Greenville, South Carolina – Retirement Guide

Greenville, South Carolina   Retirement Guide

Since an ongoing redevelopment revitalized Greenville’s downtown, the neighborhood has regained it’s charm, and become one of the major draws for retirees to the area. Today, the downtown has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is home to a great number of boutique shops and restaurants.

Dotting the pedestrian-friendly streets, you’ll encounter the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Warehouse Theater and the Greenville Little Theater. Additional events are held at the Peace Center, a performing arts center where retirees can see all manner of productions, from Broadway performances, jazz concerts, symphonies and the ballet.

Retirees will find that many of Greenville’s condominiums and apartments are within walking distance to the quaint downtown, and can be bought for an affordable price. In fact, living in Greenville is generally quite affordable; cost of living here is more than 14 percent lower than the national average. Additionally, the median home price is $134,000.

While Greenville’s historic downtown is one of its greatest draws, the town also offers proximity to a number of outdoor pursuits.

Pros: Redeveloped historic downtown, low cost of living
Con: Higher than average crime rate

At a Glance
Best For: Walkability to a historic downtown
Population: 60,370
Cost of Living: 14.7% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $134,000
Unemployment: 5.7%
Top State Income Tax: 7%
Crime Rate: 35% above national average

Outdoors lovers can visit parks such as Paris Mountain State Park, Cleveland Park, Reedy River Falls Park and McPherson Park. Retirees can also take advantage of bicycling and hiking paths in the parks, or take a stroll or spin on the paths created along the converted railroad line.

Other perks retirees in Greenville will enjoy are the weather and 2 nearby medical facilities. While Greenville enjoys 4 distinct seasons, the weather remains relatively mild year-round. Perhaps Greenville’s largest flaw is its higher than average crime rate, though officials are working to curb those numbers.

Top Retirement Cities in South Carolina:  Aiken | Beaufort | Bluffton | Charleston | Greenville | Summerville

Photo by Timothy J Carroll via FlickrAll statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.