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.
Con: Higher than average crime rate
Best For: Walkability to a historic downtown
Cost of Living: 14.7% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $134,000
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.