Easley
Top, left to right: Downtown Easley, Norfolk Southern Railway, Easley Mill, Easley water tower, Easley City Hall
Top, left to right: Downtown Easley, Norfolk Southern Railway, Easley Mill, Easley water tower, Easley City Hall
Official seal of Easley
Motto: 
"Time Well Spent"
Easley is located in South Carolina
Easley
Easley
Location of Easley in South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°49′24″N 82°35′25″W / 34.82333°N 82.59028°W / 34.82333; -82.59028
Country United States
State South Carolina
CountiesPickens, partially Anderson
Established1874
Incorporated1901
Government
 • Mayor[1]Lisa Talbert
 • Police ChiefBrandon Liner
 • Fire ChiefBradley Owen
Area
 • Total13.07 sq mi (33.86 km2)
 • Land13.05 sq mi (33.80 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation1,063 ft (324 m)
Population
 • Total22,921
 • Density1,756.26/sq mi (678.11/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
29640-29642
Area code864
FIPS code45-21985
GNIS feature ID1247594[3]
Websitewww.cityofeasley.com

Easley is a city in Pickens County (with parts extending into Anderson County) in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Most of the city lies in Pickens County, with a small portion of the city in Anderson County.

In 2001, Easley hosted the Big League World Series for the first time, and continued to host the tournament annually until it was disbanded in 2016. In 2017, the Senior League World Series moved to Easley as the host for the annual tournament. The Upper South Carolina State Fair is located in Easley and is held annually in early September.

History

Downtown Easley in early 1900s.

In 1791, Washington District was established by the state legislature out of the former Cherokee territory. Rockville was also created in 1791 but changed to Pickensville in 1792. Pickensville became the district seat of Washington District which was then composed of Greenville and Pendleton Counties. In 1798, Washington District was divided into Greenville and Pendleton Districts. In 1828, Pendleton District was divided further with the lower portion becoming Anderson County and the upper becoming Pickens County named after Andrew Pickens.

Col. Robert Elliott Holcombe became a co-founder of the town by starting off as a farmer and timber mill owner in the area. His farming ventures enabled him to establish the storeroom in 1845 as the first business in the area. The namesake of the town was William King Easley. Easley was born in Pickens County, South Carolina in 1825. Easley and four others from Greenville represented the Greenville area in the South Carolina Secession Convention. When the American Civil War erupted, Easley raised a company of cavalry from Greenville and Pickens counties. During the war, Easley served as a major in the Confederate Army.[5]

After the civil war, Easley became a local attorney and persuaded the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway to be established through Pickensville by raising $100,000 to invest in the railroad. Holcombe was considered to be the first citizen of Easley, building the first dwelling and train depot in the town from his family's lumber mill. Holcombe became the first mayor of the town and was also the first agent of the train depot.[6] The town of Easley was chartered in 1873. At the time, the consensus was that it should be named Holcombe or Holcombetown, but Col. Holcombe said that he didn't think Holcombe was a very attractive name and that Easley sounded better. The Pickensville Post Office became Easley Post Office in 1875. The railroad transformed Easley into an industrious and thriving textile town. The Easley Textile Company, later known as Swirl Inc., came to Easley in 1953. The construction of U.S. Route 123 helped establish retail and new business in Easley. On April 25, 1951, a department store was on fire threatening many buildings in downtown Easley but the quick response of the fire department extinguished the fire.[7]

In 1968, NASCAR driver Curtis Turner caused a telephone outage in Easley while landing his airplane on the town's main street.[8]

In 2020, longtime fire chief Butch Womack was elected mayor.[9] However, in 2023, Lisa Talbert challenged his reelection, becoming Easley's first female mayor when she defeated him.[10]

Geography

Easley is located in southeastern Pickens County at 34°49′24″N 82°35′25″W / 34.82333°N 82.59028°W / 34.82333; -82.59028 (34.823371, -82.590394),[11] 12 miles (19 km) west of the center of Greenville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.8 km2), of which 12.2 square miles (31.7 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.17%, is water.[12]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1880327
189042128.7%
1900903114.5%
19102,983230.3%
19203,56819.6%
19304,88636.9%
19405,1836.1%
19506,31621.9%
19608,28331.1%
197011,17534.9%
198014,26427.6%
199015,1956.5%
200017,75416.8%
201019,99312.6%
202022,95714.8%
2023 (est.)26,386[13]14.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[14][4]

2020 census

Easley racial composition[15]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 17,340 75.65%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,680 11.69%
Native American 32 0.14%
Asian 268 1.17%
Pacific Islander 5 0.02%
Other/Mixed 1,041 4.54%
Hispanic or Latino 1,555 6.78%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 22,921 people, 8,738 households, and 5,571 families residing in the city.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,754 people, 7,227 households, and 5,058 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,668.8 inhabitants per square mile (644.3/km2). There were 7,932 housing units at an average density of 745.6 per square mile (287.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.35% White, 11.81% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.82% of the population.

There were 7,227 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,204, and the median income for a family was $47,867. Males had a median income of $35,399 versus $25,443 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,965. About 8.4% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Military

National Guard

Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 263rd Army Air Missile Defense Command, is based at the Easley National Guard Armory in Easley.

Recruiting

JROTC

Awarded Distinguished Unit 20 consecutive years in a row by NJROTC Area 6.

Education

Public school services are provided to Easley by the School District of Pickens County. 7 of their schools provide public education to the children of Easley.

Most preschools in the city are private and provided by churches. There are also several private schools, such as Easley Christian School.

Tri-County Technical College maintains a campus in Easley. Clemson University is also located in nearby Clemson. Southern Wesleyan University is located in nearby Central, Greenville Technical College and Furman University are located nearby in Greenville.

Easley has a public library, a branch of the Pickens County Library System.[16]

Notable people

References

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  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
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  4. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
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  8. ^ "CURTIS M. TURNER, RACING DRIVER, 46 (Published 1970)". The New York Times. October 6, 1970. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  9. ^ Robertson, Jarvis. "Butch Womack sworn in as new Easley mayor". FOX Carolina. Archived from the original on May 23, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Cromer, Brookley; Stoddard, Freeman (November 14, 2023). "Talbert declares victory to become first female mayor in Easley history". FOX Carolina. Retrieved June 25, 2024.
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  12. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Easley city, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2023". United States Census Bureau. May 16, 2024. Retrieved May 16, 2024.
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  16. ^ "Locations & Hours". Greenville County Library System. Retrieved June 13, 2019.