Fountain Inn, South Carolina
“The Diamond Tip of the Golden Strip”
“Front Porch of The Upstate"
John R. Hastings, Sr.
Fountain Inn Chamber
Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Welcome to the “Front Porch of The Upstate”
The phrase “Front Porch of The Upstate” brings back memories for me and so many others from decades gone by. Those times when life moved a little bit slower, and families would gather on their porches just to relax and enjoy teach other's company. This is the feeling I trust you will encounter here in this beautiful southern city known as Fountain Inn, South Carolina.
Several years ago, Fountain Inn had a choice to make: remain the same with closed storefronts, losing businesses, tourists, and even families to the larger cities. Or, make some important changes to make life better for all. We chose the latter, making many positive changes to our downtown business district, yet maintaining that important “feel” of a small southern town.
The City of Fountain Inn, Economic Development, the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, the wonderful citizens and businesses of Fountain Inn, along with many others, have done an outstanding job of transforming the downtown area and beyond. Everyone worked hard, and everyone worked together.
In the late summer of 1985, my husband and I moved to Fountain Inn with our 1-year-old daughter, Ashley. It was an exciting time for us as we made what we thought would be the first of many moves as our careers and family grew. We are proud to say that we never had to make those moves. Fountain Inn has been the perfect town to raise our family, growing by another daughter, Rebecca, in 1990, and to build the kind of life we dreamed of as that young family those years ago.
Fountain Inn offers the best of both worlds. We are a charming, small, Southern town community nestled quietly in the Upstate with all the amenities of larger municipalities on a more convenient level.
Region: Upstate, Piedmont
Counties: Greenville, Laurens
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Annual average temperature:
60 degrees Fahrenheit
Summer average temperature:
77.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Winter average temperature:
42 degrees Fahrenheit
Annual precipitation: 45.55 inches
Population (2011 estimate):
City of Fountain Inn: 7,937
Greenville County: 451,428
Laurens County: 70,045
Median Household income (2010 estimate):
Fountain Inn: $44,109
Greenville County: $46,830
Laurens County: $37,529
Fountain Inn Chamber, Fountain Inn Rotary Club, Fountain Inn Garden Club, Fountain Inn Music Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Fountain Inn Kiwanis Club
Type of city government: Council/mayor/administrator
Number of city council members: Six
Length of terms: Four years; terms are staggered every two years
Type of county government:
Number of county council members: 12
Length of terms: Four years
Fire department: 17 full-time personnel, 10 volunteers; fire insurance rating of 5 in town, 7-9 in rural areas; four engines, 100-foot ladder truck, two rescue trucks, two service vehicles, one tanker truck, two brush trucks, four automatic defibrillators
Police department: 24 police officers, 6 communication specialists and administration staff, five reserve officers; 15 equipped cars
D & W Fine Pak
KS Gleitlager USA, Inc.
Goglanian Bakeries Inc. ZFManufacturing
ZF Transmission US Plastics Saati Rich Products Corp.
- Plays, art classes and more: The Younts Center for Performing Arts offers art in abundance close to home
- Fountain Inn aims to be a destination that appeals to residents, businesses and visitors
- Fountain Inn’s quality of life has ‘big-city appeal and a hometown feel’
- Youth sports leagues and recreational opportunities abound
- A new collaboration expands access to services for area seniors
- Fountain Inn is 'the 'Inn' place where the past and present coexist in harmony'
- Looking for something to do? Fountain Inn has plenty of family-friendly, community-centered activities
- New schools planned to ease crowding in local classes