Fair Play, South Carolina
Location in Oconee County and the state of South Carolina.
Coordinates: 34°30′40″N 82°59′08″W / 34.51111°N 82.98556°W / 34.51111; -82.98556Coordinates: 34°30′40″N 82°59′08″W / 34.51111°N 82.98556°W / 34.51111; -82.98556
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyOconee, Anderson
 • Total6.76 sq mi (17.51 km2)
 • Land6.74 sq mi (17.45 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
815 ft (248 m)
 • Total687
 • Density102/sq mi (39.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
FIPS code45-24730
GNIS feature ID1222333

Fair Play is a census-designated place located in Oconee County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. A small portion of the CDP extends into Anderson County. As of the 2010 census, the population of Fair Play was 687.[1]

According to tradition, the name stems from an incident in which a bystander implored two brawling pioneers to "play fair".[2]


Fair Play is located in the southern corner of Oconee County, which occupies the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The CDP extends from the town center south to Lake Hartwell, a large reservoir on the South Carolina–Georgia line. Interstate 85 passes through the CDP, with access via exits 2 and 4. Greenville, South Carolina, is 44 miles (71 km) to the northeast, and Atlanta, Georgia, is 100 miles (160 km) to the southwest.


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Fair Play CDP, South Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 48.