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Fountain Inn

Fountain Inn

Featuring a unique and vibrant downtown, Fountain Inn is a great place to plant seeds as young professionals, establish roots as a growing family, or branch out as active adults. While Greenville County experiences explosive growth and potential, Fountain Inn retains its small-town charm in a close-knit community.

Facts + Figures

11,758

City Population

547,950

Greenville County Population

$65,513

County Average Household Income

  • Food Scene
  • Arts + Culture
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Business Climate
  • Education

Food Scene

Fountain Inn’s diverse food scene offers a mix of cuisines, restaurant styles, and atmospheres. Whether you’re looking for a community craft beer hangout like Fountain Inn Taproom, a Southern spot like Sweet Catherine’s, or an authentic taco joint like Tacos & Bla Bla Bla, the Fountain Inn area has something for you. The City of Fountain Inn also hosts a farmers’ market from May through July that features food items from local vendors and fresh produce.

2023 welcomes a new brewery and many more dining options with the redevelopment of The Mill at Fountain Inn. This historic Mill project will further solidify Fountain Inn as “the Diamond Tip of the Golden Strip.”

Arts + Culture

The arts and culture environment in Fountain Inn is vibrant. For starters, Fountain Inn is home to the Younts Center for Performing Arts, which hosts a wide range of programs including symphonies and community theatre productions. Conveniently located on Main Street in the former Fountain Inn High School (on the National Register of Historic Places) the Younts Center has performed Broadway hits such as Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr., and Matilda the Musical.

Just down the road from Fountain Inn is Heritage Park Amphitheater, a premier outdoor entertainment venue featuring some of America’s most sought-after acts, from Willie Nelson to Counting Crows, Darius Rucker to Mumford & Sons.

Outdoor Activities

Fountain Inn Recreation operates nearly a dozen parks. These include the recently overhauled Sanctified Hill Park, which has undergone a remarkable transformation thanks to a community-wide effort led by a neighboring congregation. After years of neglect, the park has been completely renovated, making it a central gathering place for the surrounding community.

Fountain Inn’s Cedar Falls Park is a stunning site where the Reedy River cascades over rocks and boulders alongside a playground, hiking trails, walking paths, and mountain bike trails.

From the shadow of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, through the towns of Fountain Inn, Greenville and Travelers Rest, the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail system is hopping! Since opening in 2009, this 25 mile and growing network offers fun, fitness and community transportation throughout Greenville County.

Fountain Inn is less than 20 minutes from Falls Park on the Reedy, 45 minutes from the Blue Ridge Mountains, and just a few hours from the Grand Strand.

A splash pad on Main Street offers an opportunity to beat the heat on those hot summer days, and Commerce Park along Historic Depot St hosts dozens of annual events attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Business Climate

Fountain Inn’s close proximity to top-notch higher education institutions and large metropolitan areas like Greenville and Atlanta, GA, makes it an excellent place to locate your business. The city is also home to a variety of industries that make up a diverse and dynamic roster of businesses. The Fountain Inn area’s major employers include:

Education

Straddling the Laurens and Greenville County line, Fountain Inn has access to a wide variety of K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Greenville County is South Carolina’s largest school district with more than 80,000 students.

Greenville County Schools consistently rank in the Top Ten Best School Districts in South Carolina. Fountain Inn High School, the first in Greenville County to include an Institute of Automation & Engineering, opened in the fall of 2021 to its inaugural freshman class and is already a district leader in both academics and athletics.

Dozens of higher-level learning institutions including Clemson, Furman, and USC Upstate less than an hour away situate Fountain Inn as a central location for research and development. The Health Sciences Center at Prisma Health sees over 8000 students annually, conducts over 1000 clinical trials, and works with over 90 scientists.

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