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Greenville is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area, commonly referred to as the Upstate, includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens and Cherokee counties and the cities of Anderson, Clemson, Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer and Spartanburg, along with a number of suburban communities, including the seminary's home, Taylors. Our moderate climate offers a full change of seasons. The average annual temp is 59 degrees F with an average rainfall of 50.45 inches and an average snowfall of 1.20 inches per year.
- Average January minimum.......32 F
- Average July maximum..............89 F
- Days with maximum of 90 F or above..............36.2
- Days with minimum of 32 F or below...............65.7
Greenville County is South Carolina's most populous county with more than 350,000 residents. Approximately 56,000 live within Greenville city limits.
Greenville has a rich history of diverse living environments and neighborhood identity, and offers housing options within traditional older neighborhoods, vibrant growing suburbs, or the heart of a bustling downtown with its scenic River Walk and Falls Park. There are many other parks, a zoo, hiking and biking trails, and other recreational opportunities. In the past twenty years, Greenville has experienced massive economic development with over millions of dollars in new residential and commercial construction and additional millions in renovations in the City's older neighborhoods.
Downtown Greenville is the arts and entertainment epicenter for the Upstate South with live entertainment ranging from ballet and symphony to hockey and indoor football. Local theater companies provide intimate settings for performances, while the Peace Center for the Performing Arts hosts major productions on three performance stages including an outdoor amphitheater. The Bon Secours Arena seats 17,000 and hosts athletic events as well as major concerts and family entertainment. The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery offers one of the most recognized collections of religious artwork in the nation, including works by such artists as Dolci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titan and Van Dyck. The nationally recognized Greenville County Art Museum has an exquisite collection as well.
Visit Heritage Green, the city's urban and cultural arts complex. Click here for more information on entertainment and culture. TD Convention Center, one of the largest exposition facilities in the southeast with 368,000 square feet of exhibit space in four halls. The Carolina First Center is a popular regional destination for corporate meetings, tradeshows, banquets, and special events. Greenville is known for its outdoor entertainment which include Jazz Concerts, Farmer's Markets, and Moonlight Movies along the River.
Within the City of Greenville are 39 parks, playgrounds and recreation centers which include bike/jogging trails, miniature golf course, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, playground structures, picnic shelters and ball fields for a total of 452 acres of park space. For additional information on things to do and see in Greenville, click here. The International Center of the Upstate (ICU) welcomes local and international residents from many different countries and provides opportunities for people to learn about other cultures. The International Center offers programs, language classes, workshops, and social events for Upstate residents; serves as a liaison to all international groups in the area; and provides business consulting services for international companies and employees. ICU's mission is to promote cross-cultural diversity and understanding in the community. The International Center is open Mon-Fri 9 am-noon and is located on the ground floor of City Hall, 206 S. Main St., Greenville. Website: www.internationalupstate.org