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Woodruff, South Carolina

Coordinates: 34°44′26″N 82°1′57″W / 34.74056°N 82.03250°W / 34.74056; -82.03250
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Woodruff, South Carolina
Official seal of Woodruff, South Carolina
"Time Well Spent"
Location of Woodruff, South Carolina
Location of Woodruff, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°44′26″N 82°1′57″W / 34.74056°N 82.03250°W / 34.74056; -82.03250
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
 • Total5.09 sq mi (13.19 km2)
 • Land5.07 sq mi (13.14 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation787 ft (240 m)
 • Total4,212
 • Density830.11/sq mi (320.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code864
FIPS code45-79090[4]
GNIS feature ID1251504[2]

Woodruff is a city in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States, located in upstate South Carolina. The population was 4,333 at the 2020 census.[5]


Woodruff is located at 34°44′26″N 82°1′57″W / 34.74056°N 82.03250°W / 34.74056; -82.03250 (34.740530, -82.032580).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.54%, is water.[5]


In 1787 Joseph Woodruff, his brothers, and other family were listed as members and deacons in the earliest minutes of the Church of Christ at Jamey’s Creek, which would later become Woodruff Baptist Church. As early as 1789, Woodruff purchased two hundred acres of land on Jamey’s Creek, including the present site of Woodruff. By 1825, Woodruff post office (which took its name from the postmaster Thomas Woodruff, Joseph’s son) and Woodruff’s Tavern dominated the crossroads.

Situated in the midst of an expanding cotton region, Woodruff developed as a trade center for the rural farming communities. By the 1850s the town was hosting substantial fairs for the exchange of livestock and domestic manufactures. Woodruff was incorporated in 1874 with a population estimated at 150, but with the coming of the railroad in 1885 the population had grown to an estimated 1,600 by 1886. As a terminus on the rail line, the station at Woodruff included a turntable that would return trains to Augusta, Georgia.

A fair that began in the 1870s grew into a major annual event by the 1890s, drawing visitors from as far away as North Carolina. During the 1880s and 1890s construction steadily progressed along Main Street, with the popular Leatherwood Hotel as the focal point. Industry came to town in 1898 with the arrival of Woodruff Cotton Oil Company, and within three years the newly chartered Woodruff Cotton Mill began operation. By 1907 the W.S. Gray Cotton Mill was established, further expanding Woodruff’s residential base with additional mill houses. Until World War II the major diversion from textiles in the area was peaches, with more than 200,000 trees within a ten-mile radius. During the 1950s, with industries settling near large cities, Woodruff saw a four percent drop in population. But with the 1962 opening of the Jeffery Manufacturing Company, an industrial equipment maker, the town’s industrial base grew and diversified. New jobs attracted residents, and Woodruff ’s population reached 4,576 by 1970.[7]

Government and city departments[edit]

Kenneth Gist is the current mayor, the city manager is Lee Bailey. City Council members include Mattie Norman, Toni Sloan, William "Buddy" Arnold, James Smith, Scott Dickard and Sharon Kelly.[8]

The town is also noted for being situated near an international aeromodelling center, Triple Tree Aerodrome, where the world's largest model airplane event happens annually, Joe Nall Week.[9]

Other city departments include the fire department (The Woodruff Fire Department became a part of The Trinity Fire Department in July 2019, parks and recreation, building codes and zoning, police department, streets department, and sewer department.[10]


Spartanburg School District Four, is the district that serves Woodruff, and other nearby areas. With roughly 2800 students. The district superintendent is Dr. W. Rallie Liston. The district has one of the best high schools in the state. SCSD4 has four schools. Woodruff Primary School (3K-2nd Grades) Woodruff Elementary School (3rd-5th Grades) Woodruff Middle School (6th-8th Grades) Woodruff High School (9th-12th Grades) Upcoming in 2025 Woodruff will have a fifth School added, Woodruff Intermedient School. The Schools will be divided up as follows. Woodruff Primary School (3K-1st Grades) Woodruff Elementary School (2nd-3rd Grades) Woodruff Intermediant School (4th-5th Grades) Woodruff Middle School (6th-8th Grades) Woodruff High School (9th-12th Grades)

Throughout its history, Woodruff High has experienced a large amount of success in athletics, most notably football. Under the leadership of Coach W. L. Varner, Woodruff High athletics has numerous state titles.

Woodruff is also home to the Project Fun Homeschool Co-op which serves students in Spartanburg, Greenville, Laurens and Union counties.[11]

Woodruff has a lending library, a branch of the Spartanburg County Public Library.[12]


Woodruff has a radio station that is Woodruff specific; WQUL is a radio station located in Woodruff that plays oldies, carries local sports games, and keeps the community abreast of local events. It can be found at 101.7 F.M.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[13][3]

2020 census[edit]

Woodruff racial composition[14]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,553 60.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 939 22.29%
Native American 11 0.26%
Asian 28 0.66%
Other/Mixed 233 5.53%
Hispanic or Latino 448 10.64%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,212 people, 1,577 households, and 891 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,229 people, 1,678 households, and 1,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,154.8 inhabitants per square mile (445.9/km2). There were 1,869 housing units at an average density of 510.4 per square mile (197.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 68.53% White, 27.71% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.74% of the population. With a population 4,229 there are three Authur state banks within a mile of each 3 homeless shelters yet statistically no Woodruff residents are homeless. There are 4 mortuaries in the city of 4,229. There were 1,678 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,824, and the median income for a family was $32,966. Males had a median income of $26,204 versus $21,467 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,535. About 15.5% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Woodruff, South Carolina
  3. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Woodruff city, South Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Woodruff". South Carolina Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  8. ^ "City of Woodruff - Departments". www.cityofwoodruff.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2010.
  9. ^ "Joe Nall". Triple Tree Aerodome. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  10. ^ "City of Woodruff - Departments". www.cityofwoodruff.com. Archived from the original on March 2, 2010.
  11. ^ "Project Fun Woodruff SC". Archived from the original on July 26, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  12. ^ "South Carolina libraries and archives". SCIWAY. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 10, 2021.

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