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Gaffney, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Gaffney had a population of 13,280 as of July 1, 2019. 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 35.0718 and longitude -81.6498 in Cherokee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gaffney 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.

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, 2019)


Total Population 13,280
Population in Households 12,344
Population in Familes 9,429
Population in Group Qrtrs 936
Population Density 1,591
Diversity Index1 59


Median Household Income $25,644
Average Household Income $41,928
Per Capita Income $16,684
Wealth Index3 39


Total Housing Units 5,963 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,761 (46.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,374 (39.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 828 (13.9%)
Median Home Value $108,158
Housing Affordability Index2 128


Total Households 5,135
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 3,030
Average Family Size 3
  1. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.64% 0.26%
Households 0.14% 0.22%
Families -0.04% 0.1%
Median Household Income   1.1%
Per Capita Income   1.57%

Gaffney, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gaffney to the other 397 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 Density # 51 87th
Diversity Index # 71 83rd
Median Household Income # 381 4th
Per Capita Income # 345 13th

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