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Gaffney, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Gaffney is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Cherokee County at latitude 35.0755 and longitude -81.6576. Cherokee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 784 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Gaffney, but most people and references simply refer to it as Gaffney, South Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Gaffney indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Gaffney (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Gaffney: Gaffney City, Gaffneys Cross Roads, Gaffney's Cross Roads, Gaffneys Old Field.

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Gaffney, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 12,340
Population in Households 11,828
Population in Familes 9,017
Population in Group Qrtrs 512
Population Density1 1,482
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 5,011
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 2,968
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,877 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,462 (41.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,549 (43.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 866 (14.7%)
Median Home Value $107,952
Average Home Value $136,130


Median Household Income $26,669
Average Household Income $39,105
Per Capita Income $16,143
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.14% -0.02%
Households -0.15% -0.05%
Families -0.47% -0.24%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   1.83%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Gaffney, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gaffney to the other 395 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 43 89th
Population Density1 # 53 87th
Diversity Index2 # 72 82nd
Median Household Income # 346 13th
Per Capita Income # 314 21st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.