Please find below helpful Hartsville facts. Don’t see what you need? For historical Hartsville information, contact the Hartsville Museum. For other specific matters, consult our department directory.


Why Hartsville?

A Guide to Investing in Hartsville

Hartsville is the home of industry, headquarters of Sonoco Products Company. We are the home of education, such as the rapidly expanding Coker University and the rigorous, research-focused South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. We are also the home of culture, from the exhibitions of the Black Creek Arts Council to the performances at the historic Center Theater. There are also the countless recreational opportunities ranging from Prestwood Lake to the facilities on our 93-acre Byerly Park Recreation Complex. Hartsville is a memorable place, combining the welcoming charm of small-town life with the amenities, innovation and economic development of a much larger municipality. View our Why Hartsville? investment guide to learn more.

View the Why Hartsville? Investment Guide


Retail Market Study

Examining Hartsville’s current and future retail potential

The City of Hartsville commissioned R.E.D. CITY PLANNING to examine Hartsville’s current and future retail potential. We provided an effective and ongoing vision for downtown Hartsville, and this study focused on efforts to extend that cultural and economic footprint.

The overall goal of the study is to lay out a plan to raise Hartsville’s retail profile to the next tier of national and regional retail and restaurant users. The study is also aimed at pointing City leadership to long term redevelopment possibilities and growth probabilities. View the Hartsville Retail Market Study to learn more.

View the Hartsville Retail Markey Study


City of Hartsville, 2010 Census (approx. 5.72 sq. miles)

  • Population: 7,764 (7,852 in 2014 estimate)
  • Median age: 36.7
  • Households: 3,081
  • Housing units: 3,704

(Source: United States Census)

29550 zip code, 2010 Census

  • Population: 32,284
  • Median age: 39.5
  • Households: 12,539
  • Housing units: 14,406

(Source: United States Census)

Emergency services

  • The Hartsville Police Department counted 32 police officers in 2011. In this year, Hartsville had the highest number of officers for any South Carolina municipality with a population of less than 8,000, and more officers than several larger cities as well. (Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • The Hartsville Fire Department’s Public Protection Classification of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) is Class 4.



  • Hartsville was incorporated Dec. 11, 1891.
  • Hartsville operates under the Council-Manager form of government. City Council includes a Mayor elected at large and six additional council members. City Council meets in Council Chambers at Hartsville City Hall, 100 E. Carolina Ave.. Monthly meetings include a work session on the first Tuesday of the month, as well as regular meetings, during which action items may be considered, on the second Tuesday of the month.