Airport: Fairfield County Airport is located four miles south of Winnsboro on S.C. 269, offering one paved 5,000 foot runway and parallel taxiway, jet and 100 low-lead fuel, terminal building, t-hangars, rental cars, seven rental airplanes and flight instruction. The pilots’ shop stocks supplies and maintenance.
Age: The median age in Winnsboro is 38.9. Nationally, the median age is 37.6.
Battle of the Sexes: Women make up 55.4 percent of Winnsboro’s population. (Source: quickfacts.census.gov)
Cable TV: TruVista and DirecTV
Climate: Fairfield County enjoys four distinct seasons. It is cool in the spring and fall, warm in the summer and cold, but not too cold, in the winter. You don’t have to worry about digging your car out of the snow here! For the past 40 years Winnsboro has received two inches of snow each year on average. Total precipitation averages about 45 to 50 inches per year. The average temperatures for the town of Winnsboro are: January, high 52 low 31; April, high 74 low 48; July, the warmest month in Winnsboro, high 91 low 71 and October, high 74 low 49.
Cost of Living: Winnsboro costs 23 percent to live in than the national average. (Source: bestplaces.net)
County: Fairfield County is located in the Midlands region of South Carolina. It is uniquely positioned halfway between New York and Miami. The total area of the county is 687 square miles. The county seat, which is the Town of Winnsboro, is less than one hour’s drive from the Douglas International Airport and upscale shopping offered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and less than one half hour’s drive to South Carolina’s capitol city of Columbia and the State’s flagship University, the University of South Carolina. Fairfield County has the very unique advantage of being located within close proximity to urban areas and their amenities, while offering all of the benefits of a rural county. With a total area of 687 square miles, two recreational lakes encompassing more than 20,700 acres, 11,080 acres of the Sumter National Forest and small town charm with historical significance during the Revolutionary War, WInnsboro allows for a relaxing pace of life with the hustle and bustle of larger metropolitan areas close at hand.
Educational Attainment: 18.8 percent of Winnsboro’s population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. Nationwide, the figure is 20 percent. (Source: quickfacts.census.gov)
Employment: Major employers are V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, Fairfield County School District, Ben Arnold Beverage Company, Fairfield County Government, Performance Fibers, Isola, Lang Mekra, Guardian Fiberglass, Elite Electronic Systems (Source: Fairfield Economic Development)
Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 16.50%. (Source: bestplaces.net)
Family Life: Families make up about 65 percent of the households in Fairfield County. (Source: American Community Survey 2005-2007)
Festivals and Events: Fairfield’s most popular festival is the annual Rock Around the Clock. A variety of bands and entertainers “rock” around the oldest continuously running clock in the nation, built 1833 in historic downtown Winnsboro. The event is usually held either the last weekend in September or the first weekend in October. The festival kicks off with a patriotic parade on Friday evening, followed by a street dance. Classic cars and motorcycles from all over the southeast cruise into the central business district, listed in the National Historic Register, to show off their rides. Runners enjoy the challenging 5K run course and children take much pleasure in various amusements, including train rides and a climbing wall.
During Christmas children and adults alike flock to the South Carolina Railroad Museum for the annual Train Ride with Santa. Families can take a hour long trip on an historic train with Santa. The rides are open every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Garbage and Recycling: Fairfield County has 10 recycling centers. Centers are open Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed Wednesdays.
Higher Education: There are no institutions of higher education in Fairfield County, but just a short thirty minute drive away are several colleges and universities in the Columbia area. The state’s flagship university, the University of South Carolina is located in the heart of downtown Columbia. There are nine colleges and universities in the Columbia area including the University of South Carolina, Midlands Technical College, Allen University, Benedict College, Columbia College, Columbia International University, Columbia Junior College, South University and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Also located close by are the Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter and Newberry College in Newberry.