Hartsville is a city in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina and is the largest city in Darlington County. The population was 7,764 at the 2010 census. Mel Pennington is the current mayor and under his leadership, the city has flourished to become one of the fastest growing in the state of South Carolina. The city is accessible from both Interstate 95 and Interstate 20. Because of its location on these major interstate systems, Hartsville has become a recognizable stop for many tourists on their way to Myrtle Beach. Hartsville has been an All-America City since 1996 and a National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City since 1986.
Hartsville is the home of Coker College as well as a branch of Florence-Darlington Technical College. It is also the site of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.
Hartsville has seen significant growth over the past few years with new hotels, shopping and dining establishments, and job growth. It is served by the Hartsville Regional Airport.
Hartsville is home to several major corporations including Sonoco Products Company and Duke Energy Progress. Agrium Inc. maintained a Rainbow Fertilizer plant in Hartsville until it was destroyed by fire on February 14, 2011. Agrium has chosen to not rebuild in Hartsville.