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Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Top, left to right: Downtown Fountain Inn, Fountain Inn City Hall, Cannon Building, Fairview Presbyterian Church, Robert Quillen Office and Library
Top, left to right: Downtown Fountain Inn, Fountain Inn City Hall, Cannon Building, Fairview Presbyterian Church, Robert Quillen Office and Library
Location of Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Location of Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
Counties Greenville, Laurens
 • Total 7.53 sq mi (19.49 km2)
 • Land 7.49 sq mi (19.39 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
866 ft (264 m)
 • Total 7,799
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,394.74/sq mi (538.52/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-27070
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 7,799 at the 2010 census, up from 6,017 in 2000. It is part of the GreenvilleMauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The Cannon Building, Fairview Presbyterian Church, Fountain Inn High School, Fountain Inn Principal's House and Teacherage, McDowell House, Robert Quillen Office and Library, Tullyton, and F. W. Welborn House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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 took its name from an inn and fountain that were along the old stagecoach route. The stagecoach 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.

South Carolina Highway 14 runs through the center of town as Main Street, and Interstate 385 runs along the southern edge of the city, with access from Exits 22, 23, and 26. Greenville is 17 miles (27 km) to the northwest, and Columbia is 84 miles (135 km) to the southeast. Via Highway 14, Laurens is 16 miles (26 km) to the southeast.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Fountain Inn has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.5 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.43%, are water.

There are several festivals in Fountain Inn, including 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 212
1900 497 134.4%
1910 979 97.0%
1920 1,100 12.4%
1930 1,264 14.9%
1940 1,346 6.5%
1950 1,325 −1.6%
1960 2,385 80.0%
1970 3,391 42.2%
1980 4,226 24.6%
1990 4,388 3.8%
2000 6,017 37.1%
2010 7,799 29.6%
2019 (est.) 10,441 33.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Fountain Inn racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 5,883 56.48%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,981 28.62%
Native American 12 0.12%
Asian 68 0.65%
Pacific Islander 19 0.18%
Other/Mixed 434 4.17%
Hispanic or Latino 1,019 9.78%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 10,416 people, 3,170 households, and 2,532 families residing in the city.


92.6% of the residents have a high school diploma or equivalent, 21.7% with bachelor's degree and 4.1% holding a master's, professional or doctorate.

Notable people

Fountain Inn was the adopted home of journalist and humorist Robert Quillen, one of the "leading purveyors of village nostalgia" during the early decades of the 20th century.

Fountain Inn was the home town of one-legged tap dancer Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates.

Fountain Inn is the home town of Travelle Wharton, a retired NFL 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.

See also

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