Fountain Inn, South Carolina
|Fountain Inn, South Carolina|
|• Total||5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)|
|• Land||5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||866 ft (264 m)|
|• Density||1,091.6/sq mi (421.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1222514|
Fountain Inn is a city in Greenville and Laurens counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 6,017 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The southern part of the city is in Laurens County, while the bulk of the city is in Greenville County. The city's nickname is "The diamond tip of the Golden Strip". The city got its name from an Inn and fountain that were along the old stage coach route. The stage coach drivers called the stop Fountain Inn and it stuck. A small garden fountain is installed at City Hall and there is a marker on the north side of town showing the former location of the old inn. There are several festivals in Fountain Inn which include: Aunt Het Day, based on syndicated cartoon columnist Robert Quillen, that brings in several hundred visitors as Main Street is closed and filled with many unique vendors.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,017 people. The population density was 1,091.6 people per square mile (421.6/km²). There were 2,465 housing units at an average density of 447.2 per square mile (172.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.49% White, 29.31% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.41% of the population.
There were 2,289 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.
The median income for a family was $45,417. Males had a median income of $33,281 versus $24,353 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,297. About 6.8% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.
Fountain Inn is governed by a Mayor, a City Council, and several boards and commissions. The current officeholders are:
- Mayor: Gary Long
- Council Ward I: Jay Thomason
- Council Ward II: Celia Tuttle
- Council Ward III: Rose Ann Woods
- Council Ward IV: Erick Chapman
- Council Ward V: Barry Woods Jr.
- Council Ward VI: Matthew King
- City Administrator: Eddie Case
Board of Zoning Appeals/Variance Board
- Yancey Epps
- Vernon Cooper
- Sherry Hogeboom
- Cheryl Smith
- Sonya Cunningham
- Lewis Sullivan
- Robert Trotter
- Art Gibson
- Danny Thomason
- Bill Patterson
- Juanita Mansell
- Raymond Hargrave
- John Mahoney
- Chris Ingle
The City of Fountain Inn has one of the lowest crime rates in Greenville County and has the best record in closing case files of towns of similar sizes and geographic area. The Fountain Inn Police Department has annual reports and information regarding current records and statistical surveys of the area.
Only 79% of the residents have a high school diploma or equivalent, 26.2% with Bachelor's degree and 4.1% holding a Master's, Professional or Doctorate.
Fountain Inn was the home town of late one legged tap dancer Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates..
Fountain Inn is the home town of Travelle Wharton who is an American football player who currently plays offensive lineman. He played for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL from 2004 through 2011. He joined the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2012 season. He played college football at the University of South Carolina.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- John Hammond Moore, ed., The Voice of Small-Town America: The Selected Writings of Robert Quillen, 1920-1948 (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008), xi.