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Easley

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 Speedway. Historically the host of the Big League World Series, Easley today hosts the Senior League World Series.

Facts + Figures

21,016

City Population

124,779

County Population

$63,678

Average Household Income

  • Food Scene
  • Arts + Culture
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Business Climate
  • Education

Food Scene

Easley may be a small town, but its food offerings are anything but diminutive. Residents can find fresh, local produce and artisan products at the Easley Farmers Market, voted the best produce market in the county, during the summer, or at all-natural goods shop The Farmacy all year-round. Local dining favorites include Two Bros Pizza, founded by, you guessed it, two brothers, and Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor, which has been described as the “most American diner you’ve ever been to.” Looking for your new go-to brunch spot? Look no further than Serendipity Cafe, which is known for its satisfying Sunday brunch menu and sweet treats like lemon-berry mascarpone cake. If you’re looking to spice things up, visit Bleu Voodoo Grill. This colorful Cajun restaurant features live music, outdoor seating and more, guaranteeing a good time. Craving barbecue and southern sides? Check out Smokin’ Pig, which was named one of the 50 best barbecue joints in America by Business Insider.

Arts + Culture

Residents and visitors of Easley enjoy the area’s small-town vibe and vibrant cultural atmosphere. Easley welcomes thousands of visitors for its annual Upper South Carolina State Fair at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway every September. Year-round attractions include Circa Makers and Merchants, a curated shop of local art, handmade gifts and unique antiques in historic downtown Easley, and the Foothills Playhouse at the Historic West End Hall. Foothills Playhouse is Easley’s community theatre that provides live family-friendly education and entertainment, with recent plays including Elf the Musical Jr., Charlotte’s Web and Willy Wonka. Easley also hosts “Movies on the Market” every Saturday in the Old Square Market, a great opportunity for friends and family to gather and enjoy fresh air and a movie. Easley’s historical attractions include Hagood Mill, which offers events and educational opportunities surrounding Appalachian Heritage and Native American history.

Outdoor Activities

Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Easley is a scenic town that offers residents and visitors with a handful of outdoor activities, thanks to its close proximity to waterfalls, hiking trails and lakes. One outdoor activity unique to the area is the Doodle Trail, a 7.5-mile multi-use trail between the cities of Easley and Pickens suited for biking, walking, running, rollerblading and more.

Residents of Easley don’t need to travel far for quality hiking trails. Table Rock is less than 20 miles from Easley and boasts 3,083 acres of mountain country and 94 standard campsites. The park’s hiking trails pass by mountain streams and waterfalls on the way to the top of Pinnacle and Table Rock mountains.

Easley’s love for sports dates back to the old textile baseball league, which drew 10,000 fans each game. Today, Easley proudly boasts the 104-acre JB “Red” Owens Sports Complex, the historic home of the Big League Baseball World Series. The Complex includes eight ball fields, soccer fields, walking trails, picnic shelters and more. Looking to be active but stay indoors? Visit Integrative Yoga Therapy for aerial or on-the-mat yoga.

Business Climate

Known for its diverse community and hospitable community, Easley also doubles as a great location for businesses. Easley and the greater area of Pickens County boasts a diverse business environment that is home to international and domestic companies across various industries. Easley’s major employers include:

Education

Families in Easley enjoy top-notch K-12 education institutions, as well as close proximity to quality higher education. Pickens County School District is comprised of 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools and a state-of-the-art Career and Technology Center. In addition, Easley is home to two private education institutions: Easley Christian School and Soaring Eagles Christian Academy. Top-tier higher education institutions are also within close proximity to Easley. Pickens County is home to the No. 1 college in South Carolina, according to Niche, Clemson University. Tri-County Technical College, a two-year institution, and Southern Wesleyan University, a four-year institution are also located in Pickens County.

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