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Why Greenville, SC is the Fastest Growing City in the US

Why Greenville, SC is the Fastest Growing City in the US

The Statistics Tell it All

The city of Greenville is the county seat of Greenville County. The city’s population is 64,579 as of 2015. Greenville is the 3rd largest urban area in South Carolina. The median family income is $56,035. The estimated home and condo value for 2015 is $205,591., and the average sale price for a home or condo is around the $205,000. mark. Finally, the percentage of people over the age of 25 living in Greenville with a Bachelor’s Degree is 41.5% of the population.

Greenville is located at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The climate of Greenville has four distinct seasons, and for the Snowbirds, winter is short and generally cool, but not cold. The average winter temperature is 42 degrees. The average snowfall is 4.7 inches, and the spring and fall are delightful with the summer months being often hot and humid.

Education is a Key Piece of the Puzzle

The public schools in Greenville County, of which the city of Greenville is one of the school districts, is ranked the 49th largest district in the US. The county’s budget for education is 426 million dollars, and the county employs 5200 teachers. There 14 high schools, 18 middle schools, and 50 elementary schools.

There are also private schools in Greenville County, and one of those schools is found in the city of Greenville. South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is a boarding school for young artists.

Furman University, Bob Jones University, North Greenville University, University of South Carolina Medical School, an offsite Clemson campus, and Greenville Technical College are all in Greenville.

Industry Loves Greenville

The economy is certainly one of the reasons why people are coming to Greenville. There are some great opportunities for the Millennials in Greenville, but there are some great opportunities for those who are older as well.

Early on, Greenville was lifted up for its textile industry. Recently, because of good wages and tax benefits, foreign companies have been moving to Greenville. There are a number of companies who have their North American Headquarters in Greenville and the surrounding area. Some of those companies are Michelin, AVX Corp., Ameco, CERTUSBANK, and Sandsource.  In 2003 the International Center for Automotive Research was created – CU ICAR here. When the Donaldson Air Force Base was closed, the land became available.  Lockheed Martin’s Aircraft and Logistics Center made the air force base its home. 3M is located here and so is Honeywell. GE has a manufacturing operation in Greenville as well.

And When You’re Not Working

There is much to do in Greenville and the surrounding area. Part of the attraction of this city is that it has something for everyone. There are all kinds of events that take place in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, which seats 16,000 people.

The Peace Center is a performing arts center. Live theater happens at the Warehouse Theater.  Centre Stage Greenville Professional Theater hosts the annual New Play Festival. It also hosts the Greenville Light Opera Works (GLOW), and is home to a professional operetta company, as well. The Timmons Arena which seats 6,000 people is a multi-purpose venue on the campus of Furman University.

Finally there is the TD Convention Center and Fluor Field at the West End which is the home of the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. I did say there is a strong NE contingent moving to Greenville, didn’t I?

Falls Park on The Reedy is a sizeable park with waterfalls and beautiful gardens. You will find Liberty Bridge here. Liberty Bridge is unique in its design and beauty. It is a much-photographed pedestrian suspension bridge over the Reedy River.

The Greenville County Museum of Art specializes in American art,  giving a Southern perspective to American art that dates back to the 18th century. It also has a contemporary collection of works by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’ Keeffe.  Roper Mountain Science Center is found in Greenville. It boasts the 8th largest refractor telescope in the nation.

The City of Festivals

If you like festivals throughout the year, then you have come home. Greenville has all kinds of festivals spanning the entire calendar.

Euphoria Festival is a three-day culinary event that is held in three separate venues. Fall for Greenville is a three-day music and food event held in the fall. The Indie Craft Parade also takes place in the fall, September to be exact.  This festival highlights handmade local art.

Artisphere three-day art festival that is held each spring,

Imagine Upstate is a week long collection of different celebrations in the city.

In love with comic books? Big Fandom Greenville is a three-day comic book and science fiction convention each October.  SC Comicon is two-day comic book convention held annually.

Does drama float your boat? During the summer months, The Upstate Shakespeare Festival has performances of Shakespearean works and other classic plays in Falls Park. Or the New South Comedy Festival provides four days of comedy from improv, to stand up, sketch, and musical comedy delivered by comedians from around the country.

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Don’t miss the Greek Festival.  Celebrate Greek culture by enjoying the baklava and moussaka.  The festival is sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Church.

As you can see there is absolutely no reason for anyone living in Greenville to be bored and having nothing to do.

Plenty of Doctors in Greenville

Bon Secours St. Francis Health Care System is a nonprofit academic medical center made up of  seven different hospitals. Greenville Health Care Systems (GHS)  has the only Children’s hospital in the region and boasts four hospitals in its system. HealthGrades has ranked these hospitals among the best in the nation for heart surgery and orthopedic services. Greenville is also a home for a Shriners Hospital.


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  1. I lived in Greenville on and off for 17 years and it’s a terrific small town. Compared to the cities I’ve lived in or near (Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, NYC, and now Seattle), it’s really a livable size where you see neighbors and coworkers on Main Street or at the store.

    However, except for traffic and home prices, Seattle is far better – for the weather, natural beauty, public transit, income taxes, job opportunity, restaurants, and things to do. For my preferences, I could never go back.


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