About the Upstate of South Carolina
If you're buying a home, selling your home or relocating to Greater Greenville area, the following information, resources and tools will help to guide your decision. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at (864) 288-MIKE (6453).
Greenville County is the largest county in the Upstate area of South Carolina. Within Greenville County are several municipalities including the cities of Greenville, Greer, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Travelers Rest, Woodmont, Fountain Inn and the unincorporated areas of Taylors, Tigerville, Slater – Marietta, Cleveland, Berea, and Blue Ridge. Greenville County also shares some cities with Spartanburg County such as Greer and Landrum. The estimated population of Greenville County as of 2018 was 515,000.
Greenville County was largely a textile manufacturing area for a very long time. Some of the largest fabric facilities in the United States were located in the Greenville area until the 1960’s. Today Greenville is the fastest growing county in South Carolina and the booming economy is far more diverse. Manufacturing now centers around cars and technology. The area is home to the North American headquarters for companies such as Michelin, Hitachi, and BMW. Other companies with strong presences in Greenville County include Lockheed Martin, 3M, Honeywell, PRISMA Healthcare, General Electric, Duke Energy, Fluor Corporation, Sealed Air and many others.
Greenville is a terrific community to live and work in. The average age is 38.4 and wage growth is strong in the area. The area has been rated in the Top 5 – 10 of several major publications for a low cost of living, job availability, wage increase and activities. From the rejuvenated downtowns of Travelers Rest, Greer and Greenville to the beautiful Paris Mountain State Park and hiking trails of Caesars Head Mountain and the moderate home prices, Greenville County is a GREAT place to call home.
The city of Greer is located on the county line between Greenville and Spartanburg counties. The city has an estimated population of 32,000 citizens. Located near the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport, Greer is the home to BMW’s only North American manufacturing facility and to the South Carolina Inland Port. BMW currently employs an estimated 12,000 employees and is the hub of many other companies that are located in the Upstate as suppliers for BMW and others.
Greer features an energetic revitalized downtown community with plenty of home, shops and restaurants within walking distance. Greer Legion Field is home to American Legion Post 115’s Senior Legion and Junior Legion teams. Both teams are highly successful on the field and more importantly, they represent our veterans and our community well. The Greer Recreation Department operates sports teams across all youth age levels in football, baseball, softball, soccer, cheerleading and wrestling. Adult sports are offered in softball, tennis and basketball.
Greer has a strong parks department that create and maintain venues such as City Park, Century B, Center for the Arts, Legion Field and Kids Planet. It is a terrific place for families or singles, young and old alike.
Travelers Rest, SC
Located in the northern part of Greenville County, Travelers Rest (or T R as the natives call it) is home to the northernmost section of the Greenville Swamp Rabbit Trail. The trail is a biking / walking trail that goes from Travelers Rest to the Conestee Park area of southern Greenville. The trail is over 22 miles in length and designed strictly for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
The population of Travelers Rest is estimated at 5500 on 2019. The downtown area has been revitalized and features terrific local restaurants, Farmers Market, Library and quaint locally owned shops. Any trip to T R is not complete without a stop at Upcountry Provisions for a sandwich or Farmhouse Tacos. While in town, stop by Sunrift Adventures to see the latest in kayaks or canoes for the season. When the doors for Sunrift first opened in 1980, it was obvious the store and it’s adventurers would be a landmark in T R for years to come.
Travelers Rest is one of the faster growing areas of Greenville County. As the population continues to evolve, the area has become home to a large segment of the young executives that work in downtown Greenville or work from home. New construction homes and remodels are creating a hot bed of growth in the real estate market.
Located on the southern side of Greenville County, Simpsonville is a fast growing area due to the convenient location. A short, 20 minute drive takes you to downtown Greenville or Greenville Spartanburg International Airport. The area is home to large farms, single family communities and other types of housing. Simpsonville’s population has risen from approximately 14,300 in 2000 to over 25,000 in 2019.
As you arrive in downtown Simpsonville, you are welcomed by the clock tower that has watched over the downtown area since 1989. Interstate I-385 connects Simpsonville to Greenville when headed north and I-26 to Columbia going south. The community is home to Heritage Park, which features an open air amphitheater, baseball / softball complex, miniature train and miles of walking trails. Heritage Park hosts tournament baseball and softball teams from across North America to it’s events. The amphitheater hosts world renowned entertainers for music and the arts.
Simpsonville’s downtown area is charming with local shops and restaurants lining the streets. It really is the perfect blend of times gone by with modern convenience.
The first homesteaders settled in the Landrum area in 1760. The city of Landrum, SC was founded in 1880 and is located in northern Spartanburg county. Landrum features a vibrant downtown area filled with retail shops and restaurants within walking distances. A favorite place of ours is the Hare and Hound located on the main corner of Main St. The food is awesome and the service is even better. Stop in for a sandwich, a steak or a cold brew.
Landrum is home to a terrific equestrian community and farms dot the landscape. Both large and small farms are found here and the horse business is thriving. Located just a short drive from the Tryon International Equestrian Center, this area is perfect for those that love horses and enjoy riding or competing.
From the beauty of the countryside to the quaint but thriving downtown area, Landrum is the ideal place to put down roots. You won't regret making Landrum your new hometown.
Campobello, SC is one of the smallest towns in the United States. The population for the 2010 census was 504 and while it's grown a bit, Campobello remains a quaint little peace of heaven on earth. If you enjoy a great round of golf, then check out The Links of Tryon Golf course. The course is a challenging outing of links style golf. The course is a par 72 and designed to be played between 5079 yards and 6877 yards depending on your tee choice.
Conveniently located off scenic Highway 11 at the edge of Greenville county, Campobello features easy access to travel via Highway 14, Highway 11 and Interstate 26. It is a short ride to downtown Spartanburg, Asheville and downtown Greenville. Campobello is a terrific place to call home.