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Statistics & Facts

The South Carolina state capital is Columbia.
The population of Iva is approximately 1,180 (2005), 1218 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 569 (1990), 464 (2010).
The amount of land area in Iva is 2.312 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Iva is 0.9 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Iva to Washington DC is 457 miles.
The distance to the South Carolina state capital is 108 miles. (as the crow flies)
Iva is positioned 34.30 degrees north of the equator and 82.66 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Iva elevation is 710 feet above sea level.
Iva median income is $ 23,333 (2000).
The Iva median home price is $ 48,300 (2000).


in northwestern South Carolina, about 42 miles from Greenville. Other nearby communities include Lake Secession, Starr, Lowndesville, Antreville, Homeland Park, Anderson, Centerville and Calhoun Falls.
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Iva Historical Events

Early 1900's
The coming of the railroads changed America's landscape. Hamlets, towns and cities sprung up all along the lines; such was the case with Iva, South Carolina. Just after the Civil War, Dr. Augustus Gilmer Cook was finishing his M. D. degree at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa. Returning to S. C., he married Mary Alkanza Clinkscales and moved from the Generostee Section of South CArolina three miles west. He bought the farm of Mrs. Betsy Brown and built a lovely home. The Savannah alley Railroad came up the rivers edge and split Dr. Cook's farm just about into equal halves. He called the depot Cook's Station. And so it was for quite some time. A railroad conductor pointed out to Dr. Cook about another station with the same name in another part of the state kept causing a mix up of freight delivery. Dr. Cook decided to name this station in honor of his oldest daughter, Iva Alkanza Cook.
The town was laid out with streets 60 feet wide, except for Broad Street, where Dr. Cook's home expanded its sides to 80 feet across. His son, William Pringle, built a large mercantile, general store, undertaker service, and furniture store and did quite a business. He had a large wagon style hearse pulled by two big black horses. Later he bought a 1926 Dodge Hearse when his grandson, Alfred Augustus, finished mortician school. That hearse was bought by the McDougalds of Anderson, S. C. and is attractively displayed on the grounds of their beautiful funeral home complex.
"Miss Iva" married Robert David Bryson of Woodruff. They were members of the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church, She taught Sunday School, wrote and compiled a book on women's work in the ARP church. She was an also an avid Greek scholar and was most active in church affairs. She was a lady of elegance--poised, well-dressed and refined. Upon her death, my father bought her home after returning from WW II. This historical sketch was written from her bedroom . The home will celebrate it's 100th birthday in 2004.
Submitted by John D. Evans Iva


The population of Iva was:
1990 - 1,174
2000 - 1,156
2005 - 1,180

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