Accolades

Favorable Business Climate

  • Top 10 Small Cities Where Business is Thriving (Greenville, SC ranked #9)                  Entrepreneur, 2015
  • Greenville: #1 Micro American City of the Future - Overall                                                          fDi Magazine 2015
  • Greenville: #1 Micro American City of the Future for Economic Potential                                    fDi Magazine 2015
  • Greenville: #1 Micro American City of the Future for Business Friendliness                                 fDi Magazine 2015
  • Port of Charleston ranked as the Top Port in the South in 2014                                             Logistic Management, Peer Research Group, 2014
  • Top Destination for Foreign Direct Investment (Upstate SC)                                                     2013 Global Location Trends
  • #3 for Top State to Do Business (SC)
    Area Development, 2014
  • 5th Best Regulatory Environment for Business (SC)
    Forbes Magazine, 2012
  • #7 Best State for Business
    Chief Executive, 2014
  • The Greenville Metro area is listed No. 6 on Forbe's list of "America's Engineering Capitals"    Forbes, 2014

Cost of Living

  • Affordable Cost of Living – 93.7
    C2ER Cost of Living Index, 2016 Annual Average
  • 2013 Best Places to Retire
    AARP, 2013

Education

  • 9 Greenville County Public High Schools plus the Governor's School for Arts and Humanities in Top 6% Nationally
    Newsweek Magazine, 2015-2016
  • 684 Greenville County teachers are National Board Certified Teachers, more than 24 states Greenville County Schools, 2016
  • Clemson ranked as 23rd Best National Public University                                                      
    US News & World Report, 2016

Quality of Life

  • 52 Places to Go (IN THE WORLD) in 2017 (Greenville, SC #12)                                              New York Times
  • Top 10 Underrated Cities for Art Lovers                                                                                       US News & World Report 2016
  • 7 Most Underrated Food Cities in America                                                                   Cheaptickets.com 2016
  • #7 Best in the US to Visit in 2015                                                                                           Lonely Planet
  • Top Six 2015's Hottest New Vacation Destinations                                                                      CBS News / Peter Greenberg
  • Travelers Rest: Named 4th Coolest Small Town in 2014                                                          Budget Travel
  • Main Street: #3 Best Alfresco Dining Neighborhoods                                                                 10 Best/USA Today                         
  • Falls Park on the Reedy: Top 10 Park in the US
    Trip Advisor, 2014
  • One of "50 of the World's Last Great Places" - Jocassee Gorges
    National Geographic Magazine, 2012
  • Top 10 Cycling Cities in the United States                                                                               Global Cycling Network
  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail: #3 Best Urban Trail                                                                            10 Best/USA Today
  • Artisphere: Top 10 Fine Art Show in the US
      Art Fair Sourcebook, 2014
  • TD Saturday Market - Top 20 Event in the Southeast
    Southeast Tourism Society, 2013
  • Downtown Greenville Great American Main Street Award
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Greenville’s Main Street Named Great American Street
    American Planning Association