Greenville is located in the northwestern
corner of the state of South Carolina. Greenville
and the surrounding areas, situated at the
foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, are
commonly referred to as the Upstate.
· Easily accessible from Interstate
highways 85, 185, and 385, and U.S. highways
25, 123, 29, 276.
· Centrally located between Atlanta,
GA and Charlotte, NC, and between Miami, FL
and New York, NY.
· In terms
of domestic product, the Southeast is the
fourth largest economic region in the nation.
· South Carolina is an “employment
at will” state, with less than 1% of county
residents members of a union.
· Several sites in the Upstate are designated foreign
trade zone areas, and boasts the highest level
of foreign capital investment per capita in
the nation, and is home to more than 250 international
firms from 26 nations, including BMW
· Greenville maintains a low unemployment
rate (6.9% as of 2007). Click
here to view wage data.
· Greenville maintains a Standard and
Poor’s AA+ bond rating, (AAA for the county),
and has imposed no city millage increase since
1993 or no tax anticipation note since 1996
to meet short-term cash needs.
· Major Businesses: Perrigo Company
of South Carolina, Greenville Hospital System,
Fluor Corporation, Ernst and Young, IBM, Charter
Dunlop Slazenger Group, Liberty Corporation,
Greenville News Piedmont, Bank of America
and Central Carolina Bank.
Over $200 million in annual private construction
investment for the last three years.
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building permit data.
Over $5.5 billion in gross business sales.
92.5% office occupancy rate in the Central
Business District, with a steady increase
over the past seven years.
Over $4.8 billion in total taxable property value.
Population: 56,002 (26,506 males, 29,496 females).
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view population chart.
Population over the age of 18: 20,828 males,
Median age: 34.6 years.
Number of households: 24,000.
Median household annual income: $33,144.
Average household annual income: $52,039.
Per Capita annual income: $23,242.
Labor force: 35,000.
The MSA area work force has doubled in the
last ten years to more than 400,000.
quality of life
Greenville offers a moderate climate with
a full change of seasons.
Average annual temperature: 59 F
Average rainfall: 50.45 in
Average snowfall: 1.20 in
Average January minimum 35.1 F
Average July maximum 96.8 F
Greenville’s public school system is the largest
in the state, and includes eight magnet academies
for special study at the elementary, middle,
and high school levels.
Over nine colleges and universities are located
in and within close proximity of Greenville.
The Greenville Hospital System is the state’s
most comprehensive health care provider and
one the Southeast’s leading medical facilities.
Greenville is the cultural and entertainment
center for the Upstate, including an award
winning downtown, a major performing arts
center, a 17,000 seat arena, a 368,000 square
foot exhibition center, nationally recognized
museum collections, and 39 parks, playgrounds
and recreation centers.