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Greenville is located in the northwest corner of South Carolina, approximately halfway
between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. The area, commonly referred
to as the Upstate, includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens and Cherokee
counties and the cities of Anderson, Clemson, Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer and
Asheville, NC: 63 miles (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Atlanta, GA: 145 miles (2 hours, 25 minutes)
Charleston, SC: 210 miles (3 hours, 20 minutes)
Charlotte, NC: 100 miles (1 hour, 45 minutes)
Columbia, SC: 103 miles (1 hour, 40 minutes)
Spartanburg, SC: 29 miles (35 minutes)
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Greenville County is South Carolina's most populous county with more than 470,000
residents. Approximately 61,000 live within Greenville’s city limits.
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Greenville offers a variety of housing options within traditional neighborhoods,
historic districts, suburban areas or the heart of a bustling downtown. In recent
years, increased demand for urban living has resulted in a boom of new housing development
in the downtown area—ranging from single-family homes and townhouses to urban lofts
Greenville boasts one of the top housing markets in the nation and is consistently
recognized as one of the best places to live because of its moderate climate, low
cost of living and wide variety of amenities.
Greenville’s moderate climate offers a full change of seasons, with an average annual
temperature of 60° F. Greenville offers mild weather throughout most of the year.
July is typically the warmest month and on average, January is the coolest. Greenville
is known for its milder summers when compared to other areas of the south.
Cost of Living
According to the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), Greenville’s
annual cost of living is 95% of the national average. (Source: C2ER, 3rd Quarter
Greenville has a diverse range of quality education options.
Greenville County Schools is the largest public school system in SC, and
the 45th largest public school system in the US. Eleven magnet academies offer unique
educational opportunities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Greenville is also the site of the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities,
the state’s premier school for artistically talented high school students, and is
home to nearly 60 private schools ranging from K-3 to high school.
Many nationally recognized colleges and universities are located within, and in
close proximity to, Greenville:
Bob Jones University
Brown Mackie College
Greenville Technical College
North Greenville University
Southern Wesleyan University
University of SC-Spartanburg
Virginia College - Greenville Campus
Greenville offers some of the best healthcare services and facilities in the Southeast.
The area is currently served by two healthcare systems with campuses and facilities
throughout Greenville County: Bon Secours
St. Francis Health System and Greenville Hospital
System University Medical Center. Greenville is also home to Shriners
Hospital for Children, one of the nation’s leading centers for pediatric orthopedic
is the local public transit system, and offers 11 fixed routes to destinations all
across Greenville County. All Greenlink buses are wheelchair accessible, and each
is equipped with a bike rack. The Greenlink system also features GAP, an ADA paratransit
service provided for individuals who, because of their disability, are unable to
use Greenlink's fixed route bus service. Greenlink also operates two free open-air
trolleys Thursday through Sunday, which make a continuous loop from Greenville’s
historic West End to the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District downtown.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
(GSP): Located just 20 minutes from downtown Greenville, GSP has been
rated one of the most desirable airports in the country in terms of convenience,
with easy access, smaller crowds and nearby parking. More than 1.8 million passengers
per year are served by six major airlines offering 49 non-stop average daily departures
to 15 major cities and 18 airports across the US.
Airport (GMU) is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina,
with nearly 80,000 take-offs. GMU is a modern and attractive facility with a wide
variety of tenants that offer a full range of aviation services.
Greyhound: Greyhound provides interstate bus service to cities
throughout the Southeast.
Amtrack: Amtrak provides passenger rail service, with connections
to several major cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlotte, New
Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
Greenville B-Cycle is a bike share network with eight stations and 35 bikes. Members
can check out a bike and return it to any of the following conveniently located
stations: the Greenville Zoo, Hughes Main Library, County Square, Sterling Community
Center, City Hall, Greenville Transit Center and at the corners of College and North
Main Street and Rhett and River Streets.
The Greenville Library System
features 11 facilities (including the main library downtown), a bookmobile and online
services. More than 890,000 items are available for circulation, including films
and audiovisual materials.
The International Center
of the Upstate (ICU) welcomes local and international residents and provides
opportunities for people to learn about other cultures. ICU offers programs, language
classes, workshops, and social events for Upstate residents; serves as a liaison
to all international groups in the area; and provides business consulting services
for international companies and employees.
From youth and teens to adults and seniors, the City’s Recreation Division offers
a wide range of recreation programs and activities for every age and interest. Visit
our recreation site for more information
and to register online.
One of the city's greatest attractions is its system of parks. There are 39 parks
occupying more than 500 acres of land within the city. Falls Park, one of the city's
most popular parks, serves as a centerpiece attraction for Greenville and features
the Liberty Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Reedy River and its impressive
series of falls.
The largest park in the system is Cleveland Park, a 122-acre site located along
the Reedy River that features tennis courts, softball fields, playground areas,
a fitness trail and picnic shelters. A main attraction at Cleveland Park is the
Greenville Zoo, an exotic animal kingdom rated one of the best tourist attractions
in South Carolina. This 14-acre facility features wildlife from around the world
including giraffes, monkeys, giant tortoises and elephants.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 13.5-mile walking, running and bicycling trail, connecting
downtown Greenville to Traveler’s Rest and Furman University.
The League of American Bicyclists honored Greenville with its prestigious Bicycle
Friendly Community award (Bronze Level) in 2009 and again in 2013. Greenville features
an extensive city-wide bike network, a bike share program, bicycle parking downtown
and bike racks on all Greenlink buses.
Arts & Entertainment
Downtown Greenville has long been the arts and entertainment center of the Upstate,
with live entertainment ranging from outdoor concerts and events to minor league
baseball. Local theater companies provide intimate settings for performances, while
the Peace Center for the Performing Arts hosts major productions on three performance
stages, including an outdoor amphitheater.
Considered downtown’s cultural campus, Heritage Green features the following attractions:
Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville
Little Theatre, Hughes Main Library, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and Upcountry
The Bon Secours Wellness Arena seats 17,000 and hosts concerts, family entertainment
and sporting events. It is also home to the Greenville Road Warriors, an ECHL affiliate
of the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolfpack hockey teams.
Fluor Field is the home of the Greenville Drive, a Minor League Class A affiliate
of the Boston Red Sox in the South Atlantic League. The stadium is modeled after
Fenway Park and features its own “Green Monster."
With more than 300 event days each year, Greenville is known for its free weekly
and recurring outdoor events and concerts.