Forest Acres, South Carolina

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Forest Acres, South Carolina

Introduction to Forest Acres, South Carolina

Forest Acres, South Carolina, in Richland county, is 2 miles NE of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 84 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is included in the Columbia metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 10,558 people lived in Forest Acres.

Forest Acres History

The area now known as Forest Acres was originally settled in the late 1760s. After the land grant of 1785, it was owned by Colonel Thomas Taylor. He built the area's first cotton mill in 1796, which was known as Taylor's Mill. Forest Acres was officially incorporated on September 24, 1935. John Hughes Cooper was the city's first mayor.

Forest Acres and nearby Attractions

  • Palmetto Falls Water Park
  • Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
  • Sesquicentennial State Park
  • EdVenture Children's Museum
  • McKissick Museum
  • South Carolina State Museum

Things To Do In Forest Acres

While staying in Forest Acres, you can visit Trenholm Park, Palmetto Falls Water Park, and Forest Lake Park. It also offers easy access to several museums including the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum, Columbia Museum of Art, Cayce Historical Museum, and McKissick Museum. You can enjoy shopping at the Richland Mall Shopping Center, Trenholm Plaza Shopping Center, Boulevard Plaza Shopping Center, and Arcadia Lakes Plaza Shopping Center.

Forest Acres Transportation

Flights can be availed from Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Forest Acres Higher Education

Benedict College and Midlands Technical College are nearby.

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High Points

Forest Acres strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in South Carolina):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Forest Acres Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 6% Forest Acres Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 6% Forest Acres Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 9% Forest Acres People in Middle Class or Better
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 9% Forest Acres Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Forest Acres College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 11% Forest Acres Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Forest Acres, South Carolina

Comparing Forest Acres to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in South Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Racial Diversity 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Male Share of the Population 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 6
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 8 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 10
People Above Poverty 6 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 10
Working at Home 7 9
Walking and Biking to Work 7 7
Public Transportation Use 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 1
Housing Recently Built 5 3
Affordability of Rents 5 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 2 5
Low Property Crime 1 3

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Forest Acres Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Richland
Metro Area Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 29206
Phone Area Codes 803
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.019
Longitude -80.99

Forest Acres Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 80 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station CAMDEN 3 W
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
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Forest Acres Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,558 100%
Male 4,730 44.8%
Female 5,828 55.2%
Under 18 2,105 19.9%
18+ 8,453 80.1%
65+ 2,342 22.2%
Median Age 42.5
Average Family Size 2.76
White 8,538 80.9%
African-American 1,639 15.5%
Asian 123 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.2%
Other 108 1%
Mixed Race 129 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 268 2.5%

Estimated Forest Acres Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,991
Growth -567
Growth % -5.4%

Forest Acres Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 25%
English 16.9%
US/American 14.6%
German 8.9%
Scotch-Irish 7.9%
Irish 6.6%
Scottish 4%
French (except Basque) 2.9%
Russian 1.3%
Italian 1.2%
Polish 1.2%
Swedish 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
European 0.8%
British 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Northern European 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Norwegian 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Forest Acres, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Forest Lake (29206)
Ravenwood (29206)
Sandwood (29206)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Forest Acres 10,558 $62,026
Arcadia Lakes 882 $79,179
Cayce 12,150 $43,560
Columbia 116,278 $39,589
South Congaree 2,266 $39,250
Springdale 2,877 $57,014
West Columbia 13,064 $40,253
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