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Family is the cornerstone of Simpsonville, a community of 28,000 that calls itself “Simply Home” to residents and visitors alike. Simpsonville is the economic hub of eastern Greenville County and is ranked among the 10 Best Places to Live in South Carolina by HomeSnacks. The City of Simpsonville offers opportunities for recreation and entertainment, cultivates economic development, and boasts impressive schools all in less than 9 square miles.

Simpsonville also serves as the stage of the Upstate as home to the CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, which attracts both world-renowned artists and smaller concerts with local food trucks. If you’re feeling a bit more active, splash around at Discovery Island Waterpark or toss your Frisbee at the new-and-improved City Park upon its grand opening in fall 2024.

In Simpsonville, the vibrant tempo of the Upstate certainly intersects with the rhythm of a small town.

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You’ll never forget your first frozen treat and never plan for your last at the Ice Cream Station, located on South Main Street in the heart of downtown. But that’s only the sweet culmination of your culinary adventures. Simpsonville is home to an array of options from finger-lickin’ barbecue at Henry’s Smokehouse to Stella’s Southern Bistro, whose polished service, hand-crafted cocktails, and locally-sourced cuisine have earned the establishment accolades.

1885 Tap Room in Burdette Central has dozens of taps for both the beer drinkers and connoisseurs, and Vaughn’s Food Hall provides an outdoor-indoor food hall and community-gathering spot where the cravings of everyone in your group can be satisfied. And all the other dining options in between are equally stellar. Simpsonville is also just a few miles from one of the nation’s largest foodie hubs: Greenville. Named a “Foodie Paradise” by Southern Living and having topped Tasting Table’s list of “America’s Most Underrated Foodie Cities,” the City of Greenville has a bite for every palette.

If “all the world’s a stage,” then Simpsonville is at the epicenter with some of the best stages in the South. The CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park is one of the Southeast’s most rockin’ and rollin’ outdoor venues, attracting internationally-performing artists who appeal to all generations, cultures, and backgrounds. Patrons of the visual and performing arts can visit the Simpsonville Arts Center, a recently renovated historical landmark that once housed an elementary school and is now home to art exhibitions, art classes, musicals, plays, ballets, in-residence artists, and rental spaces.

And for those of us who use social media as our own personal stage, the community’s “Simply Home” and “Drive-in Movie” murals on South Main Street make for the perfect backdrops.

One of the Upstate’s most family-friendly communities would not be complete without the year-round excitement for aspiring young athletes provided by Simpsonville’s recreation scene. Volleyball, baseball, soccer, basketball, tackle- and flag-football — these competitive leagues give your family endless reasons to get into the team spirit.

Beyond structured sports, Simpsonville residents of all ages stay active by running and cycling on the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, playing pickleball, tossing Frisbees at one of our many parks, or swinging and climbing on the various age-appropriate playgrounds at Heritage Park. And when it’s summertime and the livin’s easy, Discovery Island Waterpark provides water attractions for the whole family.

For an added thrill, a short drive away are the Blue Ridge Mountains — one of the most treasured features of the Upstate with its waterfalls, apple orchards, and scenic vistas.

Modeling the city’s tagline “Simply Home,” Simpsonville community members put family and personal time first. Healthcare and retail are Simpsonville’s major industries with Prisma Health serving as the largest employer within city limits. If it’s quality healthcare and personal services that you’re after, you’ll find them in Simpsonville. When it comes to retail, the city has a blend of large national retailers and vibrant fabric of local merchants.

Simpsonville’s high quality of life and family-friendly atmosphere are supported by residents’ easy access to interstates 385 and 185, making the location a great home base for reaching employment opportunities across the region.

Simpsonville’s major employers include the following:

As part of the greater Greenville County school system, Simpsonville boasts some of the best public education institutions in the Upstate. As the largest school district in the state with 76,000 students, the Greenville County School District offers Simpsonville families a selection of neighborhood elementary schools, prestigious middle schools, and Hillcrest High School, home of the Rams and the only high school in city limits. A number of charter and private schools are available for families who are seeking a distinct edge, such as Brashier Middle College Charter High School.

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