7.1%)
  • Educational services (6.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.3%)
  • Construction (5.5%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.5%)
  • Food (4.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Textile mills & textile products (15.9%)
  • Construction (10.0%)
  • Metal & metal products (6.3%)
  • Food (4.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.1%)
  • Truck transportation (3.0%)
  • Educational services (3.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (12.6%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (10.8%)
  • Educational services (10.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.7%)
  • Clothing & accessories, including shoe, stores (5.5%)
  • Food (4.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.7%)
Most common occupations in Gaffney, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.7%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (8.3%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Cashiers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (10.4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (8.1%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7.3%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (5.2%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.0%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (8.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6.1%)
  • Cashiers (5.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)
  • Registered nurses (3.5%)

Average climate in Gaffney, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Gaffney, South Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2016 was 71.4. This is about average.

City:

71.4
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2016 was 32.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.0
U.S.:

33.3
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2007 was 0.00000. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00000
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Gaffney-area historical tornado activity is near South Carolina state average. It is 8% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 15.5 miles away from the Gaffney city center killed 2 people and injured 35 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 27.8 miles away from the city center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Gaffney-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Carolina state average. It is 84% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 95.7 miles away from Gaffney center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 139.5 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 251.2 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 173.3 miles away from Gaffney center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 229.4 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 145.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cherokee County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Ice Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Hurricanes: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Gaffney topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Gaffney:

  • J.CLAUDE FORT II (818 WEST MONTGOMERY ST.)
  • NOVANT HEALTH GAFFNEY MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, 1530 N LIMESTONE ST)
  • BROOKVIEW HEALTHCARE CENTER (510 THOMPSON STREET)
  • CHEROKEE COUNTY LTC FACILITY (1434 N LIMESTONE ST)
  • GERIATRIC LTC-CHEROKEE CITY MEM HOS (NORTH LIMESTONE ST)
  • DCI GAFFNEY (405 TIFFANY PARK)
  • TOTAL CARE HOME HEALTH (517 CHESNEE HIGHWAY, SUITE C & D)

Airports and heliports located in Gaffney:

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Amtrak station near Gaffney:

  • 18 miles: SPARTANBURG (290 MAGNOLIA ST.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.

College/University in Gaffney:

  • Limestone College (Full-time enrollment: 2,758; Location: 1115 College Drive; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.limestone.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Gaffney:

  • Gardner-Webb University (about 13 miles; Boiling Springs, NC; Full-time enrollment: 4,241)
  • Cleveland Community College (about 17 miles; Shelby, NC; FT enrollment: 2,541)
  • University of South Carolina-Upstate (about 19 miles; Spartanburg, SC; FT enrollment: 4,994)
  • Spartanburg Community College (about 21 miles; Spartanburg, SC; FT enrollment: 4,309)
  • Isothermal Community College (about 24 miles; Spindale, NC; FT enrollment: 2,165)
  • Gaston College (about 32 miles; Dallas, NC; FT enrollment: 4,385)
  • Winthrop University (about 37 miles; Rock Hill, SC; FT enrollment: 5,575)

Public high schools in Gaffney:

  • CHEROKEE TECHNOLOGY CENTER (Students: 542, Location: 3206 CHEROKEE AVENUE, Grades: 9-12)
  • GAFFNEY HIGH (Location: 149 TWIN LAKES ROAD, Grades: 9-12)

Private high school in Gaffney:

  • HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 37, Location: 4279 CHEROKEE AVE, Grades: 2-12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Gaffney:

Private elementary/middle school in Gaffney:

  • THE VILLAGE SCHOOL (Students: 77, Location: 200 N LIMESTONE ST, Grades: KG-8)
See full list of schools located in Gaffney

Library in Gaffney:

  • CHEROKEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $939,709; Location: 300 E. RUTLEDGE AVENUE; 120,445 books; 46,329 e-books; 2,934 audio materials; 2,312 video materials; 6 local licensed databases; 35 state licensed databases; 100 print serial subscriptions; 78 electronic serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Gaffney: A J Eastwood Library (A), Gaffney City Fire Department (B), Cherokee County Courthouse (C), Cherokee County Jail (D), Cherokee County Public Library (E), Gaffney City Hall (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Southway Shopping Center (1), South Hills Shopping Center (2), Gaffney Mall Shopping Center (3), Cherokee Shopping Center (4), Cherokee Plaza Shopping Center (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Gaffney include: Central Church (A), Antioch Baptist Church (B), Bethseda Presbyterian Church (C), Cherokee Avenue Baptist Church (D), Church of God (E), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (F), Deliverance Jesus As Lord Church (G), Episcopal Church of the Incarnation (H), First Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Providence Cemetery (1), Oakland Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Providence Branch (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Gaffney include: Irene Park (1), Thomson Park (2), Milliken Park (3), McCluney Park (4), Limestone Springs Historic District (5), Gaffney Residential Historic District (6), Gaffney Commercial Historical District (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Cherokee County History Museum & Fine Arts Center (301 South Johnson Street) (1), B & E Game Room (Amusement & Theme Parks; 107 North Granard Street) (2), H & O Amusement (Amusement & Theme Parks; 610 South Granard Street) (3), Brown J M Amusement CO (Amusement & Theme Parks; 144 Matthew Road) (4), R & R Amusement (921 Chesnee Highway) (5), B & E Associates (Arcades & Amusements; 111 North Granard Street) (6), Childers N L (Arcades & Amusements; 111 North Granard Street) (7). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Jameson Inn (101 Stuard Street) (1), Gaffney Inn (Highway I 85 & Exit) (2), Comfort Inn Gaffney (143 Corona Drive) (3), Hampton Inn Gaffney (115 Nancy Creek Road) (4), Holiday Inn Express (100 Ellis Ferry Avenue) (5), Jameson Inn Gaffney (Sj) (101 Stuard Street) (6), Red Roof Inn Gaffney (132 New Painter Rd I-85 At Highway 105 Exit #90) (7). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Gaffney City - Municipal Court (201 North Limestone Street) (1), Cherokee County - Clerk Of Court (Court House) (2), Cherokee County - Circuit Court Judge (Court House) (3), Cherokee County - Family Court- Family Court Judge (Court House) (4), Cherokee County - Family Court- Support Office (Court House) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Andie MacDowell - (born 1958), actor, Dominique Stevenson - 2005 NFL player (Washington Redskins, born: Dec 28, 1977), Tim Montgomery - Athletics competitor, Kertus Davis - Busch series NASCAR driver (born: Feb 26, 1981), Arizona Reid - College basketball player (High Point Panthers), Ben Dixon (musician) - Jazz drummer, Bernard Robinson (kickboxer) - Kickboxer, Bob Peeler - Politician, Charlie Blanton - Former NASCAR driver, Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. - Politician.

Cherokee County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Gaffney and their reported violations in the past:

GAFFNEY BPW (1110001) (Population served: 22,051, Surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Gaffney that have no violations reported:

  • GRASSY POND WATER CO (1120002) (Population served: 7,643, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • DRAYTONVILLE WATER DIST (1120003) (Population served: 4,793, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • MACEDONIA WATER WORKS (1120005) (Population served: 2,310, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
Average household size:
This city:

2.3 people
South Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

60.0%
Whole state:

67.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.0%
Whole state:

6.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Gaffney in 2010:

  • 245 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 195 people in college/university student housing
  • 79 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 35 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 33 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 2 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness

People in group quarters in Gaffney in 2000:

  • 280 people in nursing homes
  • 225 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 72 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 40 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 25 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Gaffney (2011 data):

  • First Piedmont Federal Savings and Loan Association of Gaffney: First Piedmont Federal Savings And L, 210 S Limestone St Branch, 503 N Granard St Branch. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $289.2 mil, Deposits: $209.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 6 total offices
  • Yadkin Valley Bank and Trust Company: State Highway 11 Branch at 626 Chesnee Highway, branch established on 2001/08/09; Gaffney Main Branch at 217 North Granard Street, branch established on 1996/10/18. Info updated 2009/05/19: Bank assets: $1,991.0 mil, Deposits: $1,738.1 mil, headquarters in Elkin, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 39 total offices, Holding Company: Yadkin Valley Financial Corporation
  • Bank of America, National Association: Gaffney Main Office Branch at 100 North Limestone Street, branch established on 1952/02/14; Gaffney Mall Branch at 1602 West Floyd Baker Boulevard, branch established on 1976/11/24. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Gaffney Main at 101 North Limestone Street, branch established on 1974/08/05. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • SunTrust Bank: Gaffney Branch 736 at 1504 West Floyd Baker Boulevard, branch established on 1921/01/01. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $171,291.7 mil, Deposits: $129,833.2 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1716 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • The Palmetto Bank: Gaffney Branch at 311 South Limestone Street, branch established on 1969/03/29. Info updated 2011/04/01: Bank assets: $1,204.5 mil, Deposits: $1,066.9 mil, headquarters in Greenville, SC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 34 total offices, Holding Company: Capgen Capital Group V Lp
  • Woodforest National Bank: Gaffney Branch at 165 Walton Drive, branch established on 2008/07/26. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)

For population 15 years and over in Gaffney:

Marital status in Gaffney, SC
  • Never married: 37.4%
  • Now married: 36.6%
  • Separated: 4.5%
  • Widowed: 9.4%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

For population 25 years and over in Gaffney:

  • High school or higher: 79.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.2%
  • Unemployed: 7.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.1
South Carolina average:

11.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Gaffney
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Religion statistics for Gaffney, SC (based on Cherokee County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant27,74884
Mainline Protestant2,83015
Black Protestant2,24310
Catholic1,1001
Other6442
None20,777-
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Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
This county:

1.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Cherokee County:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Cherokee County:

1.67 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 40
Cherokee County:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 41
Here:

7.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.6%
State:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

29.6%
State:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Cherokee County:

13.5%
South Carolina:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

48.4%
South Carolina:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

44.0%
South Carolina:

45.1%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.2
South Carolina:

29.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
Gaffney:

19.9%
South Carolina:

20.8%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

12.9%
State:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
South Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Gaffney:

34.6%
State:

34.4%

General health condition:
This city:

53.0%
South Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Gaffney:

78.7%
South Carolina:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Gaffney, SC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 36$123,633$41,2110$0
Firefighters 34$81,104$28,62510$6,347
Streets and Highways 18$42,631$28,4210$0
Other Government Administration 9$20,022$26,6960$0
Financial Administration 7$22,859$39,1872$3,452
Other and Unallocable 7$20,237$34,6920$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 4$17,413$52,2391$1,718
Judicial and Legal 4$8,948$26,8443$3,241
Police - Other 4$11,013$33,0390$0
Parks and Recreation 3$7,782$31,1285$4,305
Fire - Other 1$2,142$25,7040$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 127$357,784$33,80621$19,063

Gaffney government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Local Fire Protection: $243,000 ($19.01)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,284,000 ($256.92)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,504,000 ($195.90)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,963,000 ($153.58)
    Central Staff Services: $1,955,000 ($152.95)
    Financial Administration: $507,000 ($39.67)
    Parks and Recreation: $444,000 ($34.74)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $440,000 ($34.42)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $387,000 ($30.28)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $11,000 ($0.86)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $54,000 ($4.22)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Financial Administration: $4,000 ($0.31)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $187,000 ($14.63)
    Local Fire Protection: $170,000 ($13.30)
    General Public Building: $167,000 ($13.07)
    Police Protection: $91,000 ($7.12)
    Parks and Recreation: $89,000 ($6.96)
    Central Staff Services: $8,000 ($0.63)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $5,342,000 ($417.93)

Gaffney government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $53,000 ($4.15)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $32,000 ($2.50)
    Solid Waste Management: $28,000 ($2.19)
    Parks and Recreation: $9,000 ($0.70)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $10,000 ($0.78)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,063,000 ($83.16)
    Education: $269,000 ($21.05)
    Housing and Community Development: $59,000 ($4.62)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $392,000 ($30.67)
    Interest Earnings: $206,000 ($16.12)
    Donations From Private Sources: $147,000 ($11.50)
    General Revenue - Other: $50,000 ($3.91)
    Sale of Property: $20,000 ($1.56)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $990,000 ($77.45)
    Highways: $124,000 ($9.70)
    Housing and Community Development: $80,000 ($6.26)
    Other: $45,000 ($3.52)
  • Tax - Property: $4,842,000 ($378.81)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,299,000 ($179.86)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,325,000 ($103.66)
    Public Utility License: $1,027,000 ($80.35)

Gaffney government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,062,000 ($83.09)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $805,000 ($62.98)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $257,000 ($20.11)

Gaffney government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,265,000 ($411.91)

5.21% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($34,481 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.21%
South Carolina average:

7.95%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Spartanburg County, SC  1.67% ($34,990 average AGI)
from Cleveland County, NC  0.42% ($32,436)
from York County, SC  0.28% ($28,212)


4.87% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($32,565 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.87%
South Carolina average:

6.98%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Spartanburg County, SC  2.05% ($33,956 average AGI)
to Cleveland County, NC  0.33% ($29,230)
to York County, SC  0.24% ($33,600)
Businesses in Gaffney, SC
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1KFC1
Ace Hardware1La-Z-Boy1
Advance Auto Parts1Lane Bryant1
Aeropostale1Lane Furniture2
American Eagle Outfitters1Little Caesars Pizza1
Ann Taylor1Lowe's1
Applebee's1McDonald's2
Arby's1New York & Co1
AutoZone1Nike3
Banana Republic1Olive Garden1
Bath & Body Works1Outback1
Blockbuster1Outback Steakhouse1
Brooks Brothers1Pac Sun1
Burger King2Papa John's Pizza1
CVS1Penske1
Catherines1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Pottery Barn1
Chick-Fil-A1Pottery Barn Kids1
Chico's1Quality1
Clarks1RadioShack1
ColorTyme1Red Roof Inn1
Cracker Barrel1Rite Aid1
Curves1Rue211
Dairy Queen1SONIC Drive-In1
Domino's Pizza2Skechers USA1
DressBarn1Sleep Inn1
Dressbarn1Soma Intimates1
Eddie Bauer1Starbucks1
FedEx4Super 81
Ford1T-Mobile1
GNC1Taco Bell1
GameStop1Toys"R"Us1
Gap1U-Haul3
Gymboree1UPS3
H&R Block2Vans1
Hilton1Waffle House2
J.Crew1Walgreens1
Jones New York1Walmart1
Journeys1Wendy's1
Juicy Couture1YMCA1
Justice1

Strongest AM radio stations in Gaffney:

  • WFGN (1180 AM; daytime; 3 kW; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: HOPE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEAC (1500 AM; daytime; 1 kW; GAFFNEY, SC)
  • WBCU (1460 AM; 50 kW; UNION, SC)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WWOL (780 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WLTC (1370 AM; 20 kW; GASTONIA, NC)
  • WAGL (1560 AM; daytime; 50 kW; LANCASTER, SC; Owner: PALMETTO BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • WORD (950 AM; 5 kW; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Gaffney:

  • WYFG (91.1 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WBAV-FM (101.9 FM; GASTONIA, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WAGI-FM (105.3 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: GAFFNEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSSL-FM (100.5 FM; GRAY COURT, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WLNK (107.9 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WPEG (97.9 FM; CONCORD, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNKS (95.1 FM; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: INFINITY RADIO SUBSIDIARY OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WLYT (102.9 FM; HICKORY, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WGWG (88.3 FM; BOILING SPRINGS, NC; Owner: GARDNER-WEBB JUNIOR COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WWMG (96.1 FM; SHELBY, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKKT (96.9 FM; STATESVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WROQ (101.1 FM; ANDERSON, SC; Owner: OBC BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Gaffney:

  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WRET-TV (Channel 49; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WSQY-LP (Channel 66; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ASHEVILLE MEDIA GROUP, LLC)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WAFF (Channel 48; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Gaffney fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 68Number of bridges
  • 833ft / 254mTotal length
  • $4,647,000Total costs
  • 626,253Total average daily traffic
  • 92,235Total average daily truck traffic
  • 531,698Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic
New bridges in Gaffney, SC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 21930-1939
  • 111950-1959
  • 71960-1969
  • 131970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 91990-1999
  • 142000-2009
  • 82010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Gaffney, SC
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Gaffney)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 227 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Gaffney, SC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 47 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 135 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Gaffney)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Gaffney)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$131,14021$80,65268$78,7424$20,0051$3,174,02010$45,417
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$07$68,1631$60,0100$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$95,9454$122,43324$90,9454$12,0400$01$164,480
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$82,24011$83,1831$71,1300$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$81,5003$67,1730$00$00$0
Choose year:  2003 1999

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 9703.01

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2003
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED5$135,4368$102,6151$67,420
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED3$78,5371$95,5801$60,010
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$102,6150$01$60,010
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0
Choose year:  2003 1999

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 9703.01

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Gaffney, SC
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Gaffney, SC - Value

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 238. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 338 took place in 2007, and the least - 19 in 2003. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Gaffney, SC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (43.6%), and Outside Fires (34.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Gaffney, SC
    • 1,65743.6%Structure Fires
    • 1,32434.8%Outside Fires
    • 55114.5%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 2717.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Gaffney, SC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Gaffney, South Carolina:

  • Super 8 Motel, 100 Ellis Ferry Ave, Gaffney, South Carolina 29340 , Phone: (864) 489-1699, Fax: (864) 489-7699
  • Quality Inn, 143 Corona Dr, Gaffney, South Carolina 29341 , Phone: (864) 487-4200, Fax: (864) 487-4637
  • Jameson Inn, 101 Stuard St, Gaffney, South Carolina 29341 , Phone: (864) 489-0240
  • Sleep Inn Of Gaffney, 834 Winslow Ave, Gaffney, South Carolina 29341 , Phone: (864) 487-5337, Fax: (864) 487-5339
  • Hampton Inn, 115 Nancy Creek Rd, Gaffney, South Carolina 29340 , Phone: (864) 206-0011, Fax: (864) 206-0905
  • Econo Lodge, 136 Peachoid Rd, Gaffney, South Carolina 29341 , Phone: (864) 489-7172, Fax: (864) 489-5353
All 6 fire-safe hotels and motels in Gaffney, South Carolina
Most common first names in Gaffney, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James40370.1 years
Mary25177.3 years
John25071.3 years
William24472.6 years
Robert16968.5 years
Charles12967.0 years
Willie8974.1 years
Thomas8871.4 years
Annie7878.7 years
Margaret7775.4 years
Most common last names in Gaffney, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith17770.3 years
Littlejohn16470.1 years
Phillips15072.9 years
Martin12474.1 years
Blanton12175.3 years
Davis10873.0 years
Mullinax10569.5 years
Jones10173.4 years
Mccraw10076.6 years
Spencer9573.3 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Gaffney, SC
  • 49.1%Utility gas
  • 46.8%Electricity
  • 3.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Gaffney, SC
  • 74.1%Electricity
  • 22.6%Utility gas
  • 2.3%No fuel used
  • 0.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Gaffney compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.

Gaffney on our top lists:

  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people taking a taxi to work (population 5,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
There are 18 pilots and 21 other airmen in this city.
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  • Jimmy Lee Waters (2)
  • T. Richard Trammell (1)
  • Kelvin Rafael Estrada (1)
  • Geraldine Price Medley (1)
  • Kevin Kaylin (1)
  • Donna Lee Houle (1)
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