Greenville Rankings

Greenville & South Carolina Rankings

Favorable Business Climate
  • Best Cities for Jobs Fall 2013 – Manpower Survey as reported in Forbes Magazine 
  • South Carolina’s workforce ranked #6 in the nation and 14th best for “cost of doing business” -CNBC’s 2011 Top States for Business
  • South Carolina ranked # 2 for “Automotive Manufacturing Strength” -Business Facilities 2011
  • South Carolina ranked # 3 for “Economic Growth Potential” -Business Facilities 2011
  • South Carolina ranked # 5 for “Best Business Climate” -Business Facilities 2011
  • South Carolina ranked # 8 for “Workforce Training” -Business Facilities 2011
  • South Carolina ranked # 8 for “Lowest Cost of Labor” -Business Facilities 2011
  • South Carolina is # 9 in the rankings of Pro-Business States for 2011 -Pollina Corporate Real Estate 2011
  • South Carolina ranked 11th most entrepreneur-friendly state in the Nation -Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council, 2011
  • South Carolina ranked #5 “Best Places to Do Business in the Country” -Site Selection Magazine 2010
  • South Carolina ranked 8th best for its pro-business regulatory environment. -Forbes Magazine, 2010
  • South Carolina came in as one of the Top Ten Best State for Business -Chief Executive, 2010 poll of CEOs
  • Greenville/Spartanburg area ranked #1 for Emerging Logistics / Distribution Growth Centers. -Business Facilities 2011
  • Charleston, SC was ranked #9 for Top Logistics / Distribution / Shipping Hubs -Business Facilities 2011
  • Greenville ranked # 1 among “micro cities of the future,” which includes cities with a population under 100,000 residents -fDi Magazine’s “2009/2010 North American Cities of the Future”                                                              
  • Greenville ranked in “30 Best Cities for Jobs” -Manpower Economic Outlook Survey 2011                     
  • Nations # 1 Metro  for Economic Growth Potential -Business Facilities August 2009
  • Greenville Metro ranked #46 Best Place for Business and Careers - Forbes December 2009
  • Top 10 Metro Areas for Drug and Pharmaceutical Industry -Business Facilities August 2009
Cost of Living
  • Affordable Quality of Life – 90.3 -ACCRA, Annual Average for 2010
  • Top 10 Most Affordable Cities for 2010 (City of Greenville) -Relocate America
  • Greenville Metro ranked # 19 in the Healthiest Housing Markets in 2010 -Builder Magazine March 2010
  • Top 10 Retirement Cities for 2010 (City of Greenville) -Relocate America
  • Greenville Metro ranked #20 in America’s Best-Bang-for-Your-Buck Cities -Forbes December 2009
  • 9 of 15 Greenville County Public High Schools in Top 6% Nationally -2011 Newsweek Magazine
  • With 605 Greenville County teachers who have achieved National Board Certification, Greenville Country schools ranks 11th in the country out of 13,862 school districts for the total number of NBC teachers and has more NBC teachers than 27 states (2010/2011)
  • Clemson ranked as 25th Best National Public University -US News & World Report 2011                             
Quality of Life
  • Downtown Greenville Chosen As A 'Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood' -Forbes, July 2013
  • Greenville, SC "The Next Big Food City of the South?" –Esquire Magazine 2013
  • Greenville, SC named America's 2nd Best Town Ever-Popular Vote Winner-Outside Magazine 2013
  • Greenville, SC's Falls Park on the Reedy named 9th Best Park in the US --TripAdvisor 2013
  • Greenville, SC named "Favorite Unexpected Vacation Destination" - O, The Oprah Magazine, 2012
  • Greenville, SC wins “Best of the Best” water taste test -American Water Works Association, 2011
  • Greenville, SC ranked 13th in the ranking of the “Top Metro Areas for Young Professionals” -Forbes Magazine 2011
  • Greenville, SC listed in the 10 best places to live in the U.S. -Relocate America 2011
  • Falls Park on the Reedy named as one of the top 15 parks in the country -US Airways in-flight Magazine 2011
  • Greenville highlighted as one of 18 towns that “are perfecting the art of living well”  -Men’s Journal 2011
  • Greenville Metro ranked # 2 on the list of “Best Places to Live a Simple Life”        -AARP Magazine 2009
  • Greenville ranked 189th for “Bohemian indicator” – concentration of writers, designers, musicians, actors and other artistic personnel -Kiplinger’s “Best Cities 2009”
  • Greenville Memorial Hospital has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in five specialties – Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders (#24), Digestive Disorders (#30), Heart & Heart Surgery (#43), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#44) and Orthopedics (#49) -U.S. News' 2009-10 guide to America’s Best Hospitals
  • Greenville’s Art Weekends ranked #46 out of 600 Fine Art Shows -Lawler’s Art Fair Sourcebook
  • Artisphere - Top 20 Events in the Southeast -Southeast Tourism Society December 2009
  • Downtown Greenville Great American Main Street Award -National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Greenville’s Main Street Named Great American Street -American Planning Association October 2009
  • Greenville ranks as one of the five best towns for living and bike riding -Bike Magazine