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Quality of life can be measured by many factors. Income, education, art, availability of goods and services, convenience, climate, and innovative business and industry all contribute to the quality of life for a region’s inhabitants.

Edgefield County offers residents the charm and simplicity of small-town life with big-city amenities like shopping, cultural arts, state-of-the-art healthcare, and many outdoor activities. In addition, with an annual average temperature of 64 degrees, there is a beautiful climate in which to enjoy it all.

A moderate, four-season climate invites people outdoors. Pristine waterways provide a boating and fishing paradise. Championship-level golf and tennis abound. Horseback riding, jogging, and walking trails, a canoe trek down the Edisto River, the second-longest black water river in the world, are just a few of the relaxing and reaffirming activities not to be missed.

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Visual arts thrive here, too. Edgefield Regional Arts are a big part of the culture in Edgefield County. They showcase their talents at many different activities within the city of Edgefield. Outside Edgefield County you have performing arts: The Aiken Community Playhouse, Aiken Center for the Arts, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, University of South Carolina–Aiken’s Etherredge Center, and the new USC-A Convocation Center.

When you feel good about where you live, where you work, where your children go to school, and when you’re proud of all your community has to offer, that’s a high quality of life. When you’re found all of that, you’re found Edgefield County and its surrounding areas.

Population

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Edgefield County and Aiken County are part of the Aiken-Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). With a population of more than 500,000 and a workforce of more than 245,000, population growth has been healthy. Edgefield County’s population is more than 25,000.

Nearby cities of Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC offer additional and varied residential, shopping, and entertainment opportunities to Edgefield and Aiken area employees.

The Savannah River Site, the area’s largest employer, has been responsible for bringing thousands of highly-skilled and educated employees and their families to the area.

Industry

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Cost-efficient productivity and leading technology are the only ways to manufacture world-class products. Edgefield and Aiken counties’ total manufacturing facilities recently generated more than $4.1 billion in sales with just under 20,000 employees.

From specialty chemicals to specialty metal working, from aerospace and national defense to technical elements of beneficial heat transfer, the manufacturers in Edgefield and Aiken counties have come to rely on the geographic location, access to transportation, open and enthusiastic governments, R&D and high quality workforce training to grow their companies.

World-class products can only compete on a global footing if there is advanced technology and a highly-trained, first class workforce. Edgefield and Aiken counties are delivering exactly what the manufacturing sector demands. And the world is standing up and taking notice.

Transportation

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Most plant managers in the region cite the concerned transportation grid that serves Edgefield and Aiken counties’ as a major reason for locating here. Highways, rail lines, and air service all converge on the area. Two-thirds of the U.S. population is within a one-day drive of the area.

Midway along the 250-mile South Carolina/Georgia border, our community is blessed with excellent transportation access to the Interstate highway system via I-20, which connects the Aiken-Augusta MSA to Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, and Dallas, TX. In addition, I-20 provides easy access to other nearby Interstates. I-26 and I-77 are less than an hour drive, which offer connection to Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC and Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. The Palmetto Parkway, I-520, is scheduled to be completed this summer. This project, which will improve the connection between U.S. 1 and I-20, is designed to alleviate current traffic congestion as well as accommodate growth into the future. To the west, I-20 connects with I-85 and I-75 at Atlanta, which opens up the entire Midwest to commerce. I-95, the most important transportation artery on the Atlantic Coast, is within a 90-minute drive.

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The major rail lines of CSX Transportation and Norfolk-Southern bisect the area, and a four-mile county-owned spur connects rail service directly to Aiken County’s Sage Mill Industrial Park.

Augusta Regional Airport in Augusta, GA (40 minutes from Edgefield County) and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (50 minutes) provide six airlines to serve the area. The Aiken Municipal Airport enjoys corporate jet service. Four bus lines and more than 40 motor freight carriers serve the area. The major ports of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA are each only a 2.5-hour drive away.

Utilities

Two utility companies–Aiken Electric Cooperative and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company–serve our communities on selected sites. Both can serve customers with dual feed from two separate generation sources.

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Edgefield and Aiken counties have abundant water supplies drawn from pristine stream systems, the Savannah River and deepwater wells that tap a vast aquifer and require very little treatment. The area has one of the premier wastewater treatment facilities in the Southeast. Horse Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility serves a three-county region with a permitted capacity of 26 million gallons, twice its per-day average. Horse Creek has an expansion capacity of 40 million gallons per day, giving it plenty of room to grow with the community and serve future industrial growth well into the new century.

Communication

The major telephone provider is AT&T. Cellular telephone service is available through Alltel, SunCom, Verizon Wireless, Singular, and T-Mobile.

Cable TV services are available in the more populated portions of Edgefield County. Service providers include Northland Cable and Comcast.

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The major television networks have stations in Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC, which can be received in Edgefield County.

Edgefield County has a local radio station, WKSX-FM, Oldies 92.7, in Johnston.

The Citizen News and The Edgefield Advertiser are published weekly in Edgefield County. Daily newspapers from Augusta, Aiken, Greenwood, and Columbia are delivered in Edgefield County.

Edgefielddaily.com, another daily news outlet, serves Edgefield County via the Internet.

Major Employers in Edgefield County

Milliken & Company, Mount Vernon Mills–Riegel Division, Parkdale, TranTech Radiator Products, Beacon Filtration, Southern Felt, RestMaster Bedding, Trenton Plastics, Edgefield Manufacturing, U.S. Fibers, Force Protection, and SWEP, N.A.

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National Headquarters include the National Wild Turkey Federation and Urban Outfitters, located in the county owned Industrial Park.

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