Market: Ideally situated for growth near the North Carolina border, York County is the second-fastest-growing county in the state, according to 2005 reports. While the state population increased by only 4.3% between 2000 and 2004, it grew by 10.9% in York County, where Rock Hill is the largest city, with 57,902 residents. The county seat is in the historic town of York, with 7,028 residents, but most of the newcomer activity centers around Fort Mill township, home of Springs Industries and former home of Heritage USA, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s failed Christian theme park. Along with lakeside living options, numerous public parks and green space, the area boasts a mild climate, affordable housing and easy access to the Carolina beach destinations. By car, Charleston is only about three hours away, and Hilton Head is about four hours. Fishing, hunting, NASCAR racing, antiquing, beachgoing and waterskiing are among the favorite pastimes.
Location: The Herald is approximately 20 miles south of downtown Charlotte, N.C., and approximately 85 miles north of Columbia, S.C., the state capital. All major Southern cities are within easy driving distance, from Atlanta (277 miles or five ½ hours) to Orlando, Fla. (561 miles and 11 hours). Asheville is just under three hours from Rock Hill and Raleigh is just under four hours.