Clemson, with a population of over 15,000, is the largest of the four communities served by the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce. This number is augmented ten months of the year by close to 20,000 plus students attending Clemson University.
The City of Clemson and Clemson University work together in a uniquely cooperative way that has created a special character for the overall community. The successful partnership is evidenced by its selection as the outstanding Town and Gown community for each of the past five years by the International Town and Gown Association.
Clemson University influences the character of the Clemson living experience in ways that are embraced and supported by residents. Fall football weekends are a perfect example. Orange is seen everywhere. The crowds support the local merchants. The University and City police forces work together to direct and control the traffic the games generate. The cultural offerings at the Brooks Center with music, art exhibits, student theater productions, architectural projects and film screenings enhance the community living experience. Popular entertainers are drawn to Littlejohn Coliseum because of the facility’s size and the combined population of University and area residents. Living in Clemson has its advantages.
Clemson has many community events and activities such as: Clemsonfest (a Chamber and Community Independence Day celebration), the annual Christmas Parade each December, May’s Festival of Arts (a festival focused on exposing the community to various art mediums), Community Regatta on Lake Hartwell, USTA Southern Level 1A Tennis Championship, and the Clemson Farmers Market. In addition, the University provides traditional events shared with the Community including: student-organized First Friday Parade in August, Rock the John, and Tigerama which kicks off Homecoming weekend.
Clemson benefits from the natural beauty of the area, the mountains, waterfalls, lakes and scenic countryside. Add to these the abundance of recreational opportunities such as the bike trails found at Issaqueena Trail, to the City’s Central-Clemson Recreation Center, with Olympic size pool, and Nettles Park with several quality baseball fields, tennis courts and spacious dog park. Flower and nature lovers have a gem in their own hometown. The S.C. Botanical Garden on the Clemson Campus is worth several seasonal visits a year.
Quality housing is another feature of Clemson living. Many attractive neighborhoods make up the City enhancing the Clemson experience.
The Clemson area is unique in many ways which serves to attract visitors and residents choosing to relocate. The free CAT bus service offers the second largest bus ridership in South Carolina, scenic beauty with waterfalls in abundance, mountains, large lakes, great for outdoor enthusiasts, hospitable four seasons, the vitality of the University scene and the genuine friendliness, and southern hospitality of the residents. All combine to make people want to return.
As residents will tell you, Clemson is just a good place to live.