Travelers Rest, South Carolina

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
One of several "brand" logos used by the city
One of several "brand" logos used by the city
Nickname(s): TR, Gateway to the Foothills
Motto(s): "Get in Your Element"
Location of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Location of Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°58′12″N 82°26′16″W / 34.97000°N 82.43778°W / 34.97000; -82.43778Coordinates: 34°58′12″N 82°26′16″W / 34.97000°N 82.43778°W / 34.97000; -82.43778
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Greenville
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Brandy Amidon[1]
 • City Manager Dianna Turner
 • Total 4.54 sq mi (11.77 km2)
 • Land 4.52 sq mi (11.71 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation 1,096 ft (334 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,576
 • Density 1,012/sq mi (390.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29690
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-72430[2]
GNIS feature ID 1251197[3]

Travelers Rest is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,576 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 4,099 in 2000. The population was an estimated 4,994 in 2015. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Travelers Rest is located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Greenville, the primary city of the Upstate region of South Carolina. The campus of Furman University is located just south of the city limits of Travelers Rest, but the university retains a Greenville address based on its ZIP code. The name "Travelers Rest" came from the fact that it is situated close to the border with the North Carolina mountains. Travelers would stop for a moment in the town before they began the difficult journey into the mountains.[5] Travelers would often have to spend the winter there, waiting for the snow to clear in the mountains before continuing northward.


The John H. Goodwin House and George Salmon House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6] A marker has been placed at the site of the home of Dicey Langston, regarded as a "heroine in the American Revolution", home on Tigerville Road.[7]


Travelers Rest is located north of the center of Greenville County at 34°58′12″N 82°26′16″W / 34.97000°N 82.43778°W / 34.97000; -82.43778 (34.970100, -82.437814).[8] U.S. Route 276 passes through the center of town as Main Street, leading northwest 25 miles (40 km) to the North Carolina border at the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Caesars Head and south 9 miles (14 km) to the center of Greenville. U.S. Route 25 passes through the east side of the city, leading north 30 miles (48 km) to Hendersonville, North Carolina, and south 12 miles (19 km) to Interstate 185 to the west of Greenville.

As of the 2010 census, the city had a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.8 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.54%, were water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20165,053[9]10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,099 people, 1,563 households, and 1,137 families residing in the city. The population density was 930.8 people per square mile (359.7/km²). There were 1,729 housing units at an average density of 392.6 per square mile (151.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.36% White, 18.30% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 1.68% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 4.22% of the population were of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

There were 1,563 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,917, and the median income for a family was $38,229. Males had a median income of $30,377 versus $22,634 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,704. About 12.2% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Downtown revitalization[edit]

Adopted by City Council in November 2006, the "Downtown Revitalization" plan was started to create "elements" in Travelers Rest such as:

  • Points of Interest
  • Branding Concepts
  • Streetscape
  • Buncombe Road Park
  • Infill and Redevelopment


Furman University was incorporated into the city of Travelers Rest on April 18, 2013.[citation needed] The city is the home of the Travelers Rest High School Devildogs.


  1. ^ "Government". Travelers Rest SC. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Travelers Rest city, South Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Louise (April 11, 1988). "For settlers, places told their stories". Times-News. p. 5. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  7. ^ Fork Shoals Historical Society (2013). Fork Shoals: Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 9780738590837. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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