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Boasting of having the only BMW manufacturing facility in North America, the City of Greer is one that has withstood time, including a threat to its very existence through its strong and close-knit community spirit.
Founded by the pioneer James Manning Greer in 1876, the city has seen its rise as a significant commercial hub thanks to the railways and the Interstate 85, which was opened in the early 1960s. The downtown was a thriving market bustling with Merchants, blacksmiths, and physicians attracting shoppers from Spartanburg and Greenville.
In the 1970s, with the Vietnam war still raging on, the influx of imports threatened to crush this thriving local industry, but the residents of Greer worked together to diversify their business interests and attract new industries.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greer is billed as one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing cities. The city’s northern boundaries offer a slice of the outdoors, offering vistas made up of mountains and lakes. The southern part of it plays host to a significant transportation artery via the I-85. Together, this city has the charms of a bustling, thriving, and vibrant life.
Education in Greer
What started out as a humble one-room log cabin eventually evolved into the first school, the Greer High School. Founded in 1895, this laid the early foundations of a robust education system in Greer.
Today they have a robust network of two elementary schools, one middle school, and 1 more high school, the Riverdale High School.
With a total of 12 schools and one private school, Greer students usually score higher than the South Carolina test averages at 62%.
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Climate in Greer
With a comfort index of 7.5 out of 10, Greer is one of the most pleasant places to be in when you are in South Carolina. One can enjoy beautiful sunny days, approximately 222 days in a year. (The national average is 205 days).
It also receives a higher rainfall at 51 inches on an average per year as compared to the US average of 38 inches.
Pleasant months in Greer are comprised of May, September, and October while July and January tend to be on the hotter side and may get uncomfortable. Summer highs reach around 90 degrees (still cooler than most places in South Carolina) in July, while January sees temperature drops ranging from 30-35 degrees.
Transportation in Greer
Located near the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, this city houses the South Carolina Inland port that facilitates intermodal transportation of containers by rail to the Port of Charleston.
The South Carolina Highways of 14, 80, 101, and 290 run through the city along with the US Highway 29 and the Greenville and Spartanburg connector, I-80.
Greer is also within a 20-mile radius from Donaldson Center Airport, Greenville Downtown Airport, and Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport, all of which are general aviation facilities.
Living in Greer
Spread over 25.52 sq mi, the City of Greer includes the picturesque Lake Robinson, Lake Apalache and Lake Cunningham. The South Tiger river runs through the northern part of the city making this a hidden haven for fishing enthusiasts.
There are currently 719 properties in Greer with the median listing price at $216,500 which is broken down to about $116 per square foot. The median rent stands at $888 currently.
Greer’s Central Business District, fondly referred to as the Greer Station, has become a local icon in itself with approximately 12 square blocks of retail, dining, entertainment, and professional service organizations. Greer Station has more than 40 buildings on the National Historic Register.
Things to Do in Greer
There are plenty of things for everyone to do in Greer, regardless of their age. Walkthrough the flea markets or shop at the iconic Greer Station, this city has quite a few surprises up its sleeve.
The city encourages its kids as well as those young at heart to enjoy the outdoors with open public parks and orchards. Around October, the city gets together to celebrate the Fall Festival with their prized peaches at the helm.
The city also remembers its senior citizens with the Parks and Recreation Department’s Seniors Out and Around (SOAR) program which offers everything from lunch programs to field trips.
From mountains to rivers, railways to waterways, this quaint city offers the best of the small-town charms and offers a wholesome community that’s much cherished by the residents of the proud city.
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