The community has no traffic lights and 55 is the only city speed limit, except during school traffic hours. Fred is home to one convenience store, Fred Grocery which has a deli. There are two Baptist churches and several other churches of various denominations. Fred has a health care clinic with a physician's assistant. Hunting (wild hog and deer) and fishing are favorite pastimes of the residents of Fred.
There are few jobs in Fred. Men work in refineries and mills in neighboring cities (Beaumont, Port Arthur). The logging industry is also a primary source of employment for people in the area. Women primarily teach school or stay home with their children.
The Warren Independent School District serves area students. School children attend Fred Elementary School until they reach sixth grade, or can attend other public schools in Spurger or Silsbee. They are then bussed to nearby Warren for junior high and high school. Little League Baseball is very popular with the youth in Fred. And in 2007, Warren ISD introduced a pee wee football league to include Fred children.
Author, and former Fred resident, Brad Whittington wrote a trilogy of novels based in Fred, Texas.