About This Place
Rock Hill is the largest city in York County, South Carolina and the fourth-largest city in the state. It is also the third-largest city of the Charlotte metropolitan area, behind Charlotte and Concord. The population was 71,459 as of July 2011, While the 2010 census population estimate was 69,210. Rock Hill has experienced rapid growth between 2000 and 2010 with a 39% growth rate. The forecast population for 2020 is near 100,000 residents (according to Rock Hill Economic Development).
Rock Hill is located at 34°56′17″N 81°1′34″W / 34.93806°N 81.02611°W / 34.93806; -81.02611, approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of Charlotte and approximately 70 miles (110 km) north of Columbia. Rock Hill can be accessed from Interstate 77 at five exits.
The city was named for a flint hill of rock that was in the way of the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad, which was building a rail line from Charlotte to Columbia. Much of this rock was removed to make way for the railroad, which built a depot at the site that eventually became known as Rock Hill. The city dates its history back to April 17, 1852, the day the first Rock Hill Post Office opened, even though the town was not officially incorporated until 1870. Thus, Rock Hill celebrated its centennial in 1952 and its sesquicentennial in 2002.