Mountain Rest, South Carolina

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Population in July 2007: 1,990.
Males: 1,006  (50.6%)
Females: 984  (49.4%)
Median resident age:  44.7 years
South Carolina median age:  35.4 years

Zip code: 29664

Estimated median household income in 2013: $33,123 (it was $29,939 in 2000)
Mountain Rest:

$33,123
SC:

$44,163

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $22,654 (it was $19,166 in 2000)

Mountain Rest CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $147,687 (it was $77,900 in 2000)
Mountain Rest:

$147,687
SC:

$139,200
  • Races in Mountain Rest, SC (2000)

    Mountain Rest races chart
    • 1,83298.0%White alone
    • 160.9%Hispanic
    • 150.8%Two or more races
    • 30.2%Black alone
    • 20.1%American Indian alone
    • 20.1%Asian alone

Races in Mountain Rest detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Mountain Rest: 87.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 94.8 square miles.

Population density: 21 people per square mile   (very low).

Mountain Rest, South Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Mountain Rest:

  • High school or higher: 74.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.2%
  • Unemployed: 3.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mountain Rest CCD:

  • Never married: 15.3%
  • Now married: 64.6%
  • Separated: 3.1%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Mountain Rest CCD:  0.4% ($289)
South Carolina:  0.6% ($510)
Mountain Rest satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Greenville, SC (41.4 miles , pop. 56,002).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (106.9 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (541.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Salem, SC (2.8 miles) , Walhalla, SC (2.9 miles ), West Union, SC (3.1 miles ), Long Creek, SC (3.2 miles ), Highlands, NC (3.6 miles ), Sky Valley, GA (3.8 miles ), Westminster, SC (3.8 miles ), Mountain City, GA (4.0 miles ).

Latitude: 34.88 N, Longitude: 83.11 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 864

Mountain Rest tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.5%
South Carolina:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Utilities (11%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Sporting goods, camera, and hobby and toy stores (7%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Electricians (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)

Work and jobs in Mountain Rest: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Mountain Rest, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Mountain Rest-area historical tornado activity is near South Carolina state average. It is 1% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/27/1994, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 5.7 miles away from the Mountain Rest place center injured 37 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/27/1994, a category F3 tornado 23.1 miles away from the place center killed 3 people and injured 45 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mountain Rest-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Carolina state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 78.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 79.6 miles away from Mountain Rest center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 145.5 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 234.6 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 218.6 miles away from Mountain Rest center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 362.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Oconee County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Ice Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Mountain Rest:

  • OMH HOSPICE OF THE FOOTHILLS (Hospital, about 14 miles away; SENECA, SC)
  • OMH HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; SENECA, SC)
  • OCONEE MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 15 miles away; SENECA, SC)
  • HIGHLANDS CASHIERS HOSPITAL IN (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; HIGHLANDS, NC)
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; CLAYTON, GA)

Operable nuclear power plants near Mountain Rest:

  • 17 miles: Oconee 1 and 2 in Seneca, SC.
  • 17 miles: Oconee 3 in Seneca, SC.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mountain Rest:

  • Clemson University (about 22 miles; Clemson, SC; Full-time enrollment: 20,131)
  • Tri-County Technical College (about 25 miles; Pendleton, SC; FT enrollment: 5,174)
  • Western Carolina University (about 28 miles; Cullowhee, NC; FT enrollment: 8,684)
  • Piedmont College (about 33 miles; Demorest, GA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • Anderson University (about 37 miles; Anderson, SC; FT enrollment: 2,510)
  • Furman University (about 39 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,988)
  • Greenville Technical College (about 43 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 9,859)

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Notable locations in Mountain Rest: Walhalla Fish Hatchery (A), Chattooga Picnic Area (B), Burrel Place Campground (C), Piedmont State Nursery (D), Moody Spring Campground (E), Rose Bud Picnic Area (F), Sloan Bridge Campground (G), Keith Quarter (H), White Rock Scenic Area (I), Cherry Hill Recreation Site (J), Earls Ford Recreation Site (K), Village Creek Mission (L), Mountain Rest (M), Burrells Ford Campground (N), Oconee Station (O), Oconee County Rural Fire Department Mountain Rest (P), Andrew Pickens Ranger Station (Q). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mountain Rest include: Double Springs Church (A), Double Springs Baptist Church (B), Cherry Hill Church (C), Cheohee Baptist Church (D), Bethlehem Baptist Church (E), Monte Vista Baptist Church (F), Cheohee Cemetery (G), Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Wolf Pit Cemetery (1), Pleasant Ridge Cemetery (2), Monte Vista Cemetery (3), Bethlehem Cemetery (4), Snyder Cemetery (5), Cherry Hill Cemetery (6), Pells Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Turn Hole (A), Gordons Lake (B), Lake Isaquenna (C), Lake Becky (D), Walhalla Reservoir (E), Lake Cherokee (F), Chattooga Lake (G), Crystal Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Crane Creek (A), Bad Creek (B), Wilson Creek (C), White Rock Creek (D), White Oak Creek (E), Slatten Branch (F), Wash Branch (G), Pigpen Branch (H), Pack Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mountain Rest include: Oconee State Park (1), Station Creek Cove Botanical Area (2), General Pickens Monument (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Oconee County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 46.7. This is significantly better than average.

City:

46.7
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.164. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.164
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 31.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.9
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2010 was 8.60. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.60
U.S.:

9.35
Average household size:
This place:  2.2 people
South Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  69.3%
Whole state:  67.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  3.6%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

11.2%
Whole state:

14.1%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

4.1%
Whole state:

6.5%
21 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional) in 2010

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

14.1
South Carolina average:

13.2

Mountain Rest travel time to work - commute Mountain Rest mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Mountain Rest CCD (based on Oconee County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant34,998142
Mainline Protestant3,99622
Catholic2,4912
Other8184
Black Protestant3584
None31,612-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Oconee County:

1.84 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Oconee County:

1.27 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 31
Oconee County:

4.39 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 46
Here:

6.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.1%
South Carolina:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Oconee County:

28.6%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.7%
State:

13.4%

4.95% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($49,674 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.95%
South Carolina average:

6.90%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Pickens County, SC  0.71% ($34,286 average AGI)
from Anderson County, SC  0.60% ($31,581)
from Greenville County, SC  0.38% ($62,062)


5.13% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,401 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.13%
South Carolina average:

6.53%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pickens County, SC  0.79% ($36,337 average AGI)
to Anderson County, SC  0.77% ($33,061)
to Greenville County, SC  0.41% ($38,457)

Strongest AM radio stations in Mountain Rest:

  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WTBI (1540 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PICKENS, SC; Owner: TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WGCR (720 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PISGAH FOREST, NC; Owner: ANCHOR BAPTIST BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WCNN (680 AM; 50 kW; NORTH ATLANTA, GA; Owner: DICKEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WGHC (1370 AM; daytime; 3 kW; CLAYTON, GA; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRIX (1020 AM; daytime; 10 kW; HOMELAND PARK, SC; Owner: AM 1020 INCORPORATED)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WLET (1420 AM; 5 kW; TOCCOA, GA; Owner: TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE)
  • WDUN (550 AM; 10 kW; GAINESVILLE, GA; Owner: JWJ PROPERTIRS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mountain Rest:

  • WGOG (96.3 FM; WALHALLA, SC; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • W269AY (101.7 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WHLC (104.5 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORP.)
  • W277AL (103.3 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WRBN (104.1 FM; CLAYTON, GA; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WHZT (98.1 FM; SENECA, SC; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WFQS (91.3 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WNCC-FM (96.7 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W218AD (91.5 FM; BREVARD, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WCVP-FM (95.9 FM; ROBBINSVILLE, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WJMZ-FM (107.3 FM; ANDERSON, SC; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)

TV broadcast stations around Mountain Rest:

  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W22AC (Channel 22; HARTWELL & ROYSTON, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WYFF (Channel 4; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WNEG-TV (Channel 32; TOCCOA, GA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W27BD (Channel 62; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Mountain Rest)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Hwy 28 Near Mountain View School (Lat: 34.850083 Lon: -83.133500), Call Sign: KLP775
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.130 MHzGrant Date: 04/24/2012, Expiration Date: 06/08/2022Registrant: Oconee County Sheriff\'s Office, 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, SC 29691, Phone: (864) 718-1010, Fax: (864) 638-4434, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • Long Mtn, Tower Road (Lat: 34.882611 Lon: -83.097611), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 42.7 m, Call Sign: WQRC955
    Assigned Frequencies: 6004.50 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, 6063.80 MHz, 6152.75 MHzGrant Date: 04/18/2013, Expiration Date: 04/18/2023, Certifier: Barney DrakeRegistrant: Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 734 W. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671, Phone: (864) 898-2003, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Mountain Rest)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 150G (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR 0-200 SERIES (100 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 4034J , Serial Number: 15065334, Year manufactured: 1966, Airworthiness Date: 10/22/1966
    Registrant (Individual): Colin G Wolf, 121 Whetstone Rd, Mountain Rest, SC 29664
  • Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 90 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR A&C65 SERIES (65 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 83440 , Serial Number: 7AC-2107, Year manufactured: 1946, Airworthiness Date: 05/21/1956
    Registrant (Individual): William B Farley, Po Box 124, Mountain Rest, SC 29664

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Hazardous Condition: 1

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (44%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (32%)
  • Wood (15%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6%)
  • Utility gas (2%)

Mountain Rest compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
There are 3 pilots and 3 other airmen in this city.
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