Greenville is a great option to consider when you are scouting for best places to live in South Carolina.
Greenville is located east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate South Carolina, a lush, rolling midpoint between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Greenville County is home to the fastest-growing population in Upstate South Carolina. Greenville County has grown at a rate of 14% since 2010, and had an estimated 2019 population of 523,542. It is also the largest county in the Upstate with a total area of 795 square miles, of which 785 sq. mi is land and 9.7 sq. mi is water.
The cities in Greenville County include Greenville, Fountain Inn, Greer, Simpsonville, Mauldin, and Travelers Rest. Its county seat is Greenville – a bustling city with so many offerings.
Comparison of selected peer counties within South Carolina
The illustration below compares Greenville County with other selected peer counties within South Carolina: Spartanburg County, Richland County, and Charleston County.
Greenville County has experienced a population growth increase of 14% since 2010, which is equal to that of Charleston County and significantly higher than Spartanburg County and Richland County. Compared to its peers, Greenville County has the largest average household size of 2.58 people.
Greenville County is one of South Carolina’s most affordable places to live. The average family can afford a nice home in just about any of its suburbs.
According to a 2016 affordable housing study, the median home value in Greenville County in 2016 was $165,900, while the median monthly rent was $798. Popular neighborhoods in Greenville County were in and around the city of Greenville and the county’s East side.
Greenville County is home to the largest school system in South Carolina and 44th largest district in the nation – Greenville County School District. It has 101 schools and centers.
Greenville has several colleges including Furman University and Bob Jones University. It also convenient to South Carolina’s second largest university – Clemson University. The County has the third-highest percentage of people with a graduate or professional degree at 11.3% and 31% with an associate or bachelor degree.
Greenville County plays a significant role in the Upstate economy. The county holds nearly 40% of the total jobs in the Upstate region.
In 2018, there were approximately 245,000 jobs in Greenville County. The top employment sectors are financial, education, health care, public services, and manufacturing. The major employment hubs include Downtown Greenville, the Haywood Road area, South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SC-TAC), and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).
Greenville county has the third-highest share of white collar employment, the second-highest share of blue collar employment, and is tied for the lowest share of service industry employment.
Parks and Recreation
There many recreational opportunities in Greenville County with lakes, rivers, and mountains as our backyard. Overall, the county is home to 2,000 acres of parklands, a figure which includes state, municipal, and county-owned properties.
State parks within Greenville county include Paris Mountain State Park, Jones Gap State Park, and Caesars Head State Park.
Greenville County Recreation manages over 55 parks and recreation facilities across the county.
These facilities include Cedar Shoals Park, MESA Soccer Complex, and Pleasant Ridge Park. Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile multi-use greenway that connects the cities of Travelers Rest and Greenville along the Reedy River corridor is also managed by the Greenville County Recreation.
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Cost of Living
The median household income in Greenville County was $53,739 in 2017, which makes Greenville County the seventh-highest county for median household income in South Carolina. It is almost $5,000 more than the state median, but still less than the national same-year figure.
Hypothetically speaking, if you live in a household that brings in $50,000 annually, you can afford a house anywhere in the county. If your household only brings half of that, you can afford to rent.
The cost of living overall in Greenville County is 92.2, relatively lower than the national average of 100.
Nerdwallet has a great calculator that helps you compare the cost of living between two cities. Use their calculator so you can estimate the purchasing power of your salary if you relocate to Greenville. Click here to use their Cost of Living Calculator.
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