Anderson is a city in and the county seat of Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 26,686 in 2010, and the city was the center of an urbanized area of 81,309. It is the principal city of the Anderson, South Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area, contiguous with Anderson County, which has a population of 187,126 as of the 2010 census. It is further included in the larger Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, South Carolina Combined Statistical Area . Anderson is just off Interstate 85 and is 120 Miles from Atlanta and 140 miles from Charlotte.Anderson is the smallest of the three primary cities that makes up the Upstate region and is nicknamed "The Electric City" and "The Friendliest City in South Carolina." Anderson's spirit and quality of life has earned national recognition as Anderson County was named an "All-America City" in 2000.Anderson is the home of Anderson University, a selective private comprehensive university of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students.