Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and surrounding cities and towns in South Carolina are known collectively as the “Upstate,” or “Upcountry area.” Strategically positioned between Atlanta and Charlotte, the region is a major destination.
Surrounding towns in the Upstate SC region are Greer, Clemson and Gaffney, along with the smaller municipalities of Greenwood, Powdersville, Seneca, Travelers Rest, Mauldin, Easley, Simpsonvile and Fountain Inn.
The Upstate lifestyle appeals to all ages and offers business opportunities, very low taxes, culture and entertainment, more than 20 institutions of higher learning, excellent health care and outdoor recreation for an active community. Shoppers frequent boutique shops, antiques, one-of-a-kind specialty stores or outlet shopping at the popular Gaffney Premium Outlets.
Greenville is the largest city in the region with an estimated population of 61,000. The urban city is frequently given high marks for its livability factors, including being fun, cool and affordable. With more than 300 annual events, Greenville leads the region in hosting visitors.
Cultural, entertainment, and community events in the downtown Greenville area attract over 2.6 million visits annually. Restaurants, wine bars, gastro pubs, businesses and shops keep visitors downtown. The pedestrian city is a model of successful downtown revitalization efforts.
Attractions and events to see in Greenville include the Artisphere festival to celebrate the arts, Euphoria food and wine festival, and Dark Corner Distillery for local moonshine. Cultural venues are prominent in downtown Greenville from the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Bob Jones University Art Gallery, the Greenville County Art Museum, the Museum and Gallery at Heritage Green and the Upcountry History Museum.
Spartanburg has an active arts community with exceptional college art galleries, the Spartanburg Music Trail and the Chapman Cultural Center for theatre, ballet, and other performances. South Carolina’s first “Bike Friendly Town” provides bicycles for rent to get around the city.
Oconee County assets are often found outdoors. The county has 44 waterfalls, three lakes, and beautiful state and county parks. Day trip ideas include Stumphouse Tunnel in Walhalla, boat tours of Lake Joacassee, the Blue Ridge Arts Center and wine tasting at Chattooga Belle Farm.
Neighboring Anderson is known for its vibrant downtown filled with shops, restaurants, outdoor art and lively cultural scene. Agri-business is thriving and the county has farms and creameries that supply fresh local foods and produce.
Family fun is easy with parks and lakes for outdoor recreation and sports. Popular trails are the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail that runs through Travelers Rest, and the Cottonwood Trail, a 118-acre nature preserve with more than five miles of trails. Hot air balloon rides attract thousands for the “Freedom Aloft” festival in Simpsonville.
Sports complexes and recreation parks hold world-class baseball and softball tournaments. Collegiate sports at area schools have wide community and regional support. The town of Clemson triples in size during football season.
The region’s business climate revolves heavily around the automotive industry. Automotive giant BMW, located in Greer, has made the region an automotive hub for support industries such as Michelin in Greenville. Other large scale business include Amazon, General Electric and Siemens. Financial services, technology, manufacturing, retail and hospitality industries are also thriving industries in the Upstate region.
Upstate health care covers every need. AnMed Health Medical Center, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greer Memorial Hospital, Gaffney Medical Center, Cannon Hospital, and Oconee Medical Center offer convenience and excellent medical care for residents.
Students in K-12 attend public and private schools in Spartanburg, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, and surrounding counties. Higher education choices are many and include Bob Jones University, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Clemson University, Converse College, Wofford College, Anderson College, Erskine College, Furman College, Greenville Technical Community College, Spartanburg Community College, Presbyterian College, Limestone College, and others.
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