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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 10,533
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,024
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 45.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.1%
Median Earnings25+ $40,378
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $10,074
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,833

Wealth

Median Family Income $83,068
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 41.4%
Median Gross Rent $852
Median House Value $179,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0%
English 14.8%
Irish 9%

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COLUMBIA UNIV OF SC
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
Station WINNSBORO
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Arcadia Lakes 876 $95,313
Cayce 12,944 $55,012
Columbia 131,331 $55,515
South Congaree 2,475 $42,083
Springdale 2,693 $70,372
West Columbia 15,623 $57,992
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