York County SC

York County has a total area of 696 square miles of which, 682 square miles of it is land and 13 square miles of it is water. The County is located in north central South Carolina, along the North Carolina border. Its natural boundaries are the Broad River on the west and the Catawba River on the east.

York County was officially established by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly in March 1785. The County and its county seat were named for York County, Pennsylvania. Small-scale cotton farming was prevalent in the county in the 1800’s, but the textile industry became increasingly important and by the 1950s it was the largest employer in the county. Railroads and textiles also spurred the development of Rock Hill and Fort Mill, which are now the largest cities in the county.