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Gaffney, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Gaffney had a population of 12,883 as of July 1, 2016. Gaffney ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gaffney is located at latitude 35.0755 and longitude -81.6576 in Cherokee County. 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. Cherokee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 784 feet.

The City of Gaffney (GNIS ID: 2403674) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Gaffney is located within Gaffney Division of Cherokee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gaffney population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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, 2016)


Total Population 12,883
Population in Households 12,269
Population in Familes 9,379
Population in Group Qrtrs 614
Population Density1 1,543
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 5,118
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 3,029
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,991 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,510 (41.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,607 (43.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 873 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $93,984
Average Home Value $110,221


Median Household Income $29,181
Average Household Income $44,896
Per Capita Income $19,400
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.46% 0.27%
Households 0.15% 0.18%
Families -0.06% 0.03%
Median Household Income   1.97%
Per Capita Income   1.69%
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 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 44 89th
Population Density1 # 49 88th
Diversity Index2 # 64 84th
Median Household Income # 326 18th
Per Capita Income # 217 45th

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