The county seat of Greenwood County, the city of Greenwood is the 17th-largest city in South Carolina, with a population of approximately 22,400. Nicknamed the "Emerald City," Greenwood is characterized by a mild, seasonable climate and its lush, green landscape. The city covers nearly 16 square miles and is located approximately one hour from Greenville, South Carolina, to the north and one hour from Augusta, Georgia, to the south.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES
With its economic roots in the railroad and textile industries, Greenwood is home to more than 100 industries, with healthcare, genetic and biotechnical sciences and manufacturing dominating the city's economy. Among the companies doing business in the area is Fuji Photo Film, Inc., whose largest North American facility is located in Greenwood.
The major regional hospital serving Greenwood is Self Regional Healthcare, a medical campus that includes a Cancer Center, Heart Center and Women's Center. Other advanced care services offered are rehabilitation, neurosurgery, vascular services, neurology services and a bariatric weight loss program. The hospital also features a health and fitness facility called Wellness Works, where members have access to fitness equipment and classes, personal training, nutrition counseling and other health-related classes and workshops. Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital is the area's only freestanding, acute-care rehabilitation facility, serving patients with functional deficits due to illness or injury in an inpatient setting. In addition to the city's hospital facilities, high-quality healthcare is available via medical practices specializing in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, infertility, plastic surgery, sports medicine, radiology, neurology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology and psychiatry.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
Homes in both new and old subdivisions are available to Greenwood's residents. Options range from rural acreage to historic homes and from suburban subdivisions to urban residential space in Greenwood's uptown. Apartments and condominiums are also available, and both single-family and multifamily development continues to take place in the area.
Shopping venues in Greenwood include shopping centers such as Greenwood Mall, a collection of more than 30 shops and restaurants. Crosscreek Mall offers family and community events in addition to shopping. Uptown Greenwood has an abundance of specialty shops offering items ranging from clothing and jewelry to home furnishings and antiques.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Cultural attractions in Greenwood include:
- Greenwood Community Theatre: This theatre arts company produces seven regular season shows and an annual musical, and features both adult and youth performers. Summer youth workshops are also offered.
- Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts: A partnership between the community and Lander University, this nonprofit collaboration features performances by dancers, singers, actors and musicians at the Lander University Cultural Center Auditorium.
- GreenwoodFestival Chorale: The chorale features community singers and performs three times annually in the spring, during the holidays, and during the South Carolina Festival of Flowers.
- The Museum: Uptown Greenwood's Museum features exhibits including arts, cultural history and natural history.
- Monsanto Gallery: Lander University Cultural Center's Monsanto Gallery exhibits Southeastern artwork in a variety of media.
- Lander University Fine Arts Department: This cultural resource offers the community more than 30 performances annually, ranging from theater to music to dance.
- Ninety Six Concert Series: This annual, four-night event in the nearby city of Ninety Six offers performances by nationally known recording artists.
The region is also home to a number of annual festivals and activities, including the South Carolina Festival of Flowers, the Festival of Discovery, the Hodges Fall Festival, the Wellness Celebration, the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Family Fun Day, Boo Bash, the Holiday Open House and the Live after Five summer concert series.
- Lake Greenwood offers residents and visitors boating, jet skiing and fishing, and its 200-mile shoreline boasts boat landings, fishing piers, tackle shops and restaurants. Lake Greenwood State Park, located on the lake's western shore, features boat ramps, campgrounds, picnic areas, a recreation center and the natural beauty of its pine and hardwood forest.
- Wilbanks Sports Complex includes lighted sports fields, a fitness trail, picnic areas, playgrounds, six tennis courts and a skateboard park. Additionally, sports programs are offered for youth and adults.
- Greenwood's Heritage Trail is a paved trail open to walkers, skaters and cyclists. The trail connects points of interest highlighting the city's rich history.
- Greenwood School District 50 operates an early childhood education center, eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, an alternate education center and a career center.
- Lander University is a four-year college offering a variety of bachelor's degree programs, including those in the areas of nursing, education and business. Master's programs in education and teaching are also offered. The university's enrollment is approximately 3,000.
- Piedmont Technical College, a two-year institution, has an enrollment of 5,000 and offers 81 academic programs. Associate degrees, as well as university transfer credits, are awarded to Piedmont Technical's students.
- U.S. Highways 25 and 72 provide ground access to Greenwood. Rail service is provided by CSX, with Amtrak service located an hour away in nearby Greenville.
- The Greenwood County Airport provides charter and corporate air service, while Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport is the closest major commercial airport and is located within an hour's drive.
Newspapers serving Greenwood:
- Index/Journal (daily)
- Star and Beacon (weekly)
- Observer (weekly)
Local radio stations:
- WZSN "Sunny" 103.5 FM (easy listening and gospel)
- WZLA 92.9 FM (oldies)