I came across this article on Greenville and thought the author, Clay Pitsenbarger, had a great "take" on this city that I love to call home!
Greenville, SC - Why You Should Consider Visiting & Living There
If you're running out of things to do in Charlotte, then why not consider checking out Greenville, SC, which is only a 2 hour drive away?
If you're living in the Carolinas or nearby Atlanta, then you've probably heard about the fast growing city of Greenville, SC. It's the largest and fastest growing city in the Upstate SC region, which is the fastest growing region in SC.
Depending on the sources you follow, you may've heard about Greenville's buyer-friendly housing market, renowned museums, bike paths and tours, Sterling School (one of the top rated elementary/middle schools in the nation), family friendly living, and mild weather during the spring, fall and winter months.
If all of that sounds great to you, then you may have found your new home. Read on to get a breakdown of all the important parts of visiting and living in Greenville, SC.
The Housing Market
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Greenville falls below the national and state unemployment average of 3.9%.
A city with lower unemployment is a city with more demand for real estate. More demand results in more robust real estate prices.
The real estate data reflects this. Since 2013, the average sales price of homes in Greenville has steadily increased every year. This is in conjunction with the increasing population size. So, now is the time to buy.
Another source confirms this with some raw data. For example, the average home price of $201,051 for houses sold in 2016 rose to $218,257 in 2017.
However, you should still find an agent with experience buying homes in your desired neighborhood and within your budget.
Great Schools In Greenville, SC There are 62 primary and secondary schools in Greenville.
Sterling is one of Greenville's schools for highly gifted students. It runs two programs, one for elementary and the other a center for the gifted students. There are 746 students there.
The public schools in Greenville are part of the Greenville County School District. The higher scoring Anderson 01 School District is also nearby. Scoring is based on a comparison of the test results throughout the state.
There are many top rated schools located in Greenville's suburbs of Simpsonville and Mauldin.
Top Elementary Schools
· Sterling in Greenville
· Monarch elementary in Simpsonville
· Oakview in Simpsonville
· Rudolph Gordon in Simpsonville
Top Middle Schools
· Mauldin Middle School in Simpsonville
· Riverside Middle School near Greer
Top High Schools
· Mauldin High in Mauldin
As for which particular school, I would suggest that you research the other schools as well. You should also talk to the principal when you get the chance so you would get a feel of the school personally.
Greenville, SC Main Attractions
The first place you should visit in Greenville, SC coming from Atlanta or Charlotte is the Falls Park on the Reedy. Just like the name implies, you can find beautiful falls there, surrounded by trails with tour guides and beautiful gardens.
The falls are a great place to start your journey in Greenville, SC. It leads right into Main Street where you can find all kinds of international restaurants. It's also close to the Greenville zoo.
And speaking of food, Greenville SC is an emerging food hub in the south. Main Street has more than 110 restaurants (mostly local owned) in a one and a half mile stretch.
Greenville, SC has entertainment venues for everyone to enjoy. If you enjoy music, you can go to a concert at the Peace Center. If you're a sports fan, you can watch sporting events at the Flour Field at the West End.
In summary, Greenville, SC is one of the best economically growing Southern cities in the US for food lovers, families, and nature lovers who are looking for good home buying opportunities.
For more things to do in Greenville, you should check this comprehensive list of 101 things to do in Greenville, SC.