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Greenville, South Carolina
City of Greenville
Clockwise from top left: Downtown, Furman University Bell Tower, Falls Park on the Reedy, Reedy River, Peace Center
Clockwise from top left: Downtown, Furman University Bell Tower, Falls Park on the Reedy, Reedy River, Peace Center
Official seal of Greenville, South Carolina
Official logo of Greenville, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina is located in South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Location in South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina is located in the United States
Greenville, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  South Carolina
County Greenville
Incorporated (as a village) December 17, 1831
 • City 29.92 sq mi (77.48 km2)
 • Land 29.69 sq mi (76.90 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.58 km2)  0.5%
 • Urban
320 sq mi (830 km2)
 • Metro
2,790 sq mi (7,220 km2)
984 ft (300 m)
 • City 70,720
 • Rank SC: 6th
 • Density 2,379.08/sq mi (919.63/km2)
 • Urban
400,492 (US: 93rd)
 • MSA
928,195 (US: 60th)
 • CSA
1,487,610 (US: 40th)
Demonym(s) Greenvillian
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
Area code 864
State & US gov't Representing Greenville
SC Senate (6)
• SC Senate (7)
• SC Senate (8)
Dwight Loftis (R)
Karl B. Allen (D)
Ross Turner (R)
• SC House (22)
• SC House (23)
• SC House (24)
• SC House (25)
Jason Elliott (R)
Chandra Dillard (D)
Bruce W. Bannister (R)
Leola Robinson-Simpson (D)
• US House (4) William Timmons (R)
FIPS code 45-30850
GNIS feature ID 1245842
Interstate Highways I-85.svgI-185.svg I-385.svg
U.S. Highways US 25.svgUS 29.svgUS 123.svgUS 276.svg
Waterways Reedy River, Enoree River
Airports Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport, Greenville Downtown Airport

Greenville ( locally) is a city in and the seat of Greenville County, South Carolina, United States. With a population of 70,720 as of the 2020 Census, it is the sixth-largest city in the state. Greenville is located approximately halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina along Interstate 85. Its metropolitan area also includes Interstates 185 and 385. Greenville was the fourth fastest-growing city in the United States between 2015 and 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Greenville is the center of the Upstate region of South Carolina. Numerous large companies are located within the city, such as Michelin, Prisma Health, Bon Secours, and Duke Energy. Greenville County Schools is another large employer and is the largest school district in South Carolina. Having seen rapid development over the past two decades, Greenville has also received many accolades and awards. Some of these include "The South’s Most 'Tasteful' Small Towns" from Forbes in 2020, "15 of the Most Underrated Travel Destinations of the Year, So Far" from Insider in 2019, "Best Places to Live" from Money in 2019, and "Best Place to Live in the USA #22" from U.S News and World Report in 2019. The city continues to expand rapidly into the 2020s as is evident from rapid population, economic, and developmental growth.


From Cherokee Land to Greenville County

Falls Park and McBee's Mill in 1844.

The land of present-day Greenville was once the hunting ground of the Cherokee which was forbidden to colonists. A wealthy settler from Virginia named Richard Pearis arrived in South Carolina around 1754 trading with Cherokee. Pearis had a child with a Cherokee woman and received about 100,000 acres (40,000 ha) from the Cherokee around 1770. Pearis established a plantation on the Reedy River called the Great Plains in present-day downtown Greenville. The American Revolution divided the South Carolina country between the Loyalists and Patriots. Pearis supported the Loyalists and together with their allies the Cherokee attacked the Patriots. The Patriots retaliated by burning down Pearis' plantation and jailing him in Charleston. Pearis never returned to his plantation but Paris Mountain is named after him. The Treaty of Dewitt's Corner in 1777 ceded almost all Cherokee land, including present-day Greenville, to South Carolina.

Greenville County was created in 1786 and was named for its physical appearance. However, other sources say Greenville is named after General Nathanael Greene in honor of his service in the American Revolutionary War. Lemuel J. Alston came to Greenville County in 1788 and bought 400 acres (160 ha) and a portion of Pearis' former plantation. In 1797 Alston used his land holdings to establish a village called Pleasantburg where he also built a stately mansion. Vardry McBee purchased Alston's land in 1816 who then leased the Alston mansion for a summer resort. McBee decided to make the mansion his home in 1835 until his death in 1864. Considered to be the father of Greenville, McBee donated land for many structures such as churches, academies and a cotton mill. Furman University was funded by McBee who helped bring the university to Pleasantburg from Winnsboro, South Carolina in 1851. In 1853 McBee and other Greenville County leaders funded a new railroad called the Greenville and Columbia Railroad. Pleasantburg boomed to around 1,000 in the 1850s due to the growth of McBee's donations and the attraction of the town as a summer resort for visitors. In 1831 Pleasantburg was incorporated as Greenville.

Modern Greenville

The Greenville and Northern Railway in the 1890s which was converted into the Swamp Rabbit Trail in 2010.

In December 1860 Greenville supported a convention to debate the issue of secession for South Carolina. The Greenville District sent James Furman, William K. Easley, Perry E. Duncan, William H. Campbell, and James P. Harrison as delegates for the convention. On December 20, 1860 the South Carolina state convention, along with the Greenville delegation, voted to secede from the Union. Greenville County provided over 2,000 soldiers to the Confederate States Army. The town supplied food, clothing, and firearms to the Confederacy. Greenville saw no action from the war until 1865 when Union troops came through the town looking for President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy who had fled south from Richmond, Virginia. In June 1865 Andrew Johnson appointed Greenville County native Benjamin Franklin Perry as Governor of South Carolina.

In February 1869, Greenville's town charter was amended by the S. C. General Assembly establishing Greenville, the town, as a city. Construction boomed in the 1870s such as the establishment of a bridge over the Reedy River, new mills on the river and new railroads. The Greenville News was established in 1874 as Greenville's first daily newspaper. Southern Bell installed the first telephone lines in the city. The most important infrastructure that came to the city were cotton mills. Prominent cotton mill businesses operated near Greenville making it a cotton mill town. By 1915 Greenville became known as the "Textile Center of the South."

Main Street around 1910

During World War I, Greenville served as a training camp center for Army recruits. After World War I commercial activity expanded with new movie theaters and department stores. The Mansion House was demolished and replaced with the Poinsett Hotel in 1925. The Great Depression hurt the economy of Greenville forcing mills to lay off workers. Furman University and the Greenville Women's College also struggled in the crippling economy forcing them to merge in 1933. The Textile Workers Strike of 1934 caused such an uproar in the city and surrounding mill towns that the National Guard had to subdue the chaos. The New Deal established Sirrine Stadium and a new Greenville High School. The Greenville Army Air Base was established in 1942 during World War II contributing to the further growth of Greenville.

After World War II Greenville's economy surged with the establishment of new downtown stores and the expansion of the city limits. Furman University doubled its student population and moved to a new location. Higher education facilities such as Bob Jones University in 1947 and Greenville Technical College in 1962 were established in Greenville. The Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport was established in nearby Greer in 1962. The economy of Greenville finally waned in the 1970s leaving a void in downtown Greenville due to the flight of many retailers. Mayor Max Heller revitalized downtown Greenville by establishing the Greenville County Museum of Art and the Hughes Main Library. Main Street was then converted into a two-lane road lined with trees and sidewalks.


Greenville is located at 34°50′40″N 82°23′8″W / 34.84444°N 82.38556°W / 34.84444; -82.38556 (34.844313, −82.385428), roughly equidistant between Atlanta (145 miles [233 km] southwest), and Charlotte, North Carolina (100 miles [160 km] northeast). Columbia, the state capital, is 100 miles (160 km) to the southeast.

Greenville aerial skyline
Downtown Greenville from the air

Greenville is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range, and includes many small hills. Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina, is in northern Pickens County, less than 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Greenville. Many area television and radio station towers are on Paris Mountain, the second most prominent peak in the area, 8 miles (13 km) north of downtown Greenville. According to the United States Census Bureau, Greenville has a total area of 28.8 square miles (74.6 km2), of which 28.7 square miles (74.3 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.51%, are water. The Reedy River, a tributary of the Saluda River, runs through the center of the city.

Greenville is located in the Brevard Fault Zone and has had occasional earthquakes, though they are minor.


Greenville, like much of the Piedmont region of the southeastern United States, has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with four distinct seasons; the city is part of USDA Hardiness zone 7b/8a. Winters are short and generally cool, with a January daily average of 42.2 °F (5.7 °C). On average, there are 59 nights per year that drop to or below freezing, and only 1.3 days that fail to rise above freezing. April is the driest month, with an average of 3.36 inches (85 mm) of precipitation.

Summers are hot and humid, with a daily temperature average in July of 79.9 °F (26.6 °C). There are an average 43 days per year with highs at or above 90 °F (32 °C). Official record temperatures range from 107 °F (42 °C) on July 1, 2012, down to −6 °F (−21 °C) on January 30, 1966; the record cold daily maximum is 19 °F (−7 °C) on December 31, 1917, while, conversely, the record warm daily minimum is 80 °F (27 °C) on July 12, 1937, the last of three occasions. The average window for freezing temperatures is November 4 thru April 1, allowing a growing season of 217 days.

Precipitation is generally less frequent in autumn than spring and, on average, Greenville receives 47.2 inches (1,200 mm) of precipitation annually, which is somewhat evenly distributed throughout the year, although summer is slightly wetter; annual precipitation has historically ranged from 31.08 in (789 mm) in 2007 to 72.53 in (1,842 mm) in 1908. In addition, there is an average of 4.7 inches (11.9 cm) of snow, occurring mainly from January thru March, with rare snow occurring in November or April. More frequent ice storms and sleet mixed in with rain occur in the Greenville area; seasonal snowfall has historically ranged from trace amounts as recently as 2011–12 to 21.4 in (54 cm) in 1935–36. These storms can have a major impact on the area, as they often pull tree limbs down on power lines and make driving hazardous.

Climate data for Greenville, South Carolina (Greenville–Spartanburg Int'l), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1884–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 82
Mean maximum °F (°C) 69.4
Average high °F (°C) 52.4
Average low °F (°C) 32.0
Mean minimum °F (°C) 14.6
Record low °F (°C) −6
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.82
Average snowfall inches (cm) 2.3
trace 0
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.2 9.2 9.6 9.0 9.7 10.4 11.7 10.4 8.1 7.2 8.9 9.8 114.2
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 1.2 0.7 0.3 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.4 2.8
Average relative humidity (%) 65.8 62.6 62.1 60.7 68.5 70.5 74.0 75.6 75.8 70.9 68.2 67.7 68.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 176.6 182.7 236.2 264.7 269.2 270.8 267.8 253.9 229.2 235.2 184.3 169.4 2,740
Percent possible sunshine 56 60 64 68 62 62 61 61 62 67 59 55 62
Source: NOAA (relative humidity 1962–1990, sun 1961–1990)


As the largest city in the Upstate, Greenville offers many activities and attractions. Greenville's theaters and event venues regularly host major concerts and touring theater companies. Four independent theaters present several plays a year.

Event venues

Bon Secours Wellness Arena
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena, the home of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL, is a 16,000-seat arena in downtown Greenville that opened in 1998 as the Bi-Lo Center.
  • Peace Center, a performing arts center that includes a concert hall with 2,100 seats and a theater seating 400.
  • The Warehouse Theatre, offering productions of live theater
  • Centre Stage, Greenville's Professional Theater, a year-round theater hosting the annual New Play Festival. It also hosts the Greenville Light Opera Works (GLOW), a professional operetta company.
  • Timmons Arena, a 5,000 seat multi-purpose venue on the campus of Furman University.
  • Fluor Field at the West End, home of the Greenville Drive baseball team, the Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The stadium was designed to echo many of the features of Fenway Park, home of the parent club, including a representation of Fenway's Green Monster standing 30 feet (9.1 m) high in left field.
  • TD Convention Center, a 280,000-square-foot (26,000 m2) convention and meeting facility that was established in 1964 as the newest of a series of Textile Halls, the original dating back to 1915 as the Southern Textile Exposition


Upcountry History Museum
  • Falls Park on the Reedy, a large regional park in the West End with gardens and several waterfalls, with access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Dedicated in 2004, the $15.0 million park is home to the Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge overlooking the Reedy River. The park's development sparked a $75 million public-private development, Riverplace, directly across Main Street. Falls Park has been called the birthplace of Greenville, but in the mid-20th century the area was in severe decline, and the Camperdown Bridge had been built across the Falls, obstructing view. In the mid-1980s, the City adopted a master plan for the park, leading to the removal of the Camperdown Bridge and making way for extensive renovations, to include 20 acres (81,000 m2) of gardens and the Liberty Bridge. While bridges with similar structural concepts have been built in Europe, the Liberty Bridge is unique in its geometry.
  • Greenville County Museum of Art specializing in American art, frequently with a Southern perspective that dates back to the 18th century. It is noted for its collections of work by Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns, as well as a contemporary collection that features such notables as Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keeffe, and others.
  • Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery has two locations; the original is located on the campus of Bob Jones University at 1700 Wade Hampton Boulevard; the satellite location is located at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville.
  • Roper Mountain Science Center is home to a historic 23" refractor telescope, eighth largest of its kind in the United States.
  • Greenville Zoo was established in 1960 and is located in Cleveland Park.


  • Euphoria Greenville is an annual three-day culinary event held in the Wyche Pavilion at Larkin's on the River, Art in the Park, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Fall for Greenville is a three-day music and food street festival held each fall.
  • Artisphere is a three-day art festival held each spring.
  • iMAGINE Upstate is a weeklong celebration and showcase of STEM, entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative activity in the Upstate held each spring.
  • Big Fandom Greenville is a three-day comic book and science fiction convention held each October.
  • SC Comicon is a two-day comic book convention held annually.
  • Indie Craft Parade is a festival of handmade art held each September.
  • The Upstate Shakespeare Festival performs Shakespeare and other classic plays each summer in Falls Park.
  • The Greek Festival a three-day festival put on by the Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Greenville to celebrate Greek culture.
  • New South Comedy Festival is a four-day comedy festival featuring improvisational, stand-up, sketch, and musical comedy from around the country.


Greenville has been named one of the "Top 100 Arts Small Towns in the United States." The Bon Secours Wellness Arena brings national tours of many popular bands to downtown, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts provides a venue for orchestras and plays. A planned multimillion-dollar renovation to the center's main concert hall lobby and riverside amphitheatre began in the spring of 2011.

Greenville County Courthouse
The old Greenville County Courthouse
Greenville County Museum of Art building
Greenville County Museum of Art

Visual art

A number of local artists operate studios and galleries in the city, especially the Village of West Greenville near downtown. The Metropolitan Arts Council and Upstate Visual Arts provide a number of public events that focus on the visual arts, including the First Fridays Art Walk, Greenville Open Studios, and the West Greenville Arts Festival. Greenville also provides some notable fine arts museums:

  • The Greenville County Museum of Art, home of the Andrew Wyeth Collection, was founded with a significant contribution from local industrialist, Arthur Magill. It contains pieces by Jackson Pollock, Jonathan Greene, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jasper Johns and William H. Johnson.
  • The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery contains a diverse collection of European masterworks
  • The future of Greenville is presented visually in The Ecotopia 2121 Project (see: Ecotopia 2121 a book published by Arcade Publishers).


Greenville's music scene features live performances by local jazz, country, and rock bands.

Lynyrd Skynyrd played their last concert with all original members in Greenville, on October 19, 1977.

The city is home to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville County Youth Orchestra, Carolina Youth Symphony, and the Carolina Pops Orchestra. The Boston Symphony Orchestra regularly performs at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville Light Opera Works (GLOW Lyric Theatre) is a professional lyric theatre in Greenville that produces Musical Theatre, Operetta and Opera.

The Palmetto Statesmen Barbershop Chorus and Quartets perform barbershop harmony and a cappella singing at various locations throughout the Upstate. The Palmetto Statesmen Chorus is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Greenville is also the home of the Greenville Chorale, a 160-voice choral group.

Formed in 1993 by Greenville native Karl Sanders, ancient Egyptian-themed technical death metal band Nile is based in the city.


There are eight comedy venues in Greenville featuring stand up comedy, sketch comedy, ventriloquists, as well as experimental and non-traditional comedy.

Dance and theater

The Carolina Ballet Theatre is a professional dance company which regularly presents programs at the Peace Center and elsewhere. CBT presents four performances annually as the resident professional dance company of the Peace Center with their largest as the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker, Once Upon A Time in Greenville." This production is modelled after the major companies who have set their holiday class in their hometown. Centre Stage, Greenville Little Theater, South Carolina Children's Theater and the Warehouse Theatre are the major playhouses in the area. These theaters offer a variety of performances including well-known works, such as Death of a Salesman and Grease, and plays written by local playwrights. During the Spring and Summer, the local Shakespearean company performs Shakespeare in the Park at the Falls Park Amphitheater.

Social dancing

Greenville is also home to a thriving social dance scene. Regular social dances include:

Upstate Swing has been putting on a weekly Tuesday swing dance since 1998, drawing hundreds of people every week to a beginner lesson, followed by a three-hour social dance.

The Greenville Lindy Hoppers meet weekly on Thursdays for beginner and intermediate Lindy Hop lessons, followed by a social dance. They also host The Greenville Lindy Exchange the last weekend of June every year, which draws hundreds of swing dancers from across the southeast to the Upstate.

Greenville Blues hosts blues dances in the Greenville area.

The Carolina Shag Club meets weekly to promote Carolina Shag dancing in the Upstate area.

The Harvest Moon Folk Society meets weekly to host a Contra dance at the River Falls Lodge and hosts Contra events in the downtown Greenville area.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,305
1860 1,518 16.3%
1870 2,757 81.6%
1880 6,160 123.4%
1890 8,607 39.7%
1900 11,860 37.8%
1910 15,741 32.7%
1920 23,127 46.9%
1930 29,154 26.1%
1940 34,734 19.1%
1950 58,161 67.4%
1960 66,188 13.8%
1970 61,208 −7.5%
1980 58,242 −4.8%
1990 58,282 0.1%
2000 56,002 −3.9%
2010 58,409 4.3%
2020 70,720 21.1%
Census Bureau
2020 US Census

Greenville is the largest principal city of the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that covers Greenville, Laurens, Anderson and Pickens counties and had a combined population of 874,869 as of 2015.

Since South Carolina law makes annexing the suburban areas around cities difficult, Greenville's city proper population is small as a proportion of the total population of the urbanized area.

2020 census

Greenville racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 45,504 64.34%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 16,017 22.65%
Native American 91 0.13%
Asian 1,528 2.16%
Pacific Islander 89 0.13%
Other/Mixed 2,563 3.62%
Hispanic or Latino 4,928 6.97%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 70,720 people, 32,250 households, and 15,431 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 58,409 people, 24,382 households, and 12,581 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,148.0 inhabitants per square mile (829.3/km2). There were 27,295 housing units at an average density of 1,046.9 per square mile (404.2/km2). The racial composition of the city was 62.12% White, 31.54% Black or African American, 3.44% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 1.27% Asian, 0.14% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.37% of other races, and 1.11% of Two or more races.

There were 29,418 households, out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.7% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.4% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 20.0% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,144, and the median income for a family was $44,125. Males had a median income of $35,111 versus $25,339 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,242. About 12.2% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

Greenville racial breakdown of population
Racial composition 2000 2010 2019
White 62.1% 64.0% 68.7%
Black 34.0% 30.0% 25.8%
Asian 1.3% 1.4% 2.4%
Native American 0.14% 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian and
other Pacific Islander
0.06% 0.1% 0.1%
Two or more races 1.1% 1.8% 1.7%
Other 1.3% 2.4% 1.0%


Neighborhoods within the city of Greenville include:

Sister cities


Greenville's economy was formerly based largely on textile manufacturing, and the city was long known as "The Textile Capital of the World". In the last few decades, favorable wages and tax benefits have lured foreign companies to invest heavily in the area. The city is the North American headquarters for Michelin, Synnex, United Community Bank, AVX Corporation, NCEES, Ameco, Southern Tide, Confluence Outdoor, Concentrix, JTEKT, Cleva North America, Hubbell Lighting subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated, Greenville News, Greenville Health System, and Scansource. In 2003, the International Center for Automotive Research was created, establishing CUICAR as the new model for automotive research. The Center for Emerging Technologies in mobility and energy was opened in 2011, hosting a number of companies in leading edge R&D and the headquarters for Sage Automotive.

When the former Donaldson Air Force Base closed, the land became the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, and became home to a Lockheed Martin aircraft and logistics center, as well as facilities operated by 3M and Honeywell. Donaldson Center Airport now occupies the former air base as a public airport. General Electric has a gas turbine, aviation and wind energy manufacturing operations located in Greenville.

Sports teams

Spectators at a Greenville Drive game

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) sports conference is headquartered in Greenville, as are various minor league and university sports teams.

Minor League sports teams:

  • Greenville Drive, a High-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in the High-A East. The Drive played their first season at Greenville Municipal Stadium, former home of the Atlanta Braves AA affiliate. The Drive started their second season in their new downtown ballpark on April 6, 2006, which, prior to the start of the 2008 season, was renamed Fluor Field at the West End. For the first year after their founding, they were called the Greenville Bombers, having moved from Columbia, South Carolina. Before that, Greenville hosted various other minor league baseball teams, beginning with the Greenville Spinners in 1907.
  • Greenville Swamp Rabbits, a minor league hockey team in the ECHL, began play in the 2010–11 hockey season as the Greenville Road Warriors and were renamed in 2015.
  • Greenville Gaels, a hurling team in the Southeast Division of the US Gaelic Athletic Association.
  • Greenville Triumph SC is a soccer team in USL League One that began playing in 2019. The team plays at Legacy Early College Field. In June 2021, the USL announced an associated women's team will begin play in 2022 as part of a new W league.
  • Greenville FC is a soccer team in the NPSL that began in 2018; they play at Sirrine Stadium though went on hiatus for the 2020 season.
  • Carolina Upstate Thunder of the Women's American Basketball Association plays home games at Legacy Early College beginning in July 2021.

Furman University

  • The Furman Paladins compete at the NCAA Division I level. (Note: Furman football is a member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.) Furman athletic teams compete on-campus in various venues, including Paladin Stadium, Timmons Arena, and the Eugene Stone Soccer Stadium. Furman is a member of the Southern Conference.

Bob Jones University

  • Bob Jones University competes at the NCCAA Division II level. The BJU Bruins began intercollegiate athletics in the 2012–2013 school year. The school began with men and women's soccer and basketball, with hopes of eventually adding other sports. Cross country and golf were added for the 2013–2014 school year. Men's and women's shooting sports were added in 2016.

North Greenville University

  • North Greenville University competes at the NCAA Division II level.


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Greenville County Hughes Main Library

Public schools

The Greenville County School District is the largest school district in the state of South Carolina and ranked the 49th largest district in the United States, with 15 high schools, 18 middle schools, and 50 elementary schools in the district. With a 2012 budget of $426 million, the district employs 5,200 teachers, 63.1% of which hold a master's degree or higher. In addition to traditional public schools, Greenville's downtown area is home to the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, a boarding school for young artists.

Private schools

In addition to public schools, Greenville County has a number of private and religious schools, including St Mary's Catholic School (founded in 1900), Camperdown Academy (for students with learning disabilities), Hidden Treasure Christian School (a school for students with physical and/or mental disabilities), Christ Church Episcopal School (a college-preparatory Episcopalian school with an American school outside of Germany certified by the Bavarian Ministry of Education), Shannon Forest Christian School (an evangelical Christian school), Saint Joseph's Catholic School, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, St. Anthony's Catholic School, Southside Christian School (established in 1967 by Southside Baptist Church), Hampton Park Christian School, Bob Jones Academy and Elementary School, Green Charter (originally one of the Gülen movement schools), and Greenville Classical Academy (a classical Christian school established in 2004).

Colleges and universities

Furman library
James B. Duke Library at Furman University

Greenville has several colleges and universities located within the city limits, Bob Jones University, and Greenville Technical College. Additionally Furman University and North Greenville University are located in the greater Greenville area. Furman began as Furman Academy and Theological Institution in 1825 named after Richard Furman. The theological school of Furman broke away in 1858 and became Southern Baptist Theological Seminary now in Louisville, Kentucky. North Greenville University was established in 1893 and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Bob Jones University was established in 1927 by Bob Jones Sr. as a private non-denominational Protestant university. Greenville Technical College was established in 1962 as a technical college.

Clemson University's Main campus is located 30 miles away, however, the university has several programs physically located in Downtown Greenville, as well as a specialty campus in Greenville called Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research that focuses on automotive research.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville is a four-year medical school operating on a Prisma Health campus.

Supplementary schools

The Greenville Saturday School (GSS; グリーンビル日本語補習授業校 Gurīnbiru Nihongo Hoshū Jugyō Kō) is a weekend program for Japanese national students, with classes held at the French Bilingual School of South Carolina (EFB) in Wade Hampton. The Greenville school was scheduled to open in 1989, with Greenville Technical College the proposed classroom location. The school received $2,500 from the city council of Greenville.



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Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport

Greenville is located on the Interstate 85 corridor, approximately halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte. The northern terminus of Interstate 385 is located downtown, and the area is also served by Interstate 185 and U.S. Highway 123 (Calhoun Memorial Highway). Other major highways include U.S. 25, U.S. 29 and U.S. 276.

There are several airports servicing the Greenville area. The largest in the region, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), is the second busiest in the state and is served by most major airlines. SCTAC (formerly Donaldson Air Base) has undergone significant modernization and is the site of the new South Carolina Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility (AASF) and proposed Super General Aviation Center. Greenville serves as a freight hub for FedEx Express. The Greenville Downtown Airport, is the busiest general aviation airport in South Carolina with nearly 80,000 take-offs and landings annually and more than 245 based aircraft.

Public transit in Greenville is handled by the Greenville Transit Authority (GTA), which contracted out operations to the City Of Greenville in 2008 under a tri-party agreement with Greenville County. The city rebranded the service with the name Greenlink. Greenlink runs a bus system that serves the Greenville area, much of Greenville County including Mauldin and Simpsonville, and a portion of Pickens County via a connector to Clemson. The city is currently conducting studies for Personal Rapid Transit that would begin in downtown, connecting it to University Ridge as well as Clemson ICAR via an abandoned railroad right of way.

Greenville has an Amtrak station, which is part of Amtrak's Crescent, connecting Greenville with the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. Additionally, Greenville is included in the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor, which is proposed to run from Washington, D.C. to Jacksonville, Florida. Freight railroad service is provided by CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway, and the Carolina Piedmont Railroad. The former Greenville and Northern Railway line to Travelers Rest has been abandoned and converted into a hiking and biking trail called the Swamp Rabbit Trail.


Interstate 85 runs along the city's southeast edge, with two spur routes, Interstate 185 and Interstate 385, connecting it to the city center. Interstate 385 runs east from downtown Greenville, crosses Interstate 85, and continues southward from there to a junction with Interstate 26. Interstate 185 begins south of downtown, crosses Interstate 85 south of the city, then forms a southern beltway around Greenville, ending at Interstate 385 southeast of Greenville.

Notable people

  • Jaimie Alexander, actress
  • Dorothy Allison, writer
  • Cat Anderson, jazz trumpeter (1916–1981)
  • Major Rudolf Anderson Jr., the only person killed by enemy fire during the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Zinn Beck, former MLB player; managed the Greenville Spinners from 1923 to 1925
  • Danielle Brooks, actress, grew up in Simpsonville and attended SCGSAH in Greenville
  • Peabo Bryson, singer-songwriter
  • Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., 112th governor of South Carolina, 1987–1995
  • Judith Chapman, actress
  • Dextor Clinkscale, player in the National Football League
  • John Culbertson, playwright
  • Santia Deck, athlete
  • Jim DeMint, U.S. senator and president of the Heritage Foundation
  • Austin Ernst, professional golfer
  • Esquerita, musician
  • Jawun Evans, player in the National Basketball Association
  • Tyler Florence, chef and television host
  • Kevin Garnett, player in the National Basketball Association, 15-time All-Star and 2004 league MVP
  • André Goodman, 10-year NFL career as cornerback with Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, and Denver Broncos
  • Trey Gowdy, United States Representative
  • Chad Green, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Clement Haynsworth, United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit; Supreme Court nominee
  • James M. Henderson, advertising executive and Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1970; father-in-law of Jim DeMint
  • George Hincapie, road bicycle racer
  • John D. Hollingsworth, textile machinery executive and philanthropist
  • Bo Hopkins, television and film actor
  • Jesse Hughes, rock musician
  • Jay Jackson, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist and Baptist minister
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson, Major League Baseball player
  • Bob Jones Sr., evangelist, founder of Bob Jones University
  • Bob Jones Jr., second president of Bob Jones University
  • Monique Jones, IFBB professional bodybuilder
  • Marcus King, bluesmusician, founder of The Marcus King Band
  • Hovie Lister, American gospel musician
  • Virginia Postrel, political and cultural author
  • Eli White, professional baseball player for the Texas Rangers

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