The cities of Greenville and Spartanburg, or Upstate SC, are conveniently located between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Upstate is the fastest growing region of South Carolina. Greenville has gained recognition in various national publications such as CNN Money, which ranked Greenville as one of the “Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.” Bloomberg named Greenville the 3rd Strongest Job Market, 2010; and Forbes named Greenville the 13th Best City for Young Professionals. Greenville also earned the No. 3 slot by Condé Nast Traveler’s “The Best Small Cities in the US” in 2017. In addition, Greenville was the 4th fastest growing city in the United States between 2015 and 2016, as ranked by the Census Bureau. Numerous financial institutions have regional offices located in the Greenville area. Some other major industries of commerce in the Upstate include the auto industry and healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
Upstate SC abounds with natural resources and recreational opportunities. There are many lakes and rivers to choose from for boating, rafting and fishing. State parks, national monuments, heritage preserves and designated wilderness areas that accommodate hiking, camping and horseback riding. With over 30 waterfalls and close to 40 golf courses in the area, there is an outdoor activity for everyone. Greenville’s downtown serves as the focal point of the region, attracting new business and hosting an emerging culinary scene. A low cost of living and mild temperatures year-round make the Upstate SC area desirable to many.