Greenwood : South carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Greenwood

Greenwood is a small town of about 22,000 in northwest South Carolina. Lake Greenwood is a very large lake here that attracts retirees who want to live in this very affordable part of the state. Two small colleges in the area, including Lander University. The town hosts several important festivals during the year. There are several large active adult communities in the area. Picture of Greenwood County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and change-of-venue, photo of Vance Maxwell House by Bill Fitzpatrick, also 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) that are located on Lake Greenwood's 212 mile shoreline. According to Zillow, the median home value was $160,050 in early 2022, but homes in these active communities will be higher.


What Is Special about Greenwood

The Festival of Flowers in June and the South Carolina Festival of Discovery in July are big attractions. Lake Greenwood State Park was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The area around Greenwood is locally billed as the "Lakelands", due to several lakes for recreational fishing and diverse terrain for hiking trails.

What Is Not Special about Greenwood

Greenwood is a  fairly small town in a remote area of the state.

Who Will Like Retirement in Greenwood

This is a quiet area of the state near mountains and lakes. Retirees who are looking for lakeside living with golf and other amenities in an active community will like living in Greenwood.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Park Seed Corporation is one of many employers in Greenwood. Sykes Enterprises is another. Retirees moving here contribute to the economy.

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 the town of Greenwood compared to other small towns. The rate of crime in Greenwood is 30.05 per 1,000 residents during a standard year. According to people consider the southwest part of town the safest. Retirees living in one of the lakeside communities will feel safe.

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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