One of the Top Places to Retire: Greenville, SC

It is no secret that Greenville, South Carolina has been making some big headlines lately. Our city is growing more than ever before and people are certainly taking notice. Last week, Conde Nast Traveler’s Mark Ellwood shared his list of the top 5 places in the U.S. to retire while on the Today Show. At no surprise, Greenville was in the mix and this isn’t the first time. Greenville has also made “America’s Top Places for Boomers to Retire” by CNBC and AARP Magazine has dubbed it as one of the best places to “live the simple life”.

Cost of Living


One of the most attractive things about Greenville is the affordability of living. The city’s cost of living is 6% less than the state average and 9% less than the national average. As a designated foreign trade zone, Greenville has the highest level of foreign capital investment per capita in the nation. The city is home to over 250 international firms from 26 nations, including BMW and Michelin.


The healthcare available in Greenville could not be better. The Greenville Health System (GHS) offers advanced care with its six facilities in the Upstate. Within GHS, the Greenville Memorial Hospital is one of the best. It includes a Level I Trauma Center, children’s hospital, cancer center, heart institute, rehabilitation hospital, and women’s hospital. Greenville Memorial was recognized by U.S. News and World Report in their list of America’s Best Hospitals for 2009-2010. Greenville is also home to the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and the Regency Hospital of Greenville.

Location and Climate

Source: NY Times

Greenville is one of the most convenient places to live in. Located halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina, you get a small town feel but are never too far from big cities. Asheville, North Carolina and it’s beautiful mountain views are only an hour away. A quick 3.5 hour drive will put you on the breathtaking coast of Charleston, SC. The climate here is one that is hard to complain about. The average in July is a high of 89. January peaks at an average high of 50 and a low of 31.


Greenville is the place to be for sports enthusiasts. The city is home to its very own Class A minor league baseball team, the Greenville Drive. As an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the home games are held at Fluor Field, which is modeled after Fenway Park. Greenville is also home to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team. The Swamp Rabbits are an affiliate of the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack. In college sports, Greenville boasts of its Clemson Tigers and their 2016 National Championship title. Just this month, the city also hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA March Madness tournament.



Greenvillians are no strangers to shopping. The downtown area is the perfect place to window shop the many galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops. The West End Historic District is home to Greenville’s arts and entertainment and offers a variety of locally owned businesses. The Augusta Road area features many high-end clothing boutiques, health food markets, and home accessory stores. Last but not least, Haywood Road is a central location for shopping. Haywood Mall boasts of 150 stores that will guarantee a full day of shopping ’til you drop.

As you can see, there are countless reasons why people are coming from left and right to move to Greenville, South Carolina. Some of the top areas that people are moving from are Texas, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey and Virginia. With the beautiful, historic downtown area and the convenience of its location, Greenville deserves the recognition that it is receiving. We love building in this area, being a part of its community, and seeing it grow. Congratulations (again) Greenville!

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