Greenville, South Carolina, began as a small mill town and dates back to 1831. Today this thriving city of over 58,000 residents covers 25 square miles of Northwestern South Carolina at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The county seat of Greenville County, Greenville is centrally located between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Greenville's favorable business climate has made the area a destination for corporate offices, warehouse and distribution operations and especially manufacturing. Notable companies headquartered or doing business in the region include:
In addition, 4.8 million visitors travel annually to Greenville County, providing more than $876 million in visitor expenditures. To accommodate these visitors, the area has 8,000 hotel rooms, with the majority along I-385 for business travelers, four hotels located in Downtown Greenville, and others in various locations across the county.
Carolina First Center, a large, exposition facility used for corporate meetings, conventions, tradeshows and special events, is the main destination for business travelers. Leisure travelers are drawn to the city's downtown area, the area's mountains and natural features, and an abundance of recreational activities.
The Greenville Hospital System operates five medical campus locations in the area, including two within Greenville city limits.
The largest facility in the city, the Greenville Memorial Hospital is a regional medical campus that includes a 24-hour Emergency Trauma Center, Cancer Center, Children's Hospital, Heart Institute, Women's Hospital and Rehabilitation services. The on-site Greenville Life Center is a health-and-conditioning club promoting fitness and wellness and offering members indoor and outdoor tracks, a pool, group fitness classes, personal training, cardio and weight-lifting equipment, personal massage and nutrition counseling.
Greenville's neighborhoods include seven, distinctive, historic districts, many with buildings and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These districts include:
Newer neighborhoods abound in Greenville as well, with new residential and commercial construction continuing in both the suburbs and the downtown area to accommodate the area's growth.
Greenville has great outdoor facilities with 39 parks totaling 452 acres. These include:
Amenities at these parks include trails for walking and biking, sports fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, disc-golf courses, horseshoe pits, miniature golf, shuffleboard and a performance amphitheater. Programs for youth and adults are also offered.
Entertainment, arts, nightlife and dining opportunities are available to Greenville residents and visitors, with its Downtown as the cultural epicenter for the entire region. In addition to restaurants and pubs, Downtown boasts the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, the Greenville County Art Museum, BI-LO Center Arena, Greenville Zoo and Greenville County Library, as well as parks, local galleries and theater venues.
Live arts entertainment in the area includes ballet and symphony performances, major concerts, family entertainment, outdoor local jazz concerts and moonlight movies.
In addition to the largest public school district in South Carolina, Greenville residents enjoy easy access to the following local colleges and universities:
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