Seneca is located in Oconee County, on the southern shore of Lake Keowee, which forms the northwestern tip of South Carolina and borders both Georgia and North Carolina.
Originally called “Seneca City,” it was founded in 1873 at the point where two railroad lines connecting Atlanta and Charlotte crossed. (Earlier, a Native American village named Esseneca was settled by the Cherokee near present-day Clemson University.)
Seneca recently adopted the motto “City of Smiles, City with Style.”
The population was 8,102 at the 2010 census.
It is the principal city of the Seneca Micropolitan Statistical Area (population 74,273 according to the year 2010 census), which includes all of Oconee County and which is further included in the greater Greenville–Spartanburg–Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area (population 1,266,995 according to the year 2010 census).
Nestled in the foothillls of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Seneca reflects the hospitality and beauty of this little corner of our great state. Since it’s founding in 1873, Seneca has always adapted to the ever-changing pace of life and has always strived to provide all of its businesses, residents, and visitors with an open, friendly atmosphere and a community with outstretched arms.
The city has a hospital, many restaurants, movie theater, grocery stores, car dealerships, Lowes, Home Depot and a Super Walmart and a plethora of stores and shops to supply all of one’s daily needs conveniently and is adjacent to Clemson South Carolina which host the University and additionally supplies many cultural and sport venues.
The historic part of town is called Ram Cat Alley and one can stroll the street and enjoy cozy restaurants, pubs and antique and craft shops.