Family is the cornerstone of Simpsonville, a community of nearly 22,000 that calls itself “Simply Home.” That doesn’t mean it’s a sleeper community—it’s ranked the #3 The 10 Best Places to Live in SC by HomeSnacks. This city has recreation, solid schools, and business atmospheres that allow the busiest bees to check off their to-lists or leisure seekers to stroll charming downtown boutiques.
It’s also the stage of the Upstate, home to the CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, which attracts everything from international touring acts to food truck rodeos. Feeling more active? Splash around at Discovery Island Waterpark, or toss your Frisbee at the City Park Disc Golf Course.
In Simpsonville, the Upstate’s vibrant tempo intersects with the rhythm of a small town.
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You’ll never forget your first two scoops at the Ice Cream Station, located in a park in the heart of downtown. But that’s just the sweet ending for your culinary adventures: Simpsonville is home to options from finger-lickin’ barbecue at Smoqued BBQ to Stella’s Southern Bistro, whose polished service, hand-crafted cocktails and locally source cuisine have earned accolades. 1885 Tap Room has dozens of taps for the beer-curious, and the Warehouse at Vaughn’s provides an indoor-outdoor food hall and social gathering spot where you can satisfy everyone’s cravings.
In addition, Simpsonville residents are just a few miles from one of the nation’s largest foodie hubs: Greenville, which has been a “Foodie Paradise” by Southern Living and topped Tasting Table’s list of “America’s Most Underrated Foodie Cities.”
If “all the world is a stage,” then Simpsonville has some of the best of them. Its CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park and Hendricks Pavilion Amphitheatre are the Upstate’s most rockin’ outdoor venues, drawing international performing artists who appeal to all generations. For theatre fans, the Mill Town Players will perform Broadway musicals and straight play classics at the recently renovated Simpsonville Arts Center. And, for those who see their ‘gram as the ultimate stage, let the community’s “Simply Home” and “Drive-in Movie” murals make your next backdrops.
As one of the Upstate’s most family-friendly communities, Simpsonville’s recreation scene provides year-round excitement for aspiring athletes. Volleyball, baseball, soccer, basketball, football (tackle and flag) – these competitive leagues give your family many reasons to get in the team spirit.
Beyond the structured sports atmosphere, Simpsonville residents get active running and cycling on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, tossing Frisbees at City Park, or swinging and climbing at Heritage Park’s playgrounds. And, when it’s summertime and the livin’s easy, Discovery Island Waterpark provides water attractions for the whole family.
For an added thrill, the Blue Ridge Mountains – and all their waterfalls, apple orchards, and scenic vistas – are a short drive away, providing a perfect weekend activity.
Simpsonville’s proud to be “Simply Home,” and in this community, family and personal time come first. Healthcare and retail are Simpsonville’s major industries, with Prisma Health serving as the largest employer within city limits. So if it’s quality health care and personal services you’re after, you’ll find them here. On the retail side, the city has a blend of large national retailers and a vibrant fabric of local merchants.
Simpsonville’s high quality of life and family-friendly atmosphere are also major selling points, and residents have easy access to Interstate 385 and Interstate 185, making it a great home base for reaching employment opportunities across the region. Simpsonville’s major employers include:
As a part of the greater Greenville County school system, Simpsonville boasts some of the best public education institutions in Upstate South Carolina. In fact, the Greenville County School District is the largest in the state, with a total of 76,000 students.
Simpsonville families have a selection of neighborhood elementary schools, prestigious middle schools and Hillcrest High School, home of the Rams. A number of charter and private schools are also available for those seeking a distinct edge, such as Brashier Middle College Charter High School.
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