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Greenville has a rich history of diverse living environments and neighborhood identity, and offers housing options within traditional older neighborhoods, historic districts, suburban areas or the heart of a bustling downtown. In the past ten years (1996-2006), Greenville experienced over $140 million in new single family esidential construction and an additional $134 million in renovations in the City’s older neighborhoods. The city’s downtown is experiencing a boom in new housing development as the demand increases for urban living. New housing construction in the downtown area are now averaging more than $200 per square foot. Currently planned residential development projects offer a price points ranging from $65,000 to over $500,000 for individuals and families of all income levels.

Greenville is served by the School District of Greenville County, the largest public school system in the state. Eight magnet academies offer unique educational opportunities at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, with distinct programs in foreign language, communication arts, pre-engineering and health professions, international studies, and science and technology. Greenville is the site of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, the state’s premier school for artistically talented high school students.
Additionally, the Greenville area is home to approximately 60 private schools ranging from K-3 to high school. There are many nationally recognized colleges and universities located within and in close proximity to Greenville.
Local colleges and universities:
Bob Jones University
Clemson University
Converse College
Furman University
Greenville Technical College
North Greenville College
Southern Wesleyan University
University of S. C. — Spartanburg
Wofford College

medical facilities
The Greenville Hospital System is the state’s most comprehensive health care provider and one of the Southeast’s leading medical facilities. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is a private, non-profit health care system, with patient satisfaction ratings among the highest in the nation.


Greenville’s moderate climate offers a full change of seasons. The average annual temperature is 59 degrees F with an average rainfall of 50.45 inches and an average snowfall of 1.20 inches per year.

Average January minimum…….35.1F
Average July maximum…………..96.8 F
Days with maximum of 90 F or above…………..36.2
Days with minimum of 32 F or below……………65.7

entertainment & culture
Greenville’s award winning downtown is the arts and entertainment epicenter for the Upstate South with live entertainment ranging from ballet and symphony to minor league baseball. Local theater companies provide intimate settings for performances, while the Peace Center for the Performing Arts hosts major productions on three performance stages including an outdoor amphitheater. The BI-LO CENTER seats 17,000 and hosts athletic events as well as major concerts and family entertainment. The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery offers one of the most recognized collections of religious artwork in the nation, including works by such artists as Dolci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titan and Van Dyck. The nationally recognized Greenville County Art Museum has an exquisite collection as well. Click here for more information on entertainment and culture.

Also located in Greenville is the Palmetto Expo Center, one of the largest exposition facilities in the southeast with 368,000 square feet of exhibit space in four halls. The Palmetto Expo Center is a popular regional destination for corporate meetings, tradeshows, banquets, and special events.

Greenville is known for its outdoor entertainment which include Jazz Concerts, Farmer’s Markets, and Moonlight Movies along the River.

Within the City of Greenville are 39 parks, playgrounds and recreation centers which include bike/jogging trails, miniature golf course, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, playground structures, picnic shelters and ball fields for a total of 452 acres of park space. For additional information on things to do and see in Greenville, click here.

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