Quality of Life


Average Temperatures60.0°
Average Humidity83%
Mean Yearly Precipitation43.2”
Heating Degree Days3,342
Cooling Degree Days1,546
Earliest Freeze DayOCT 22
Last Freeze DayAPR 6

 County Schools2

 # schools# teachers# enrolled
Tech. School135700
Student to Teacher Ratio: 15.6:1

Higher Education

Limestone College
Converse College– Spartanburg
Furman University — Greenville
Spartanburg Methodist College
Spartanburg Technical College
University of South Carolina at Union
University of South Carolina at Spartanburg
Winthrop University — York
Wofford College — Spartanburg
York Technical College

Cost of Living3, 4

 Composite IndexHousing Index
Spartanburg/Cherokee, SC92.585.9
Charlotte, NC95.189.2
Charleston, SC103.1105.4
Atlanta, GA99.097.8
Raleigh/Durham, SC101.2102.8
Columbia, SC95.994.3
Chattanooga, TN92.185.0
Richmond, VA104.4101.8

Public Safety

  County Wide Protection provided by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, which employs 75 deputies
  City of Gaffney and Town of Blacksburg operate municipal police departments
  In 2000, county’s crime rate per 10,000 population was 455.5 compared to the state rate per 10,000 population of 527.5
  Cherokee County has 13 fire protection agencies employing some 350 trained fire fighters
  Gaffney has a fire insurance rating of 4
  Blacksburg has a fire insurance rating of 4

Health Care

As Cherokee County’s local hospital, Upstate Carolina Medical Center provides citizens and businesses with the finest and most convenient healthcare possible.  With 125 beds and approximately 425 employees, the hospital is the community’s primary source of healthcare, offering a wide range of services such as Occupational Medicine, maternity services, EMS, and a 24 hour emergency room.  The mission of the hospital is to “provide A Higher Medical Standard” by delivering quality professional care with a personal touch.  For the past five years, Upstate Carolina has received commendation from the nation’s most authoritative accreditation agency.  The hospital is located at 1530 N. Limestone Street in Gaffney; Interstate 85, Exit 95.  The main telephone number is (864) 487-4271.


Annual Peach FestivalKings Mountain National Military Park
Cowpens National BattlefieldSumter National Forest
12 Up-country state parksNumerous county parks and recreational facilities
County-sponsored community recreational programsFully Equipped Cherokee County YMCA
Blue Ridge Mountains of North and South Carolina (hiking, camping, skiing, and horseback ridingLakes, rivers, streams, and hunting areas (hunting, fishing, and water sports)
Numerous public and private area gold coursesSouth Carolina Beaches with a half a day’s drive
Charlotte Professional sports teamsCollege and University sports teams

Culture and Entertainment

Performances sponsored by area colleges
Promotions of fine arts by the Arts Council and Gaffney Little Theatre
Start performances, Broadway shows, dance companies, chamber music, and local talent presented at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville, SC


More than 100 houses of worship representing most major faiths in Cherokee County
More than 200 houses of worship representing all major faiths in nearby Spartanburg

1: Source: Cherokee County C of C, 2002
2: Source: Cherokee County School District, 2002
3: ACCRA Cost of Living Index, 1st Qtr. 2003
4: Cherokee County is Socially and Economically aligned with Spartanburg

Cherokee County Development Board
225 South Limestone Street
Gaffney, SC 29340