Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Rock Hill
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City of Rock Hill
Rock Hill City Hall.

Seal
Nickname(s): The Gateway to South Carolina; Football City USA
Motto: Always On.
Location of Rock Hill in South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°56′17″N 81°1′34″W / 34.93806°N 81.02611°W / 34.93806; -81.02611Coordinates: 34°56′17″N 81°1′34″W / 34.93806°N 81.02611°W / 34.93806; -81.02611
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyYork
Founded1852
Incorporated1892
Government
 • MayorDoug Echols (D)
Area
 • Total43.16 sq mi (111.8 km2)
 • Land43.16 sq mi (111.8 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.4 km2)  0.4%
Elevation676 ft (206 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total68,094
 • Density1,532.8/sq mi (591.8/km2)
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP codes29730-29734
Area code(s)803
FIPS code45-61405[2]
GNIS feature ID1250417[3]
Websitewww.cityofrockhill.com
 
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Rock Hill
Satellite city
City of Rock Hill
Rock Hill City Hall.

Seal
Nickname(s): The Gateway to South Carolina; Football City USA
Motto: Always On.
Location of Rock Hill in South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°56′17″N 81°1′34″W / 34.93806°N 81.02611°W / 34.93806; -81.02611Coordinates: 34°56′17″N 81°1′34″W / 34.93806°N 81.02611°W / 34.93806; -81.02611
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyYork
Founded1852
Incorporated1892
Government
 • MayorDoug Echols (D)
Area
 • Total43.16 sq mi (111.8 km2)
 • Land43.16 sq mi (111.8 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.4 km2)  0.4%
Elevation676 ft (206 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total68,094
 • Density1,532.8/sq mi (591.8/km2)
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP codes29730-29734
Area code(s)803
FIPS code45-61405[2]
GNIS feature ID1250417[3]
Websitewww.cityofrockhill.com

Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina and the fifth[4]-largest city in the state. It is also the fourth-largest city of the Charlotte metropolitan area, behind Charlotte, Concord, and Gastonia (all located in North Carolina, unlike Rock Hill). The population was 66,154 as of the 2010 Census.[5]

Rock Hill is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of Charlotte and approximately 70 miles (110 km) north of Columbia.

History[edit]

Historic U.S. Post office in Rock Hill

Pre-colonization[edit]

Succeeding cultures of indigenous peoples lived in the Piedmont for thousands of years. The historic Catawba Indian Nation, a traditionally Siouan-speaking tribe, was here at the time of European encounter. Currently the only tribe in South Carolina that is federally recognized, its members live near Rock Hill.

Early colonization[edit]

Although some European settlers had already arrived in the Rock Hill area in the 1830s and 1840s, Rock Hill did not really start to become an actual town until the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad Company made the decision to send a rail line through the area. Originally, the railroad had hoped to build a station in the nearby village of Ebenezerville which was squarely between Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. When approached, however, the locals in Ebenezerville refused to have the railroad run through their village since they considered it dirty and noisy. Instead, engineers and surveyors decided to run the line two miles away by a local landmark." According to some accounts, the engineers marked the spot on the map and named it "rocky hill."[6](p26)

Some of Rock Hill's early founding families—the White family, the Black family, and the Moores—believed that having a rail depot so close to them would be advantageous, so they decided to give the Columbia and Charlotte Railroad the right of way through their properties. As the three the largest landowners in the area, this settled the matter. George Pendleton White contracted with the railroad to build a section of the line. Construction began in 1848. The first passenger train arrived on March 23, 1852. A few weeks later, on April 17, 1852, the first Rock Hill Post Office opened.[6](pp26–28)

Now that Rock Hill had a name, a railroad station, and a post office, it began to draw many more settlers to the area. Captain J. H. McGinnis built a small general store near the station in 1849 or 1850 to provide supplies for the construction and railroad workers.[6](pp27–28) Templeton Black, who had leased the land to McGinnis, decided to devote some of his other adjacent land to building a larger town. He hired a local surveyor, Squire John Roddey, to organize a main street. Templeton Black sold his first plot of land along that street to Ira Ferguson for $125 a few weeks before the post office opened; other businessmen bought plots quickly after that.[6](p28)

Rock Hill Academy, the first school in Rock Hill, opened in September 1854. Despite its official name, most residents referred to it as the Pine Grove Academy after the pine grove it was located in. Ann Hutchinson White, wife of George White, donated the land to the school after her husband's death. The school had 60 male pupils in 1856; a school for girls was later opened in the same place.[6](p28)

Other significant facts and dates[edit]

During the American Civil War[edit]

Shortly before the American Civil War began a census had been taken of the population in York County, where Rock Hill is located. Half of the district's 21,800 residents were slaves, integral to local cotton production. The 4,379 white males in the county formed fourteen infantry companies; some of the men joined cavalry or artillery units instead. By the end of the war, 805 of these men were dead, and hundreds more were wounded. Men from Rock Hill and York County were involved in many of the major Civil War battles.[6](p35)

Due to its position on the railroad, Rock Hill became a transfer point for Confederate soldiers and supplies moving to and from the front. Since there was no local hospital, townspeople nursed sick and wounded soldiers in their homes. Refugees fleeing the coastal blockade or General Sherman's troops also came to Rock Hill.[6](p39)

Beginning in the spring of 1862, local area farmers switched from cotton to corn in order to produce more food.[6](p39) Records show that prices in Rock Hill changed frequently during the war, reflecting both shortages and the inflation of the Confederate paper money.[6](p41)

Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard set up a temporary headquarters in Rock Hill on February 21, 1865.[6](p41) He ordered the roads to Charlotte blocked to try to prevent General Sherman from reaching the city; Sherman ultimately went in a different direction.

When General Lee surrendered at the Appomattox Court House, it was actually a future Rock Hill resident who was responsible for waving the white flag. Captain Robert Moorman Sims, a farmer from Lancaster County, was sent by General James Longstreet to inform Union troops that the Confederate troops wanted a truce.[6](p42)

Post-Civil War[edit]

The Civil War changed the social, economic, and political situation in Rock Hill tremendously, as it did elsewhere in the South. Rock Hill grew as a town, taking in war refugees, widows and their families, and the return of the men who had left to fight the war.[6](p58) The formerly wealthy elite sold off their land to stay afloat financially. Town life began to become more important than rural life.

Most of the merchants in Rock Hill around 1870 were former Confederate soldiers; many of them were entrepreneurs that were new to town, trying to start over.[6](p59) In 1870, even the largest stores in Rock Hill were only one story tall, and there were no sidewalks on the roads. The first drug store in Rock Hill opened in the 1870s.[6](p61)

Incorporation[edit]

The town was not officially incorporated until 1870, on the third try.

The first attempt to get Rock Hill incorporated was made in 1855. A petition, signed by major landholders and businessmen from the Rock Hill area, was presented to the General Assembly on October 19, 1855.[6](p29) No action on the matter was taken by the General Assembly.

The second attempt was made in 1868. In their petition, the townspeople claimed that Rock Hill had over 300 residents, "eleven stores, two churches, two bars, two hotels, two carriage shops, three blacksmith shops, three shoe shops, one tannery, one cabinet shop, and elementary schools for white girls and boys." The petition was signed by 48 men, mostly relatively newcomers to Rock Hill, with only a few members of the old, established, landed families who had been in the area for decades. The larger landholders were opposed to the petition - their large landholdings would have meant they paid most of the taxes if Rock Hill was officially incorporated. They filed a counter-proposal which claimed that there were only 100 residents, many of them temporary.[6](p63) This situation was a strong indication of the changes Rock Hill was experiencing as it transitioned from mostly farms to a business community. Ultimately, the state legislature did not act on either petition and Rock Hill was still not incorporated.

The successful third petition was made in 1869, only one year after 1868's failed petition. This time there were 57 signers in favor of incorporation, with only seven opponents. The opponents collectively owned 80% of the land that would be incorporated into Rock Hill if the petition was successful. They were unsuccessful at preventing incorporation this time; Rock Hill was officially incorporated on February 26, 1870.[6](p64)

20th century[edit]

Rock Hill celebrated its centennial in 1952 and its sesquicentennial in 2002.

Four unincorporated communities of York County have been annexed to the city: Boyd Hill in the late 1940s, Ebenezer and Mexico in the 1960s, and Oakdale in the 1980s.

Civil Rights Movement[edit]

Rock Hill was the setting for two significant events in the civil rights movement. In February 1961, nine African-American men went to jail at the York County prison farm after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory's lunch counter in downtown Rock Hill. Their offense was reported to be "refusing to stop singing hymns during their morning devotions." The event gained nationwide attention as the men followed an untried strategy called "jail, no bail."[7] Rejecting bail was a way to lessen the huge financial burden which civil rights groups were facing as the sit-in movement spread across the South.[7] As their actions gained widespread national news coverage, the tactic was adopted by other civil rights groups. The men became known as the Friendship Nine because eight of the nine men were students at Rock Hill's Friendship Junior College.[8]

Later in 1961, Rock Hill was the first stop in the Deep South for a group of 13 Freedom Riders, who boarded buses in Washington, DC, and headed South to test the 1960 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court outlawing racial segregation in all interstate public facilities. When the civil rights leader John Lewis and another black man stepped off the bus at Rock Hill, they were beaten by a white mob that was uncontrolled by police. The event drew national attention.

In 2002, Lewis, by then a US Congressman from Georgia, returned to Rock Hill, where he had been invited as a speaker at Winthrop University and was given the key to the city. On January 21, 2008, Rep. Lewis returned to Rock Hill again and spoke at the city's Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance. Mayor Doug Echols officially apologized to him on the city's behalf for the Freedom Riders' treatment in the city.

Controversy[edit]

Rock Hill has had repeated conflict with its neighbors. In 2007 a lawsuit was filed against the city by its county seat to stop a rural landfill.[9] In 2011[10] and 2012[11] the city waste, proxy contracted with Synagro[12] to spread treated human sewage sludge in rural areas and different counties were met with resistance and complaints. Some residents have questioned the city's ethics and threatened lawsuits over the practice of being a "dumping ground" for Rock Hill's waste. The city has expressed interest in Keck and Woods "waste to energy" plant in Cabarrus County, North Carolina to safely dispose of sludge.[13]

Civitas & the Gateway[edit]

The symbols of the city are the four Civitas statues, erected in 1991 at the Gateway corridor on Dave Lyle Boulevard.[citation needed] Each holds a disc that symbolizes the four drivers of the economy in the city (Gears of Industry, Flames of Knowledge, Stars of Inspiration, and Bolts of Energy). The Civitas statues are 22-foot-tall (6.7 m) structures made of bronze and created by the New York sculptor Audrey Flack. These were originally planned to be placed in Uptown Charlotte, but were offered to the city of Rock Hill. The Civitas complex was designed as a female version of Michelangelo’s David. The sculptor was inspired by the similarities in history between the cities of Rock Hill and Florence, Italy.

At the time of the commission of David, Florence was a city of 45,000 people whose once vibrant textile industry was slowly fading; the competition from their much larger neighbor Rome was affecting Florence’s growth. Rock Hill’s size and textile history was similar to Florence's when the Civitas was created. The sculpture reflects the spirit of Rock Hill’s textile heritage in the clothing and hair, which suggest billowing ribbons of material. That material transforms into wings, representing the textile history as the foundation to give wings to the city for growth.[14] In 1992, a fifth Civitas statue by Flack was placed at City Hall in downtown Rock Hill.

The Gateway intersection where the four Civitas statues stand is circular to symbolize unity, teamwork and togetherness. The columns that stand beside the Civitas were a gift to the city from First Union Corporation, and are regarded as one of the area’s most treasured historical artifacts. They represent Rock Hill’s commitment to preserve and enhance the history of the city.

Geography and climate[edit]

A general 5 inch snow in Rock Hill
A view of the Catawba River at River Park

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.16 square miles (111.8 km2), of which, 43.0 square miles (111 km2) of it is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) of it (0.4%) is water.

Rock Hill is located along the Catawba River in the north-central section of the Piedmont of South Carolina near Charlotte. The city sits at an elevation of around 676 feet (206 m) above sea level. The city is located approximately 150 miles (240 km) from the Atlantic Ocean and 75 miles (121 km) from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Rock Hill has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by humid summers and cool dry winters. Precipitation does not vary greatly between seasons. July is the hottest month, with an average high temperature of 91°F and an average low temperature of 71°F.[15] The coldest month of the year is January, when the average high temperature is 51°F and the average low temperature is 31°F.[15] The warmest temperature ever recorded in the city was 106°F in 1983 and tied in 2007.[15] The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city was -4°F in 1985.[15]

Climate data for Rock Hill, South Carolina
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)51
(11)
57
(14)
66
(19)
75
(24)
81
(27)
88
(31)
91
(33)
90
(32)
83
(28)
74
(23)
65
(18)
54
(12)
73
(23)
Average low °F (°C)31
(−1)
36
(2)
42
(6)
50
(10)
59
(15)
67
(19)
71
(22)
70
(21)
63
(17)
52
(11)
43
(6)
34
(1)
52
(11)
Precipitation inches (mm)3.73
(94.7)
3.77
(95.8)
4.17
(105.9)
3.12
(79.2)
2.83
(71.9)
4.05
(102.9)
3.87
(98.3)
3.96
(100.6)
3.49
(88.6)
3.36
(85.3)
3.39
(86.1)
3.43
(87.1)
43.17
(1,096.4)
Snowfall inches (cm)2.0
(5.1)
1.5
(3.8)
0.9
(2.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0.9
(2.3)
5.4
(13.7)
Avg. precipitation days11.29.310.88.610.110.311.09.67.96.58.610.0113.9
Avg. snowy days (≥ 2.5)1.00.60.300000000.10.52.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours173.6180.8235.5270.0291.4288.0291.5272.8240.0229.4177.0167.42,817.4
Source: Temperatures & precipitation,[15] snowfall,[citation needed] sunshine[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
1880809
18902,744239.2%
19005,48599.9%
19107,21631.6%
19208,80922.1%
193011,32228.5%
194015,00932.6%
195024,50263.2%
196029,40420.0%
197033,84615.1%
198035,3274.4%
199041,64317.9%
200049,76519.5%
201066,15432.9%
Est. 201167,4231.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate
Rock Hill City Hall

Population[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[5] there were 66,154 people and 16,059 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,983.5 people per square mile (619.2/km²). There were 29,159 housing units at an average density of 653.8 per square mile (252.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 54.6% White, 38.3% Black, 1.7% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.

There were 25,966 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.9 years. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

Economy[edit]

Top 10 Largest Employers[16]
3D Systems
Amida Industries, INC.
Carolina Energy
City of Rock Hill
Comporium Communications
Cytec Carbon Filters, LLC.
Hyosung Corporation
Langer Transport Corporation
Rock Hill Schools
Winthrop University

Rock Hill's economy was once dominated by the textile industry, but the restructuring of that industry in moving jobs overseas has caused a decline in the local economy. The median income for a household in the city was $37,336, and the median income for a family was $45,697. Males had a median income of $32,156 versus $24,181 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,929. About 9.7% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over. The unemployment rate of the city was 8.7 percent and 11,874 of the 71,459 residents lived and worked in the city with a daytime population change of +5,208 as of March 2011.[17] The city is transitioning to a retail and manufacturing economy, and has been working to attract national and global companies.

Crime[edit]

The following table shows Rock Hill's crime rate in 6 crimes that Morgan Quitno uses in their calculations for "America's most dangerous cities" rankings, in comparison to 100,000 people. The statistics provided are not for the actual number of crimes committed, but for the number of crimes committed per capita.[18]

CrimeRock Hill (2009)per 100,000 people
Murder57.2
Rape2738.8
Robbery82118.1
Assault594854.6
Burglary578831.6
Theft2,3523,383.9
Arson1014.4

Awards[edit]

The city of Rock Hill is a thriving residential community outside of Charlotte that has been recognized by awards for its outstanding schools, parks, and its southern hospitality. The city is a four-time award winner of America's Promise Alliance "100 Best Communities for Young People".[19] along with being a two-time "All-American City" award winner.

Natural disasters[edit]

Category 4 Hurricane Hugo in 1989

Three major natural disasters have struck the city.

1926 Rock Hill tornado[edit]

On November 26, 1926 a destructive tornado struck downtown Rock Hill. It was the day after Thanksgiving, rather late in the season for such a violent storm. The "black as ink twister" took less than 10 minutes to change the face of the business section. The storm touched down in western York County, and entered Rock Hill from the west. Once in the town, the twister cut a path about three blocks wide, leaving 60 homes heavily damaged, the hospital roof removed, and cars flipped or crushed. By the end, the total damage for the whole town was $150,000. The tornado was responsible for one death and 12 injuries within Rock Hill.

Hurricane Hugo[edit]

Hurricane Hugo struck the city on the morning of September 22, 1989. The storm ripped through the city with sustained winds over 90 MPH, toppling massive oak and pine trees. Schools were closed for weeks because of widespread damage to roads and facilities. The total damage cost for the entire state of South Carolina was around $4.2 billion. The storm was a category 3 when it entered the county and was a category 2 as it left the county.

2004 blizzard[edit]

A complex series of low pressure systems moved across South Carolina from February 25–27 of 2004. Starting as a mix of snow and sleet, the storm became all snow as the low pulled off the Carolina coast. Cold arctic air settled over the Carolinas and dumped 22 inches of snow, with lightning, gusty winds, and some areas getting up to 28 inches.[20] Sustained winds over 40 MPH across Rock Hill knocked out power, resulting in schools' closing for a week. It was the worst overall blizzard to hit the area.[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

Air[edit]

Rock Hill has two local airports. The Rock Hill-York County Airport is a municipal airport for the city of Rock Hill and serves non-commercial flights. The airport is located just minutes from Rock Hill's Central business district. Also called Bryant Field, it was named for Robert E. Bryant, an aviator with two international records and an inductee in the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame (The name is no longer used for the airport because of confusion with Bryant Field (airport)). It is owned and operated by the City of Rock Hill, but York County is also represented on the Airport Commission. The other local airport, the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, is one of the busiest airports in the United States and is located 20 miles from Rock Hill in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bus (regional)[edit]

Rock Hill has one regional transit system, The Charlotte Area Transit System that offers express bus service from Rock Hill to Charlotte.

Tillman Hall at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Education[edit]

Compulsory education[edit]

Rock Hill is served by York County School District 3, which has twenty-seven total schools residing in Rock Hill, including seventeen elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. The public high schools in Rock Hill include Rock Hill High School (first built high school in the city), Northwestern, and South Pointe (newest high school in the city. The public middle schools in Rock Hill are Saluda Trail Middle School, Castle Heights Middle School, Sullivan Middle School, Rawlinson Road Middle School, and (the newest) Dutchman Creek Middle School. The district has a student enrollment of around 25,000.[21][22] A variety of religious schools also serve the city of Rock Hill, including St. Anne's Catholic School and Westminster Catawba. The city is also home to York County's only Charter school, York Preparatory Academy.

Colleges and universities[edit]

There are three colleges within Rock Hill. The most prominent institution of higher learning in Rock Hill is Winthrop University, founded in 1886 as a women's college. It is a thriving, public, co-ed four-year liberal arts college with an annual enrollment of well over 7,000 students. Clinton Junior College is a historically black, two-year institution founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1894. It is now a community college for the city of Rock Hill and York County.[23] York Technical College opened in Rock Hill in 1964. This two-year community college offers associate degrees and provides continuing education for approximately 9,000 area residents annually and is growing each year.[24]

Media[edit]

Printed media[edit]

Rock Hill is home to a daily newspaper, The Herald, which covers the area. Magazines include Rock Hill Magazine and YC (York County) Magazine (which covers the entire county).

Radio media[edit]

The radio group "Our Three Sons Broadcasting" stations in Rock Hill are WRHI Radio(News/Sports, 1340 AM & 94.3FM) - South Carolina's 2008 and three-time Radio Station of the Year & WRHM Interstate 107 - (Today's Country/Sports). Along with, WAVO (Standards, 1150 AM), NPR affiliate WNSC-FM (88.9 FM), and Southside Baptist Church of Rock Hill Christian broadcast station, WRHJ-LP 93.1.

Television media[edit]

PBS affiliate WNSC-TV (Channel 30) and CN2, a daily cable news program produced by Comporium Communications for York, Chester, and Lancaster counties. Fox-owned MyNetworkTV station WMYT-TV Channel 55, is licensed to Rock Hill, but serves the entire Charlotte market, with their studios are shared with sister station WJZY-TV in unincorporated Mecklenburg County, NC.

Seasonal events[edit]

Rock Hill hosts several seasonal events. Each spring there is a festival called Come-See-Me which brings more than 125,000 people to the city each year from across the country. Come-See-Me was voted as the number one South Carolina Festival and has been featured in Southern Living magazine. On Independence Day, Rock Hill hosts its annual Red, White, and Boom Festival. Over the first weekend of each October, the Arts Council of York County hosts the Blues & Jazz Festival, which includes a restaurant crawl through Old Town Rock Hill, and a day of blues & jazz events geared towards children. In November, the Arts Council hosts the Underexposed Film Festival YC, bringing independently created short films from across the world to Rock Hill. A winter festival is held annually on the first week of December and is called ChristmasVille Rock Hill, which had been voted as one of South Carolina's most visited attraction.

Attractions[edit]

The city of Rock Hill and its surrounding area is home to numerous attractions.

Glencairn Garden in Rock Hill

Museums[edit]

Five museums are located in the city, and many more in the area.

Museums outside Rock Hill include Historic Brattonsville, Catawba Cultural Center at the Catawba Indian reservation, and more museums located just outside of The city in the Charlotte area.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Rock Hill is home to thirty-one parks, four recreational centers, one botanical garden, along with the many nature trails.

There are also Nanny Mountain County Park and Ebenezer County Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Andrew Jackson State Park, and Kings Mountain National Military Park that are located just minutes away.

Basketball practice at Winthrop Coliseum

Sports[edit]

Rock Hill hosts two national championships: the United States Disc Golf Championship at Winthrop University and the US Youth Soccer National Championships. The Winthrop University Eagles are a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I team.

Former sports teams included the Rock Hill Cardinals, a Western Carolinas League baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals that existed from 1963–1968.

Shopping[edit]

Additional shopping centers are located across the city that feature many other well-known national and local retailers.

Government[edit]

The city operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The governing body is composed of a mayor and six members. The mayor is determined through a nonpartisan, at-large election for a four-year term of office while Council Members are chosen through nonpartisan, single-member district elections. Council members are elected to staggered four-year terms of office.

City council is a legislative body, establishing policies with recommendations from the city administrator. The city manager acts as the chief administrator of the council's policies implemented through the administrative control of city departments given to him by ordinance.

Mayor
Council Members

Public services[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Featured films[edit]

Music[edit]

Video Games[edit]

Notable people[edit]

National Football League (NFL) players[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "York County sludge complaints". 
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