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Living in Rock Hill, SC

Considered the largest city in York County and the fourth-largest in the state, Rock Hill is an impressive metropolitan community with a thriving local economy.

Because of its excellent jobs market as well as its ample supply of recreational amenities, this South Carolina community has rapidly grown in recent years to a population of more than 66,000 residents.

In fact, the city has won America’s Promise Alliance “100 Best Communities for Young People” award four times!

And it has twice been named an “All-America City”.

If this sounds like the kind of community you’d like to call home, then Rock Hill may be the right fit for you!

The History of Rock Hill

As with most of the region, the Catawba Indians lived in the area that would become Rock Hill for many years before the Europeans arrived in the 1830s.

But it wasn’t until later – when the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad Company decided to send a line through the area – that Rock Hill developed.

That railroad development only happened after nearby Ebenezerville refused the railroad company’s offer to build a line through the area.

The locals in that community thought the railroad would be dirty and noisy.

Thus, engineers moved the line two miles away, noting its location by a “rocky hill” landmark. Hence where the city got its name.

In 1870, the town was officially incorporated after two failed previous attempts.

Since its incorporation, four unincorporated York County communities have been annexed by the city:

  • Boyd Hill
  • Ebenezer
  • Mexico
  • Oakdale

Today, the 43.16 square mile community is a highly desirable place to live.

Job Opportunity in Rock Hill, SC

At one time, this city’s economy was nearly all textiles. But over the years, it has diversified.

Today, Rock Hill enjoys a thriving job market. Some of the largest employers in the area include:

  • 3D Systems
  • Amida Industries 
  • Carolina Energy
  • City of Rock Hill
  • Comporium Communications
  • Hyosung Corporation
  • Winthrop University

Transportation in and Around Rock Hill

The Charlotte Area Transit System provides express bus service from Rock Hill to Charlotte.

Those routes include:

  • 78X Celanese Road to Cherry Road to Uptown Charlotte.
  • 82X Downtown Rock Hill to Manchester Village to Uptown Charlotte.

What’s more, there are two airports located near the city: Rock Hill Municipal Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Rock Hill Public and Private Education

This South Carolina community is served by the York County School District 3, which is comprised of 27 schools.

Specifically, there are 17 elementary, five middle and three high schools in this district, including:

  • Rock Hill High School
  • Northwestern High School
  • South Pointe High School
  • Saluda Trail Middle School
  • Castle Heights Middle School
  • Sullivan Middle School
  • Rawlinson Road Middle School
  • Dutchman Creek Middle School

In all, there are 25,000 students enrolled in this system.

In terms of private schools, residents living in this community are close to St. Anne’s Catholic School, Westminster Catawba and York Preparatory Academy.

For post-secondary education, residents living in Rock Hill will not have to look far for excellent options, including:

  • Winthrop University, a four-year, liberal arts school
  • Clinton Junior College, an historically black, two-year institution
  • York Technical College, a two-year community college 

Events and Attractions in Rock Hill

The City of Rock Hill hosts a number of seasonal events each year, including the Come-See-Me festival and the Red, White and Boom Festival on July 4.

Residents also enjoy attending the city’s annual winter festival, known as ChristmasVille Rock Hill, which was once voted as the state’s most visited attraction.

Throughout the year, there are also plenty of attractions to visit in this southern city, including:

  • Glencaim Garden in Rock Hill
  • York County Museum of Rock Hill
  • Comporium Telephone museum
  • The Center for the Arts
  • Main Street Children’s Museum
  • The White Home museum

Plus, there are 31 parks located in Rock Hill, as well as four recreational centers, one botanical garden and miles of nature trails.

Rock Hill also hosts two national championships each year: The United States Disc Golf Championship at Winthrop University and the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.

For the shopper in your family, make sure to check out Rock Hill Galleria, which is a shopping mall that features such stores as Belk’s and Walmart.

Nearby Manchester Village offers residents another opportunity to shop. This complex features nine national retailers, a 14-screen Regal movie theater and a number of boutiques.

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