Travelers Rest, South Carolina
U.S. Route 276 in Travelers Rest
Nickname(s): 
TR, Gateway to the Foothills
Motto(s): 
"Get in Your Element"
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
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyGreenville
Government
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorBrandy Amidon[1]
 • City AdministratorEric Vinson[2]
Area
 • Total6.33 sq mi (16.38 km2)
 • Land6.23 sq mi (16.14 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation1,099 ft (335 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,576
 • Estimate 
(2019)[5]
5,346
 • Density857.83/sq mi (331.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
29690
Area code(s)864
FIPS code45-72430[6]
GNIS feature ID1251197[4]
Websitetravelersrestsc.com

Travelers Rest is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,576 at the 2010 census,[7] a small increase from 4,099 in 2000. By 2018 the population had jumped to 5,253. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area. Travelers Rest, the northernmost city in Greenville County, is located 10 miles north of Greenville and around 20 miles south of the North Carolina border. Furman University, a private liberal-arts university, was annexed into the city limits of Travelers Rest in April of 2018[8] and North Greenville University, a private Christian institution, is located in nearby Tigerville, SC.

History

In 1794, the South Carolina General Assembly appropriated $2000 to construct a wagon road from Greenville, SC, north into the Blue Ridge Mountains, through Asheville, North Carolina, ending in East Tennessee. This road, once fully completed in the mid-1850's, was full of wagon traffic. For those going north into the mountains from the coast through Greenville, Travelers Rest was the first well equipped stop to prepare for the several thousand foot climb ahead of them. Travelers Rest was most recently incorporated as a city in 1959, although there was an 1891 incorporation that expired. While unincorporated, most of the area was known as Bates Township during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The John H. Goodwin House and George Salmon House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9] American Revolutionary heroine Dicey Langston's home, now site of a historical marker, is located just north of the city proper).

Transportation

U.S. Route 276-N enters connects Downtown Greenville with the city and becomes Travelers Rest's Main Street before heading northwest past Caesar's Head State Park, and into North Carolina to Brevard, NC. U.S. Route 25-N, enters the city from West Greenville, then turns north into the Blue Ridge Mountains, connecting to Asheville, NC, 54 miles away.

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.[7]

Climate

Climate data for Travelers Rest, SC
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 51.1
(10.6)
55.0
(12.8)
62.8
(17.1)
72.3
(22.4)
79.9
(26.6)
85.6
(29.8)
88.3
(31.3)
87.4
(30.8)
81.5
(27.5)
72.3
(22.4)
62.4
(16.9)
53.1
(11.7)
71.0
(21.7)
Daily mean °F (°C) 40.5
(4.7)
43.5
(6.4)
50.7
(10.4)
59.4
(15.2)
67.6
(19.8)
74.1
(23.4)
77.4
(25.2)
76.6
(24.8)
70.5
(21.4)
59.9
(15.5)
50.5
(10.3)
42.6
(5.9)
59.4
(15.3)
Average low °F (°C) 30.0
(−1.1)
32.0
(0.0)
38.7
(3.7)
46.4
(8.0)
55.4
(13.0)
62.8
(17.1)
66.6
(19.2)
65.8
(18.8)
59.7
(15.4)
47.7
(8.7)
38.8
(3.8)
32.4
(0.2)
48.0
(8.9)
Source: [10]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
19601,973
19702,24113.6%
19803,01734.6%
19903,0691.7%
20004,09933.6%
20104,57611.6%
2019 (est.)5,346[5]16.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2020 census

Travelers Rest racial composition[12]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 6,004 77.09%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 879 11.29%
Native American 16 0.21%
Asian 151 1.94%
Pacific Islander 4 0.05%
Other/Mixed 343 4.4%
Hispanic or Latino 391 5.02%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,788 people, 1,751 households, and 1,171 families residing in the city.

2000 census

As of the census[6] 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.

Education

Furman University is south of Travelers Rest with Greenville as the designated address. The city is also the home of the Travelers Rest High School Devildogs.

Travelers Rest has a public library, a branch of the Greenville County Library System.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Government". Travelers Rest SC. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Administration". Travelers Rest SC. Retrieved June 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  4. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Travelers Rest, South Carolina
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Travelers Rest city, South Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2017.[dead link]
  8. ^ "City Officials: Travelers Rest annexes local university". WYFF. April 19, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2021.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "CLIMATE TRAVELERS REST". Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  13. ^ "Locations & Hours". Greenville County Library System. Retrieved June 8, 2019.