Tega Cay, SC

Tega Cay, South Carolina

Tega Cay is a planned city in York County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,044 at the 2000 census. The City of Tega Cay is located on a peninsula in Lake Wylie twenty miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina. The name Tega Cay is Polynesian for “Beautiful Peninsula.” The city’s slogan is “The Good Life.”


Tega Cay is located at (35.037262, -81.024644). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (21.27%) is water. Tega Cay's ZIP Code is 29708. The city's area code is 803. The surprisingly hilly terrain is densely forested, containing many species of hardwoods and pines, and wildlife. Recreational facilities located in Tega Cay include 27 holes of golf with a clubhouse and pavilion, 8 lighted tennis courts, several miles of walking trails, and 2 city-owned parks with baseball and soccer fields available for public use. The city has 13 mi (21 km) of shoreline, and waterfront amenities include a beach and swimming center, 4 city parks located on the shore, 2 waterfront parks still in the planning stages, a marina, and 3 areas to launch boats.


Tega Cay is run under a mayor-council government framework. The chief executive position in Tega Cay is not the mayor, but rather the City Manager. The Council of Tega Cay is composed of four members, selected from at-large districts. The city maintains its own Police and Public Works departments. Other positions in the town include Recreation Director, Horticulturist, Code Enforcement officers, and administrative staff.

The Tega Cay Fire Department and Rescue Squad is staffed by volunteers. Several other governmental positions in the town, including the Beautification Committee, the Community Relations Committee, the Municipal Election Committee, the Finance Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Planning and Zoning Committee, the Public Works Committee, the Safety Committee, and the Board of Zoning Appeals are all staffed by volunteers as well. Based on the mini-cities concept, trash collection, curbside recycling, repaving and similar requirements are contracted out. The fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30th.


As of the census of 2000, there were 4,044 people, 1,509 households, and 1,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,630.0 people per square mile (629.6/km²). There were 1,577 housing units at an average density of 635.7/sq mi (245.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.87% White, 2.13% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 1,509 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.6% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $80,227, and the median income for a family was $82,926. Males had a median income of $61,745 versus $35,082 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,275. About 1.3% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Students attend Fort Mill schools, which are located nearby and are considered among the best in the state.


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