About Greenville, SC
I haven't lived in Greenville, SC all my life, but I have lived here since 2003. Prior to moving to Greenville, I have lived in Michigan, Connecticut, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. I absolutely love living in Greenville, and they'd probably have to kick me out in order to get me to leave. So, why do I love it so much?
This is a broad statement, but for people relocating to Greenville, SC, I believe this has quite a bit to do with cost-of-living. It's low; lower than the vast majority of the country. It is certainly a big reason that people choose to move to Greenville. Just imagine gasoline that is typically 17-20% below the national average. How about a median sized home of 1,752 heated square feet sells for a median price of $157,000 and only have a median annual property tax bill of $1,209.70. Yes, that's per year!
Beyond cost-of-living, the job market is growing like crazy. Greenville County is home to more than 70 national and international headquarters. With names like BMW North America, Michelin North America, Fluor Daniel, GE, and TD Bank (just to name a few) having headquarters right here in the Greenville, there are certainly big things that have attracted them. The largest hospital system in the state, Greenville Hospital System, is also one of the state's largest employers.
Location, Location, Location
Imagine being 45 minutes from the mountains, 45 minutes from several large boating lakes, and only 3 hours to the beach! You can be to Charlotte in 90 minutes, or Atlanta in 180 minutes. It truly is a great location with everything ranging from apple festivals to peach orchards to 74 degrees as I'm typing this in the beginning of March!
Arts & Entertainment
Greenville, SC has tons of activities and venues. We also have plenty of outdoor activities since our climate allows it. St. Patricks Day really kicks everything off with Return to Green, an outdoor festival in Falls Park. Then beginning in March, Downtown Alive and Music on Main begin. Those events occur weekly on Thursday and Fridays in front of the Hyatt and feature beer, wine, and outdoor music right on Main Street! We also have Moonlight Movies at the Amphitheater behind the Peace Center for Performing Arts, Euphoria (a foodie festival) and Artisphere (a nationally ranked Arts Festival). Every Saturday morning from May to October, Main Street shuts down to bring TD Saturday Market to Main Street in downtown Greenville. This features more than 30 vendors offering local produce, meats, honey, and crafts!
Now this is why A LOT of people are moving here, isn't it? We get four seasons, but the not so great ones are shorter! I usually have to mow my lawn from February to November, pansies tend to make it through the winter and my daffodils bloom just after New Years! We still get some snow, but just enough to look pretty without ruining your day. Well, it might give you a day off work since almost everything closes, but it's typically gone the next morning! Our coldest month tends to be February and our average high during that month is usually right around 50 degrees.
The summers don't get too awful hot, or maybe I'm just used to it. I know just a bit further south gets pretty sweaty in Columbia, SC! Upper 80s is a pretty typical July for us, and early August can certainly see some 90 degree days.
The leaves still change in the fall, and 2013 and 2014 were the most vibrant colors I've seen in Greenville in my 12 years here.
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