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With all Greenwood has to offer, many retirees have already discovered one of the “best kept secrets” of South Carolina.
Greenwood’s collaborative community spirit, mild climate, excellent healthcare, exciting cultural arts programs, and affordable cost of living are just a few of the amenities which make the area a prime location for those searching for the perfect retirement location. While picturesque lakes and gently rolling landscapes provide a beautiful rural setting for residents, Greenwood is only a few hours’ drive from both the mountains and the coast as well as several major metropolitan areas.
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A Mild Climate With Distinct Seasons
When a native New Yorker decided to leave Seneca Falls for a mellower climate, he still wanted to enjoy all four seasons, and find a lake with a shoreline that would NOT be subject to the dictates of the Corps of Engineers. He found all that and more in Greenwood, including much lower taxes as a bonus. The City of Greenwood now boasts a thriving population of over twenty-two thousand people.
Economic Growth and Expansion
Wondrous natural beauty surrounds the community, which is nestled in the Piedmont region of western South Carolina. At the same time, Greenwood city and county also are known for a progressive approach to economic growth and expansion, outstanding community leadership and a strong commitment to preserve the cultural heritage and environmental quality of the area. Once a railroad town, Greenwood is now a corporate headquarters for Greenwood Mills, Fuji Film North America and Capsugel, a division of Pfizer. The County is also home to multi-national companies including, Colgate Palmolive, Solutia, Eaton, Velux and Tyco Healthcare. In the area of workforce recruiting, The Greenwood Chamber Of Commerce has as one of its strongest priorities to increase availability of job candidates with certifiable skills.
Local Attractions and Activities
Greenwood's attractions include an 11,400-acre recreational Lake Greenwood, rolling hills, Revolutionary War battlegrounds like Star Fort, and even Emerald Farm goat milk soap factory and natural food store - now a major attraction for tourists. From The Master's Golf Tournament in nearby Augusta to the professional productions at the Peace Center in nearby Greenville, you can set the tempo of your personal life on high.
Quality Of Life Balanced With Affordable Cost Of Living
Like the rest of South Carolina, housing here is extremely affordable! Lake homes are some of the most expensive and those on average sell from the mid 200's to the 500's. Even better, if you are willing to be across the road from the lake, or in a lakefront community offering lake access, you can buy a brand-new 4-5 bedroom home with over 2,500 square feet to roam around in for less than $300,000. If you prefer an upscale golf course or gated community in town, you'll have plenty to choose from, with homes starting in the low $200's. No matter what your preference, you will find something to suit you here!
Uptown Greenwood remains, as always, the heart of Greenwood, South Carolina.
Hailed as the widest Main Street in the world, Uptown pleases the eye with open spaces and lovely scenic landscaping. Uptown's unique and attractive Arcade and green awnings further distinguish and enhance the wonderfully pleasing "experience" of Uptown Greenwood, including the Community Theatre. Uptown truly offers something for everyone. Unique shops are scattered throughout the Uptown area offering everything from greeting cards, candy, and bath items, to exquisite crystal, fine jewelry, quality clothing, and exceptional home furnishings. Restaurants located in Uptown Greenwood offer a delightful array of tasty choices sure to please every appetite and make for an exceptional dining experience.
South Carolina has long been considered the crown of American culture because of its beauty, beaches, mountains and wonderful climate. If South Carolina is the crown, then Greenwood is the main jewel of the crown!
Location, Location, Location
Greenwood is easily accessible to Atlanta and Charlotte as well as Charleston and Asheville, our small town offers all the necessities of the big city in a true Southern setting. Home to state of the art healthcare facilities at Self Regional and the sophisticated shopping and dining of Uptown Greenwood.Greenwood is convenient to both Greenville Regional Airport as well as Columbia International Airport. Even better, Lake Greenwood is just a few hours from South Carolina's scenic coastline and beaches, major metropolitan areas, and the mountains.
Exceptional Educational Institutions
Greenwood is also home to Lander University and Peidmont Technical College. And it is within a hours drive to both Clemson University and the University Of South Carolina. Our exceptional location and educational institutions and resources encourage you to reach for higher goals at every stage of life, with local campuses or distance learning offering a wide array of courses and skills to build on for the future.
Small Town Charm
There's something special here in upstate South Carolina and Greenwood is right at the heart of it all. While the rest of America talks about finding quality of life, people in Greenwood relish theirs. Our gentle lifestyle with its unhurried pace and strong community connections blends, leading the rat race and stepping outside of it to nurture one's soul. Greenwood County has everything you're looking for when it comes to the golden wish list for your leisure-filled years. Greenwood County is the perfect place to retire. Whichever pace you choose.. live a little. Or a lot. ... but somewhere in Greenwood, there's easily a front porch waiting with a cool glass of iced tea and a hammock calling your name' Come home to Greenwood.