city of greenville living
Quality of Life
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 single family residential construction and an additional
$117 million in renovations in the City’s neighborhoods. The city's downtown
continues to grow with new housing development as the demand increases for urban
living. The Downtown area offers a wide range of housing options from single-family detached homes to condos and apartments with price ranges that appeal to families and individuals of all income levels.
Greenville is served by the School District of Greenville County, the largest public
school system in the state. Eleven magnet academies offer unique educational opportunities
at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, with distinct programs in foreign
language, communication arts, pre-engineering and health professions, international
studies, and science and technology. Greenville is the site of the Governor's School
for the Arts and Humanities, the state’s premier school for artistically talented
high school students. It is located in downtown Greenville overlooking Falls Park.
Additionally, the Greenville area is home to approximately 60 private schools ranging
from K-3 to high school. There are many nationally recognized colleges and universities
located within and in close proximity to Greenville. Local colleges and universities:
Local Colleges and Universities:
Bob Jones University
Brown Mackie College
Southern Wesleyan University
University of S. C. --
Virginia College - Greenville Campus
The Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center
is the state’s most comprehensive health care provider and one of the Southeast’s
leading medical facilities. The highly-trained physicians and medical staff at GHS
provide the most comprehensive and innovative treatment in the area. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is a private, non-profit
health care system, with patient satisfaction ratings among the highest in the nation.
The following services are offered in its facilities and locations in Greenville
County: breast health center; cancer care; diabetes services; heart care; homecare;
imaging and diagnostics; obstetrics; hospice; orthopedic and spine care; palliative
care; rehabilitation; sleep center; sports medicine and surgical care.
Greenville's moderate climate offers a full change of seasons. The average annual
temperature is 60 degrees F with an average rainfall of 49 inches and an average
snowfall of less than six inches per year.
Entertainment & Culture
Greenville’s award winning downtown is the arts
and entertainment epicenter for the Upstate South Carolina region
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.
The BI-LO CENTER 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
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Also located in Greenville is the TD Convention Center, one of the largest exposition facilities
in the southeast with 340,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting 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 includes Jazz and Rock 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.
The Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail is a 13.55 mile walking/biking trail
that runs along the Reedy River connecting Travelers Rest with the City of Greenville.
The Northern end of the trail is located across from the North Greenville Medical campus of
the Greenville Hospital System and the Southern end is located at Greenville Tech
in the City of Greenville.