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Communities You’ll Want to Call Home

Upstate South Carolina is a 10-county region best-known for anchor cities Greenville and Spartanburg—but that’s not all we have to offer. From thriving cities to lake-living, our communities have something for whatever vision you have for your life—whether it’s live-work-play all within five blocks, work in a city but live close to nature, or small-town all around. Learn more about our communities by browsing the map below.

City of Greer, SC

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  • Abbeville

  • Downtown Williamston, SC

    Anderson

  • Clemson sign and welcome fest, Clemon, SC

    Clemson

  • Clinton

  • Easley

  • Commerce Park

    Fountain Inn

  • Gaffney

  • On the River, Downtown Greenville, SC

    Greenville

  • Lake Greenwood, Greenwood, SC

    Greenwood

  • Greer

  • Laurens, South Carolina

    Laurens

  • Mauldin

  • Lake Jocassee, Cherokee Foothills, Oconee County, SC

    Seneca

  • Wall mural, Downtown Spartanburg, SC

    Spartanburg

  • Downtown, Union County, SC

    Union

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Icon - Marker Abbeville

Calling all history and culture lovers. Located along the “Freshwater Coast,” Abbeville and Abbeville County are settled on South Carolina’s western boundary, and known for their outdoor activities, including outstanding fishing and boating.  With a charming downtown square, Abbeville is home to the artfully restored Abbeville Opera House, which first opened its doors in 1908 and today hosts world-class performances from modern plays to classic opera.

Known For:

  • Historic Downtown
  • Opera House
  • Fishing + Boating
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Downtown Williamston, SC

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Nicknamed “The Friendliest City in South Carolina,” Anderson hits the sweet spot between old-fashioned Southern charm and cutting-edge innovation. In fact, it’s also known as the “Electric City” for being the first city in the Southeast to use electricity in the late 19th century. Anderson is home to seven designated historic districts, as well as more than 230 manufacturers, including 22 international companies. Families, young professionals and retirees enjoy Anderson’s suburban feel, lower cost of living and abundance of parks. Anderson is also home to Lake Hartwell, the host to world-class fishing, including a variety of championship tournaments like the Bassmaster Classic, and Palmetto Moonshine, an award-winning micro-distillery that produces moonshine and craft whiskey.

Known For:

  • Historic Downtown
  • Parks
  • Boating + Fishing
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Clemson sign and welcome fest, Clemon, SC

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Best-known for the prestigious Clemson University, Clemson and Pickens County is an area rich in history, natural beauty and Tiger pride. The area offers a small-town atmosphere with all of the assets of a college town, including the best of college sports and performance arts. With access to the lakes and mountains, Pickens is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors. Catch a Tigers game or a play at Clemson’s Brooks Theater for Performing Arts, visit the South Carolina Botanical Garden or take a hike to one of more than 20 waterfalls in the area.

Known For:

  • University
  • Sports
  • Waterfalls
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Icon - Marker Clinton

Originally founded as a railroad town in 1852, Clinton is town of about 8,000 that’s home to historic and natural attractions including its charming downtown—comprised of 19th-century buildings and classified as a national historic place—and the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Park. Clinton’s signature spring festival, Rhythm On The Rails, includes retail and craft vendors, games, rides and lots of great music and barbeque. Presbyterian College provides a variety of lectures, plays, films, art shows and concerts from September through April, many of which are available at no charge to the community.

Known For:

  • Historic Downtown
  • State Park
  • College
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Icon - Marker Easley

Easley is an affordable, diverse place to live where parks and family-friendly events abound. Easley’s downtown district features specialty shops, antique dealers and wonderful restaurants, along with a water-feature park and outdoor amphitheater. The Foothills Playhouse is a destination for live theater entertainment, and every September, Easley welcomes thousands of visitors for the Upper South Carolina State Fair at the Greenville-Pickens Speedyway. Historically the host of the Big League World Series, Easley today hosts the Senior League World Series.

Known For:

  • Family Friendly
  • Outdoor Events
  • Sports
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Commerce Park

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With a charming and vibrant downtown, Fountain Inn is a great place for families, young professionals and retirees. Fountain Inn’s Cedar Falls Park is a stunning site where the Reedy River cascades over rocks and boulders alongside a playground, a partially paved hiking trail, walking paths and mountain bike trails. The Younts Center for Performing Arts puts on everything from symphonies to community theatre productions. Just up the road in Simpsonville is Heritage Park Amphitheatre, a premier outdoor entertainment venue featuring some of America’s most sought after acts,  from Willie Nelson to Counting Crows, from Darius Rucker to Mumford & Sons.

Known For:

  • Charming Main Street
  • Family Friendly
  • Music
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Icon - Marker Gaffney

Gaffney is the seat of Cherokee County located in the northeastern portion of Upstate SC just an hour from Charlotte. One of its most famous landmarks is the Peachoid, a 135-foot tall water tower that resembles a peach to honor Gaffney’s rich peach farming history. The area is also home to the Cherokee Speedway, Gaffney Outlet Marketplace, Gaffney Station Farmers Market, and three national park sites which commemorate its role in the Revolutionary War. The area has lovely, affordable homes, including homes constructed between 1890 and 1930 in Gaffney’s Historic Residential District.

Known For:

  • Shopping
  • Historical Sites
  • Peaches
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On the River, Downtown Greenville, SC

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We’re not exaggerating when we say that Greenville is one of the most charming cities you’ll ever come across. In fact, it’s home to the No. 3 Best Downtown in the country and continues to top national food destination lists. It’s also been called the hottest craft beer scene in South Carolina—and did we mention there’s a waterfall in the middle of downtown? Catch a Broadway show at the Peace Center, wander the arts district in the Village of West Greenville , or enjoy an outdoor concert or festival along Main Street.

Known For:

  • City Life
  • Arts + Culture
  • Food Scene
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Lake Greenwood, Greenwood, SC

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Known as “Emerald City,” Greenwood is a true gem in crown of Upstate South Carolina. The county seat of Greenwood County, Greenwood is home to the beautiful Lake Greenwood and the charming Uptown Greenwood, plus the arts and cultural district known as the Emerald Triangle. This burgeoning cultural hub is bordered by the renovated Arts Center at the 100-year-old Federal Building, the Greenwood Community Theater and the Greenwood Museum. Piedmont Technical College and Lander University make the Greenwood County region a hub for technical training and education, which fuels businesses like FUJIFILM’s North American Manufacturing and R&D Headquarters.

Known For:

  • Arts + Culture
  • Colleges / Universities
  • Lake Living
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Icon - Marker Greer

From its roots as a mill town, Greer has grown to become an international manufacturing hub and a thriving, innovative city for people to live and work. Notably, Greer is home to Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), ranked among the most user-friendly airports in the country, which offers 50 non-stop daily departures to 19 major airports and 16 major cities across the U.S. Thanks to this robust transportation asset, Greer is also home to the only BMW manufacturing facility in the United States. Beyond visiting the plant itself, residents and visitors can tour the Zentrum Museum or get behind the wheel of the Ultimate Driving Machine® at the BMW Performance Driving School. Greer’s lifestyle assets include beautiful scenery, a downtown with 12 blocks of retail, dining and entertainment, and popular events like the weekly summer music festival, Tunes on Trade.

Known For:

  • Airport
  • Downtown Vibe
  • Family Friendly
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Laurens, South Carolina

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Laurens and Laurens County are located between Columbia and Greenville and offer the perfect lifestyle for those who want to be near the activity of the city, while seeking the peace of the natural scenery. Historic charm, pastoral landscapes – with top-notch outdoor recreation – and cultural diversity abound in Laurens. The Old 96 District, which spans four counties including Laurens, offers hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing, golfing, camping and other family-friendly activities, while the West Main Street District features beautiful historical houses and shops.

Known For:

  • Hiking
  • Historic Homes
  • Family Friendly
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Icon - Marker Mauldin

Home to nearly 25,000 residents, Mauldin is a quaint but active city with lots of restaurants, parks and museums that balances history with fast-growth businesses. A great place for young professionals to and families, Mauldin ranks No. 5 among the best places for millennials in South Carolina. The city offers four parks, excellent youth and adult sports and classes at the Mauldin Sports Center, and arts and entertainment at the Cultural Center of Mauldin. Attractions for family fun, including Discovery Island Waterpark, Golden Lanes bowling and roller skating rink, and Heritage Park Amphitheatre, are just down the road in Simpsonville, and Greenville is about 15 minutes in the other direction by car.

Known For:

  • Family Friendly
  • Parks
  • Sports
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Lake Jocassee, Cherokee Foothills, Oconee County, SC

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Located in the northwestern corner of Upstate SC, Seneca sits at the heart of Oconee County. Home to gorgeous rivers, lakes and forests, it’s known as one of South Carolina’s most scenic areas. Seneca ranks on Thrillist’s list of America’s 20 Greatest Lake Towns thanks to Lake Keowee, a sprawling man-made reservoir that encompasses nearly 29 square miles and 350 miles of shoreline, plus neighboring Lake Jocassee and Lake Hartwell. The Seneca and Oconee County area is also known for its history, particularly Ram Cat Alley, which is lined with gorgeous, traditional buildings from the late 1800s, and excellent hiking thanks to its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Known For:

  • Lake Scene
  • Historic Downtown
  • Hiking
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Wall mural, Downtown Spartanburg, SC

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There’s only one Spartanburg. In fact, it’s the only city of its name in the country and it lives up to its unique reputation. Spartanburg is home to a thriving cultural district—including more than two dozen indoor and outdoor performance venues, and a collection of eclectic, colorful murals—and diverse educational institutions, from liberal arts colleges Wofford and Converse to the University of South Carolina Upstate. Plus, Spartanburg’s international business community has given way to a diversity of restaurants that range from Irish to Vietnamese, so you’ll never eat the same meal twice.

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  • Arts + Culture
  • City Life
  • College / Universities
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Downtown, Union County, SC

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Union is a city of about 8,000 people offering excellent outdoor recreation opportunities, historic sites and sports facilities. Historic downtown Union is filled with specialty shops and beautiful architecture, and is surrounded by historic sites from the Carnegie Library to the Rose Hill Plantation to the Union County Courthouse, designed by notable architect Robert Mills. For the outdoor enthusiast, Union offers considerable resources for hunting, boating, fishing, camping, and more. Nearly 62,000 acres of Union County have been reserved as part of the Sumter National Forest. Sports fans will revel in Union’s multiple motorsports facilities and state-of-the-art sports complex, complete with seven ball fields.

Known For:

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Historic Sites
  • Sports
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