Five Forks, South Carolina

Five Forks is a census-designated place (CDP) in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 17,737 at the 2020 census, up from 14,140 in 2010,[3] and 8,064 in 2000. It is a growing, affluent suburb of Greenville and is part of the Greenville–MauldinEasley Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Five Forks, South Carolina
Five Forks, South Carolina is located in South Carolina
Five Forks, South Carolina
Five Forks, South Carolina
Location of Five Forks, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°48′21″N 82°13′49″W / 34.80583°N 82.23028°W / 34.80583; -82.23028Coordinates: 34°48′21″N 82°13′49″W / 34.80583°N 82.23028°W / 34.80583; -82.23028
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyGreenville
Area
 • Total7.6 sq mi (19.7 km2)
 • Land7.6 sq mi (19.6 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation876 ft (267 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total14,140
 • Density1,868/sq mi (721.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
29681 (Simpsonville), 29651 (Greer)
Area code(s)864
FIPS code45-25540[2]
GNIS feature ID1222418[1]

GeographyEdit

Five Forks is located in eastern Greenville County at 34°48′21″N 82°13′49″W / 34.80583°N 82.23028°W / 34.80583; -82.23028 (34.805912, -82.230346).[4] It is 11 miles (18 km) east of the Downtown Greenville.

The area is bounded by SC 14 to the west, Roper Mountain and Anderson Ridge roads to the north, Jonesville Road to the east,[5] and Gilder Creek (a tributary of the Enoree River[6]) to the south. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.7 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.59%, is water.[3]

HistoryEdit

The Five Forks area is named for a conflux of five roads, which the Greenville edition of The Post and Courier identifies as Woodruff (the main east–west artery), Batesville, Scuffletown, Bennetts Bridge, and one now called Five Forks Road.[7] The area was still very rural into the early 1990s before rapid growth made it a destination for shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. A 1983 USGS map of the region shows an asterisk- or star-shaped intersection of roads – Woodruff passing through, with Adams Mill, Five Forks, and Scuffletown – before a Woodruff bypass and other realignment changed it.[8]

In 2019, Niche.com ranked Five Forks as the best place to live, and second best place to raise a family, out of 190 best places in South Carolina.[9]

In April 2019, an EF1 tornado was confirmed to have touched down, beginning in Simpsonville and ending its path in Five Forks.[10]

In March 2021, an area plan for Five Forks was posted by Greenville County for comment. The plan had been developed since 2018 by a committee of Five Forks residents to address heavy traffic, loss of trees, and inconsistent growth, and covers commercial design, environmental protection, and goals for residential control.[7] All three county council members who represent parts of Five Forks support the plan, and no one spoke against it at a public hearing in May 2021. The county's addition of overlay districts, as suggested by the plan, would legally govern future development in Five Forks.[11] A motion for the council to adopt the plan as an amendment to the county's comprehensive plan was unanimously carried in August 2021.[12]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
20008,064
201014,14075.3%
202017,73725.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010sEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 14,140 people and 4,630 households residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,860.5 people per square mile (721.4/km2). There were 4,805 housing units at an average density of 632.2/sq mi (245.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.5% White, 5.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.4% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.0% some other race, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.[14]

There were 4,630 households, out of which 53.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.3% were headed by married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.1% were non-families. 11.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.1% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05, and the average family size was 3.31.[14]

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 33.3% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.[14]

For the period 2011–15, the estimated median annual income for a household in the CDP was $115,050, and $120,139 for families. Male full-time workers had a median income of $86,543 versus $53,879 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $43,114. About 1.3% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.[15]

2020sEdit

Five Forks racial composition[16]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 13,555 76.42%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,029 5.8%
Native American 34 0.19%
Asian 1,122 6.33%
Pacific Islander 6 0.03%
Other/Mixed 800 4.51%
Hispanic or Latino 1,191 6.71%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,737 people, 5,627 households, and 5,029 families residing in the CDP. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18.[17]

As of 2021, average household income in Five Forks was twice the average for the rest of Greenville County.[11]

EducationEdit

Public education in Five Forks is administered by the Greenville County School District.[18] The district operates Monarch Elementary School in Five Forks.

Five Forks has a public library, a branch of the Greenville County Library System.[19]

GovernmentEdit

Five Forks is governed by Greenville County, whose 12-member council includes three who represent portions of the CDP: Butch Kirven,[20] Dan Tripp,[21] and Chris Harrison.[11] All three are members of the Republican Party.

Districts 21 and 35 of the South Carolina House of Representatives cover portions of Five Forks, as does state senate district 12. The CDP is within South Carolina's 4th congressional district, represented by William Timmons since 2019.

Fire and safetyEdit

Five Forks is served by Clear Spring Fire and Rescue,[22] as well as the Pelham Batesville Fire Department station 3.[23] It has no police force of its own and is served by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Five Forks, South Carolina
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Five Forks CDP, South Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 13, 2017.[dead link]
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Anna B. (March 14, 2018). "Suburbia unites: Greenville County's Five Forks residents demand better planning". The Greenville News. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  6. ^ "Areas Used for Placer Appraisal between the Savannah and Catawba Rivers" (PDF). United States Geological Survey. Retrieved June 4, 2021. 17 Gilder Creek and other tributaries to the Enoree River
  7. ^ a b Mitchell, Anna B. (March 12, 2021). "A traffic-choked Greenville suburb wants to stop sprawl but keep growing. It won't be easy". The Post and Courier Greenville. South Carolina. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "SC_Pelham_261431_1983_24000_geo" (JPEG). United States Geological Survey. 1983. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Collier, Kimberly (October 26, 2019). "Places: Five Forks: one of the most popular 8 square miles in Greenville County". Greenville Journal. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "Tornado confirmed in Simpsonville, NWS says". WYFF. April 15, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  11. ^ a b c Cary, Nathaniel (May 17, 2021). "Five Forks Area Plan, seeking to manage rapid growth, begins county approval process". Post and Courier Greenville. South Carolina. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  12. ^ "Regular Council Meeting Minutes" (PDF). Greenville County Council. August 17, 2021. p. 4. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1): Five Forks CDP, South Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2011–2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Five Forks CDP, South Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  16. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  17. ^ "Five Forks, South Carolina, Table Results". United States Census Bureau. 2020. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  18. ^ "Homepage". Greenville County Schools. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Five Forks Branch". Greenville County Library System. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  20. ^ Cary, Nathaniel (October 7, 2020). "Greenville County Council candidate accuses council of mishandling coronavirus pandemic". The Post and Courier. Greenville. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  21. ^ "Dan Tripp, District 28". Greenville County, South Carolina. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  22. ^ "Clear Spring Fire & Rescue". South Carolina Volunteer Firefighters. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  23. ^ "About". Pelham Batesvilled Fire Department. Retrieved June 2, 2021.