Rock Hill is the ideal blend of southern comfort and modern amenities. Located in the heart of York County, Rock Hill is a family-oriented community with deep-rooted history. Residents enjoy the fresh tastes and scenic landscapes of South Carolina, which creates the perfect environment for living and working in one of the state's most up-and-coming cities. Rock Hill has a population of more than 67,000 individuals who fuel the air with friendly hospitality and make all newcomers feel welcome. Look for Rock Hill apartments for rent, and experience a high quality of life in the American South.
Rock Hill received its name from a flint hill of rock that blocked construction of the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad in the 19th century. The city was founded on the land after workers removed the rock to make way for the railroad. Many battles have been fought here throughout the course of history, creating a rich heritage that is still celebrated by local residents. Following the Civil War, the local economy boomed with new cotton mills, tobacco processing facilities, grist mills, a buggy and carriage maker, and other strong businesses. From the very beginning, Rock Hill has always been a community that valued education. The city was at the forefront of women's education in the Carolinas and opened the Pineopolis Academy for girls in 1875.
Rock Hill is home to Winthrop University and the 6,000 students who attend classes each year. Ranked as the No. 25 best regional university in the South by US News, the university places an emphasis on cultural diversity in a high-achieving student body that fosters a personalized learning environment and high standard of excellence. Students here can take advantage of the many clubs, organizations and sports teams on campus that come together to offer a vibrant, exciting college experience. Winthrop University is joined by Clinton Junior College, York Technical College and others to offer a range of local educational opportunities right in Rock Hill.
For those seeking work, Rock Hill is home to a number of small businesses and larger corporations. Top employers in the area include 3D Systems, Terex Corporation, Carolina Energy, the City of Rock Hill, Comporium Communications, Hyosung Corporation and the Langer Transport Corporation. These companies provide professional careers for many of the 52 percent of local residents who work in management, sales and office occupations. Education is very important to the city of Rock Hill, with the Rock Hill School District and Winthrop University rounding out the list of the city's largest employers. Eighteen percent of local residents also work in the thriving local production and manufacturing industries that are known throughout South Carolina.
With all the perks of living in the South and the big city conveniences of nearby Charlotte, North Carolina, residents in Rock Hill pay very reasonable rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics indicate that the average apartment here costs $731 a month, which is $125 less than the national average. Everyday living expenses are also very affordable in Rock Hill. The city received a cost of living index of 92.6, which is lower than the United States average of 100. Whether in Milwood, downtown, or any other local neighborhoods, Rock Hill apartments are sure to please
Rock Hill is home to the Come See Me Festival, a 10-day celebration of the city that is the largest all-volunteer festival event in South Carolina. Featuring events ranging from a Barbeque Cook-Off to the Glencairn Garden to the Pancake Breakfast, the Come See Me Festival has dozens of attractions that are suitable for people of all ages. Rock Hill residents ring in the holiday season with the annual ChristmasVille celebration, which turns Old Town Rock Hill into a charming holiday village. Centered on an outdoor art festival, ChristmasVille includes other attractions such as strolling Dickens carolers, a gingerbread house contest, real snow, and many appearances by Santa Claus himself.
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