Clemson City

Pickens County, South Carolina

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Clemson City Hall is located at 1250 Tiger Boulevard, Clemson, SC 29631.
Phone: 864‑653‑2030.

Hanover House


The existing relationship between the City of Clemson and Clemson University is an evolving partnership in which both parties are striving to create a healthy and attractive environment for both students and residents. The City and the University are at the core two separate institutions and municipalities yet share a mutual goal of leveraging resources and working together as one. There are many opportunities that are enhanced by the proximity of Clemson University to the City. Conversely, there are unique challenges presented by having such a large percentage of the City population comprised of young and transient students. The partnerships forged through the shared commitment of working together and the continuous ranking as one of the nations top Town-Gown relationship is proof that it is possible for each to fulfill their respective mission.

The City of Clemson[†] began as the Village of Calhoun, a settlement that developed around the railroad tracks and contributed to the agricultural growth of upstate South Carolina. This railroad – Southern Railway – was also partially responsible for the founding of Westminster, Seneca, Central, Easley, and Liberty. The village was originally settled in 1872, chartered in 1892, and incorporated in 1937. It is not clear whether the town was named Calhoun by the Atlanta/Charlotte Railway Company or if locals named it after one of the Calhoun brothers who owned a plantation on the north side of the train tracks. The increasing growth of the college over the years eventually eclipsed the town of Calhoun, so, just six years later in 1943, the town was reincorporated under the new name of “Clemson.” The name was changed for two reasons: to eliminated confusion with Calhoun Falls, South Carolina and Calhoun Georgia and to formalize ties to the neighboring college.

City of Clemson Histort,, accessed April, 2024.

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