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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,433
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens19%
Employed Population 16+5,192
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married46.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.8%
Median Earnings25+$44,239
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,217
Median Earnings With High School Degree$18,375

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,107
% Above Poverty Level88.9%
% Below Poverty Level11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone36.5%
Median Gross Rent$922
Median House Value$186,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26%
German14.9%
English13.1%
Irish10.3%
Italian3.8%
Scottish3.6%
French Except Basque2.7%
Polish1.6%
Hungarian1.5%
African1.5%
Norwegian1.4%
Russian1.2%
Nigerian0.9%
Swedish0.6%
Dutch0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Czech0.4%
Serbian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Arab0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Forest Acres Almanac

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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)

StationCOLUMBIA UNIV OF SC
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 80 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp54 to 79 F
Annual Precip47.1 inches
StationWINNSBORO
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 74 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationCAMDEN 3 W
Distance25.2 miles
Jan Temp29 to 53 F
Apr Temp45 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip46.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arcadia Lakes741$127,917
Cayce13,621$64,033
Columbia133,352$66,070
South Congaree2,395$47,500
Springdale2,733$71,250
West Columbia17,296$56,108
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