Greenville-SC : South carolina

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What it's Like to Retire in Greenville-SC

Greenville is a fast growing town in northwest South Carolina.  Although about 60,000 people live in the city proper, the MSA area including Spartanburg approaches 1 million. Greenville has an interesting downtown and several great neighborhoods. Downtown Greenville is home to many specialty shops and boutiques. The Haywood Mall is a major mall in the area. The downtown has been the subject of intense and successful redevelopment efforts It won Great American Main Street awards from the National Trust for Historical Preservation in 2003 and 2009. The city has a diverse industrial and commercial base with manufacturing plant including Michelin. It is home to a number of colleges and technical colleges,  including Furman University and Bob Jones University. It is host to several minor league sports teams including Drive. This is a thriving community for the arts. Photo of Falls Park courtesy of Wikipedia and CantoV. The old courthouse photo courtesy of Flickr/Wikipedia and Charles Figel, and the James Duke Library from Wikipedia and Greengrass090.


Where to Retire in Greenville-SC and Home Prices

Greenville has many wonderful neighborhoods for families and people of all ages.  Some retirees are buying condos near the downtown and its 100 restaurants. It also have many developments which are suitable as active adult communities (see link at right)

Real Estate Values
Greenville is a relative bargain. According to the NAR, the median sale price of a home was $188,000 in the 2nd quarter of 2016 in the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin area, although that would be higher in many active communities or upscale neighborhoods. Property taxes on a $200,000 home is about $1,100 to $1,400 in the area.


What is special about Greenville-SC

Restored, award-winning downtown that is rated one of the best in the country.  Many colleges and universities. Wide diversity of neighborhoods to live in. Named as a great place to live by Money.CNN.


What is not special about Greenville-SC

Crime is higher than the US average but has been dropping over the last ten years, now a third less than in 2000, while the population in the area has been constantly growing. There is hardly any traffic compared to a larger size city, Interstate 385 slows down for about four miles where it crosses Interstate 85 going north at morning rush hour and south during evening rush hour. Interstate 85 slows down between Interstate 385 and route 14 (about 5 miles) during either rush hour. Woodruff Road can be brutal, especially on the weekend as this road is a major retail corridor.

Who will like retirement in Greenville-SC

People who like the idea of living in the Carolinas will be able to have an attractive lifestyle at relatively low cost. The city is conveniently located half way between Atlanta GA and Charlotte NC (about a hundred miles in either direction). The mountains are about an hour away and the coast is about 3.5 hours away. The city has a diverse population.


Local economy is driven by

Although it was once a textile capital Greenville is now home to many large foreign companies related to the automotive business. Colleges and hospitals are also important to the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Greenville is located in northwestern South Carolina about midway between Atlanta and Charlotte. The average July high is 89. The average January high is 50 and the average low is 31. The wettest month is March (5")

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Southern Exposure is an annual three day event held in the Wyche Pavilion at Larkin's on the River. Greenville County Museum of Art specializing in American art. The Warehouse Theatre and Centre Stage offer performing arts venues


The crime rate is well above the U.S. average.

Medical facilities

Bon Secours St. Francis and the Greenville Hospital System serve the Greenville area.


Greenville-Spartanburg Airport serves Greenville. There is AMTRAK service as well as bus service by the Greenville Transit Authority. Greenville has a "somewhat walkable" Walk Score of 52.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia page for Greenville

Official City Website for Greenville


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  • State: SC
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,Small-mid Sized City,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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