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Location

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 Spartanburg.

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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Population

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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Housing

Photo of girl standing on front porch in Greenville neighborhood 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 and condominiums.

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.

Photo of the River Walk on Artisphere weekendClimate

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 2014)

Education
K-12

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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.

Higher Education

Many nationally recognized colleges and universities are located within, and in close proximity to, Greenville:

Bob Jones University
Brown Mackie College
Clemson University
Converse College
Furman University
Greenville Technical College
North Greenville University
Southern Wesleyan University
University of SC-Spartanburg
Virginia College - Greenville Campus
Webster University
Wofford College

Health Care

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 care.

Transportation

Greenlink: Greelink 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.

Greenville Downtown 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: 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.

Library System

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.

International Center

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.

Recreation Programs

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.

Outdoor Recreation

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.

Bicycle-Friendly Community

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 History Museum.

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.





Relocation Info

Links to area utilities, transportation resources and newcomer organizations are available from the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce.