SPARTANBURG COUNTY IS GROWING
Spartanburg County’s population and economy are growing. In 1990, about 227,000 residents called this county home. By 2014, that number rose to nearly 294,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Much of that growth has occurred in the Boiling Springs area, as well as in the southwestern portion of the county, which includes Duncan, Moore, Lyman and part of Greer.
The interstate system, along with the area’s quality of life and ready workforce, continues to be a major draw for large manufacturers. In 2014 alone, 14 companies announced a combined investment of nearly $2.4 billion – much of that in the southwestern portion of the county near Interstate 85. In addition to an expansion by existing economic engine BMW Manufacturing Co., last year’s projects included the announcement of Toray Industries Inc.’s $1 billion investment to build a carbon fiber plant along Highway 290 in the Moore area and a plan by Bass Pro Shops to build a store along I-85 and Highway 101. To put the recent growth into perspective, Spartanburg County has averaged adding $14.9 million in investment and 26 new jobs each week during the past five years.
Future Population Increase
Spartanburg County is projected to add nearly 40,000 residents by 2030, increasing the total population to more than 331,000 people. That’s a nearly 13 percent increase.
Jobs Since 2014
In 2014, 14 companies announced major projects in Spartanburg County, representing nearly $2.4 billion in investment and the creation of 2,114 jobs.
Jobs Since 2009
Since 2009, businesses have invested more than $4.1 billion in Spartanburg County, creating nearly 9,000 jobs.
26 Jobs Per Week
During the past five years, Spartanburg County has averaged adding $14.9 million in investment and 26 new jobs each week.
Third Highest Share of Jobs Nationwide
Among 366 metropolitan areas nationwide, Spartanburg has the third-highest share of jobs at international companies, with 18 percent of the workforce employed at Foreign Owned Enterprises.