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Greenville is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 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.
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Greenville County is South Carolina's most populous county with more than 470,000 residents. Approximately 56,000 live within Greenville city limits.
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Photo of girl standing on front porch in Greenville neighborhood Greenville has a rich history of diverse living environments and neighborhood identity, and offers housing options within traditional older neighborhoods, historic districts, suburban areas or the heart of a bustling downtown. In the past six years (2007-2012), Greenville experienced over $122 million in new residential construction and an additional $117 million in renovations in the City's neighborhoods. The city's downtown is experiencing a boom in new apartment development as the demand increases for urban living. The median sales price of an Existing Single Family Home (March 2013) is $149,000.

Photo of the River Walk on Artisphere weekendClimate

Our moderate climate offers a full change of seasons. The average annual temp is 60 degrees F with an average rainfall of 49 inches and an average snowfall of 1.20 inches per year.

Entertainment & Culture

Downtown is the arts and entertainment epicenter for the Upstate South with live entertainment ranging from ballet and symphony to hockey and indoor football. 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. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena seats 17,000 and hosts athletic events as well as major concerts and family entertainment. The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery offers one of the most recognized collections of religious artwork in the nation, including works by such artists as Dolci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titan and Van Dyck. The nationally recognized Greenville County Art Museum has an exquisite collection as well.

Visit Heritage Green, the city's urban and cultural arts complex.

Photo of entrance to Falls Park TD Convention Center, one of the largest exposition facilities in the southeast with 368,000 square feet of exhibit space in four halls. The TD Convention Center is a popular regional destination for corporate meetings, tradeshows, banquets, and special events.

Greenville is known for its outdoor entertainment which include Jazz Concerts, Farmer's Markets, and Moonlight Movies along the River.

Within the City of Greenville are 39 parks, playgrounds and recreation centers which include bike/jogging trails, miniature golf course, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, playground structures, picnic shelters and ball fields for a total of 452 acres of park space. More information on things to do and see in Greenville.


K -12:
Greenville County has the largest school district in South Carolina, and it is the 47th largest school system in the United States. Greenville is home to the International Baccalaureate Program, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, and the Roper Mountain Science Center.

Eight magnet academies offer unique educational opportunities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Each academy offers distinct programs in foreign language, communication arts, pre-engineering and health professions, international studies, science and technology, or year-round education. For more information, visit

Greenville also has a number of highly accredited private schools. Christ Church Episcopal is an independent, Episcopal, co-ed day school serving more than 950 students in grades Primer - 12. It is one of only five schools in North America to offer an International Baccalaureate Program curriculum in grades K-12.

Local Colleges and Universities:
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

International Center

The International Center of the Upstate (ICU) welcomes local and international residents from many different countries and provides opportunities for people to learn about other cultures. The International Center 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. ICU's mission is to promote cross-cultural diversity and understanding in the community.

The International Center is open Mon-Fri 9 am-noon and is located at 9 South Memminger Street, Greenville.

You may reach them by email or telephone at 864-631-2188.


Air: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is located 12 miles from downtown Greenville on I-85. Passenger service is provided to most domestic and international destinations directly or via convenient connecting hub services. More than 1.75 million passengers per year are served by 6 airlines with 52 non-stop daily departures to 18 major cities.

Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina and is convenient to all of Greenville's premier destinations. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena, the Peace Center, and the vibrant downtown area are only a five-minute drive away. Shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants are located just a few blocks from GMU. The TD Convention Center and The Phoenix-Greenville's Inn are located right next door, within walking distance of the airport. GMU is a modern and attractive facility with a wide variety of tenants that offer a full range of aviation services.

Bus/transit: Greenlink is located downtown and provides local bus service Monday through Saturday. Interstate bus travel is provided by Greyhound Bus lines.

Trains and automobiles: Railway transportation to Greenville is provided by Amtrak. The Amtrak station is located in downtown Greenville. Situated in the northwest corner of South Carolina, Greenville is accessible from Interstate Highways 85, 185 and 385. Four U.S. Highways pass through Greenville. They are 25, 123, 29 and 276.


Greenville has a county-wide library system with a main library downtown and 10 branches. A Law Library is located at the Greenville County Courthouse. More than 890,000 items are available for circulation, including films and audiovisual materials. Outreach, bookmobile and online services are available.

Relocation Info

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