Greenwood : South carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Greenwood

Greenwood is a small town of about 22,000 in northwest South Carolina.  There is a very large lake and 2 small colleges in the area, including Lander University.  The town hosts several important festivals during the year. Picture of Greenwood County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and change-of-venue, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/ .

Where to Retire in Greenwood and Home Prices

There is at least 1 active adult community in the area (see link at top left).  According to Zillow, the median home value was $160,050 in early 2022.


What Is Special about Greenwood

The Festival of Flowers in June and the South Carolina Festival of Discovery in July.

What Is Not Special about Greenwood

Greenwood is a  fairly small town in a remote area of the state. The crime rate is very high.

Who Will Like Retirement in Greenwood

This is a quiet area of the state near mountains and lakes, so people looking for that will like living in Greenwood.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Park Seed Corporation is one of many employers in Greenwood. Sykes Enterprises announced plans in 2009 to add 250 jobs in Greenwood.

Climate and Physical Environment

Greenwood is located in northwest South Carolina. The average July high temperature is 91  and the average January low is 30. The wettest month is January (5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Festival of Discovery and Festival of Flowers are evidence of the effort made to revitalize the town of Greenwood. Lander University and its 3,000 students provide other cultural opportunities.


The crime rate is very high in Greenwood. reports that the crime index is 751 in Greenwood vs. the U.S. average of 319.

Medical Facilities

Self Regional Healthcare is a surprisingly large hospital with many advanced centers such as those for cancer, neurosurgery, and heart disease.


The nearest large airport is 60 miles away in Greenville, SC.  Greenwood is below average in walkability when compared to other towns.


Valuable Links

Visit Greenwood

What people are saying about Greenwood

Crime rate in Greenwood
This was a comment we received: I am concerned about your statement that the crime rate is Greenwood is "very high". Are you using the city population and then using all the crime in both county and city? I also am interested in knowing where you got the population of 22,000 people that live in Greenwood. This may be the population in the City but if you add the County population you will come up with 70,000 plus. I owuld certainly appreciate that you revisit the population and crime and correct your site. -- Here was our response: reports that the crime index in Greenwood is 751 vs. the national average of 319. There was only 1 reported murder but a considerable number of other reported crimes.
Posted by admin on December 13, 2010

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