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Greenville Metro Area
Profile: Mid-sized city Location: Northwest South Carolina near North Carolina border, 75 miles southwest of Charlotte, NC Elevation: 1040 Time zone: Eastern Standard Time
|Attractive downtown||Hot, humid summers|
|Strong economy||Traffic and sprawl|
|Arts and culture||Violent crime rate|
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Greenville is located in the center of an old textile and agricultural region in the mountainous northwest part of the state, known by some as “upstate” South Carolina. The relatively high altitude and view of the Appalachians to the northwest gave early Greenville regional status as a health destination, and to this day, it retains a clean and comfortable presence. The population is well educated for the region. Downtown is well maintained, vibrant, functional and historic, and of course, in a place called Greenville, lined with trees.
Arts amenities are abundant and accessible; performing arts include a recognized symphony, ballet and theater performing at the new Peace Center for the Performing Arts just off of Main Street. There are a few older mill buildings, but many have been successfully repurposed into other uses, and there is abundant quality housing close to the city, mainly north and east. Automaker BMW located its plant in nearby Greer, 7 miles east, bringing a strong economic base and making Greer an up and coming family community, albeit with some growth and sprawl issues.
The BMW plant and several other new manufacturing entities, some supporting BMW, have sprung up mostly to the east towards Spartanburg to a lesser extent west in Anderson. All have contributed to a vibrant economy and plenty of new infrastructures, and living costs are still very low. Outdoor activities are plentiful, particularly in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the north and lakes to the west. The town of Clemson 25 miles west, home of Clemson University, offers college town amenities for those interested.
Located on the eastern slope of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Greenville is in rolling country about 20 miles from the first mountain ridge and 55 miles northwest of the main ridge. The climate is a mix of subtropical and continental. The mountains usually protect the area from the full force of northern cold air.
Summers are warm and humid with thunderstorms. The elevation provides relatively cool nights during the summer months. Winters are pleasant, with below-freezing daytime temperatures only a few times a year. Rainfall is abundant and spread throughout the year. There are usually two to three small snowstorms and one to two episodes of freezing rain in winter.
Interesting Facts about Pickens County
As of 2014, Pickens County's population is 119,167 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 7.59 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Pickens County is $115,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.70 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Pickens County's cost of living is 7.30% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Pickens County public schools spend $17,485 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 12 students per teacher in Pickens County.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Pickens County is 4.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Pickens County jobs have Increased by 1.90 percent.
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Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Pickens County's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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• Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
• Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
• Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
• Homes under $250,000
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