Retire in Greenville

Best Retirement City - Greenville

See why many believe that Greenville is the best city to retire

Referred to as one of "America's Best Downtowns" by Forbes magazine, Greenville, SC boasts a unique blend of natural beauty in a thriving urban area. Set against a picturesque backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville residents have ample access to outdoor activities such as hiking and biking on local trails, or kayaking and fishing in surrounding lakes and rivers. The downtown area wasn't voted one of America's best for no reason; there are a variety of restaurants, boutique shops, and entertainment. Top it all off with warm weather and a reasonable cost of living, and Greenville is an ideal location that many retirees call home. Greenville is comprised of a handful of different neighborhoods, with Simpsonville and Travelers Rest to name a few. Simpsonville is about 10-15 minutes south of downtown Greenville, and contains mostly newer homes where you can get a bit more bang for your buck. Travelers Rest is north of downtown, and is also an up and coming area which is popular with younger families. Click on the above tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Greenville.

City Highlights

  1. Vibrant downtown area
  2. Ample outdoor activities
  3. Strong healthcare
  4. Low unemployment rate for retirees
  5. Easy access to interstate highways

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Slightly higher crime rate

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 40,793

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Charlotte, NC

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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