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Pros

-Diverse economy
-Cost of living
-Nearby recreation

Cons

-Hot, humid summers
-Crime rates
-Low educational attainment


What Bert Has To Say About Spartanburg Metro Area


Spartanburg is the prosperous business and commercial center of the old metro area triad Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson. For many years mainly a textile milling and agriculture center, the economy has made the turn to bring in more new-economy businesses, as well as strengthen the old ones. Spartanburg is still a major center for agriculture processing and shipping, most particularly peaches and other orchard fruit. Most of the textile mills are gone, but it still remains the headquarters of textile leader Milliken, which also operates a research facility in the city.

The addition of a BMW plant in nearby Greer brought a lot of smaller businesses supporting that operation, and a large Michelin plant has also located there. Spartanburg offers a business-friendly environment with skilled low-cost labor and a very low cost of living profile. Downtown is fairly plain but accessible; those looking for a more interesting downtown experience might go to Greenville, 15 miles west. Greenville is also the entertainment and cultural center of the area. There is plenty of outdoor recreation in the mountains to the north and lake areas to the west, and Charlotte offers a lot that might not be present locally.

The Southern Appalachians rise gradually to the northwest of Spartanburg, which itself is in an area of flat to gently rolling agricultural land. The climate is a mix of subtropical and continental. Summers are warm and humid with thunderstorms, the elevation and mountains can provide some summer evening cooling. The mountains usually protect the area from the brunt of winter, giving only occasional below-freezing daytime temperatures. Rainfall is abundant and spread throughout the year. There are usually a few small snowfalls and an occasional ice storm or spell of freezing rain.


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Quick Facts About Spartanburg


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Spartanburg is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Spartanburg jobs have Increased by 1.49 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Spartanburg's cost of living is 16.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Spartanburg's population is 37,333 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -8.03 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Spartanburg is $82,900. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.00 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Spartanburg public schools spend $9,787 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 9 students per teacher in Spartanburg.

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Quality of life
We live in School Dis. 2 in Spartanburg. Spartanburg metro covers a large area These comments are about Spartanburg as a metro and not about any one spot. Like every... (read more)
Clear up issues
One must be very careful when looking at data with regards to Spartanburg and other cities in S.C. because of very tough annexation laws you have to look at a metro... (read more)
Great place to live
Spartanburg is a metro area of almost 300,000 people. It has over 2% of all investment from outside the U.S. It has healthcare that most cities of one million or more... (read more)
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