Market Data & Rankings

Favorable Business Climate

Number One City for New Jobs this Spring
Forbes Magazine, March 2012

Number 1 Mico City for Foreign Direct Investment.
FDI Magazine, 2011

South Carolina ranked 8th best for its pro-business regulatory environment.
Forbes Magazine, 2010

South Carolina ranked among the nation's best locations for “Economic Growth Potential” (#1), “Wind Energy Manufacturing Leaders” (#2), “Automotive Manufacturing Strength” (#3), and “Best Business Climate” (#4)
Business Facilities 2010

South Carolina is # 4 in the Top 10 rankings of Pro-Business States
Pollina Corporate Real Estate 2010

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”

Nation's # 1 Metro for Economic Growth Potential
Business Facilities August 2009

South Carolina came in as one of the Top 10 Best States for Business
Chief Executive Magazine poll of CEO's, 2010

South Carolina's workforce was ranked 5th in the nation; 8th best for access to transportation in all its modes; and 6th best for the cost of doing business
CNBC America’s Top States for Business, 2010

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

Greenville has the second best favorable tax structure for businesses among mid-sized U.S. metropolitan areas
KPMG’s 2008 Competitive Alternatives: Focus on Tax Study

Greenville ranked # 5 in a list of “Affordable Places to Weather a Downturn”      2008

The Greenville Metropolitan area ranks within the top 10 percent of total U.S. engineering employment concentration
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 2007

Cost of Living

Affordable Quality of Life – 90.1
ACCRA Index Annual Average for 2010

City of Greenville is Top 10 Most Affordable Cities for 2010
Relocate America

Greenville Metro ranked # 19 in the Healthiest Housing Markets in 2010
Builder Magazine March 2010

Greenville Metro ranked #20 in America’s Best-Bang-for-Your-Buck Cities
Forbes December 2009

Top 10 Retirement Cities for 2010 (City of Greenville)
Relocate America

Greenville ranked 34th in lowest cost of living                                                      
Kiplinger’s “Best Cities 2009”


8 of 15 Greenville County Public High Schools in Top 6% Nationally
2010 Newsweek magazine

562 Greenville County teachers are National Board Certified Teachers, more than 29 states (2010)

Clemson ranked as 22nd Best National Public University                                                      
US News & World Report

Quality of Life

Top 15 Places for Young People.
Forbes Magazine 2011

Best Places to Live
Men’s Journal 2011

Metro ranked # 2 on the list of “Best Places to Live a Simple Life”                               
AARP Magazine 2009

Greenville Memorial Hospital has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in five specialties – Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders (#25), Digestive Disorders (#30) Heart & Heart Surgery (#43), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#44) and Orthopedics (#49)
U.S. News' 2009-10 publication of America’s Best Hospitals (2009)

Greenville’s Art Weekends ranked #46 out of 600 Fine Art Shows
Lawler’s Art Fair Sourcebook

Artisphere - one of the 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