About This Place
Travelers Rest is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 4,099 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. "TR", as the city is known around the area, is just north of Greenville. The name "Travelers Rest" came from the fact that it is situated almost directly against the border with the North Carolina mountains. Travelers would stop for a moment in the town, before they began the difficult journey up into the mountains. Often, travelers would have to spend the winter there, waiting for the snow to clear in the mountains, before continuing northward.
Furman University is located just south of the limits of Travelers Rest. The city is the home of the Travelers Rest High School Devildogs. Travelers Rest is located at 34°58′12″N 82°26′16″W / 34.97°N 82.43778°W / 34.97; -82.43778 (34.970100, -82.437814). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,099 people, 1,563 households, and 1,137 families residing in the city. The population density was 930.8 people per square mile (359.7/km²). There were 1,729 housing units at an average density of 392.6 per square mile (151.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.36% White, 18.30% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 1.68% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 4.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of race.