Personally I think the violent crime rating is a bit high. When I watch the news each night almost every crime is in Spartanburg or Anderson - not Greenville. There are definitely high crime areas, as you have in most cities, but I know I very rarely ever see any hint of it - if ever. The downtown area is very clean and newly rejuvenated. I have lived in Charleston SC, Georgia, and also right outside of DC and I have to say I love it here the most. I've been here for 5 years and have no intentions of leaving. Yes SC schools aren't the best, but the upstate schools are the best in the state if you're determined to live in SC. As a graduate of Hillcrest High, I was very impressed by the high level of morals and Christian presence that was still available in the school setting while I attended (just a few years ago). Out of 3 high schools I attended in different large cities, none other could match it.