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Information about Greenville, SC


Greenville is located in northwestern South Carolina in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, on the banks of the Reedy River, about 145 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia and 100 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Greenville's elevation is 1,000 - 3,500 feet above sea level.
Quick Facts about Greenville, SC

3 Sister Cities - Bergamo, Italy; Kortrijk Belgium; and Tianjin Free Trade Zone, People's Republic of China.

Latitude 34.85 Longitude 82.40

Greenville ZIP Codes 29601, 29605, 29607, 29609, 29611, 29615 / Greenville County, Area Code 864

Greenville's Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time: (GMT -5 hours, DST: GMT -4 hours). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

The amount of land area in Greenville is 65.005 sq. kilometers / 25.38 sq. miles.

Population in 2006 in Greenville county ca. 420,000
Population in 2006 in Greenville city limits ca. 56,000

Average highest temperature in July 88 Fahrenheit / 31 Grad Celsius and lowest average temperature 68 Fahrenheit / 20 Grad Celsius.
Average highest temperature in Januar is 50 Fahrenheit / 10 Grad Celsius and lowest average temperature 34 Fahrenheit / 1 Grad Celsius.

Electrical System is 120 V / 60 Hz.

International Phone Code for U.S. is 001 and the Greenville Area Code is 864. To call Greenville from abroad, call 001 + 864 + local number. To call international numbers from the U.S., call 011 + international code + area code + local number. To make a long distance call inside the U.S. call 1 + area code + local code.

For measurements use our -> conversion tables

5 % sales tax is added to the price of most goods and services. Certain counties and some services have an additional 1 % local sales tax.-> Tax Information.

It is common to tip for some services:
Waitress: 15-20 % of the bill
Taxi drivers: 15%
Hairdresser: 15%

Federal Holidays:
New Year's Day / January 1st
Martin Luther King Day / 3rd Monday in January
President's Day / in February
Memorial Day / Last Monday in May
Independence Day / July 4th
Labor Day / 1st Monday in September
Columbus Day / 2nd Monday in September
Veterans Day / in November
Thanksgiving / 4th Thursday in November
Christmas / December 25th

When a holiday falls on a non-workday -Saturday or Sunday- the holiday usually is observed on Monday or Friday.
If the holiday falls on Sunday it is observed on Monday; if the holiday falls on a Saturday the holiday usually is observed on Friday.


Total population Greenville County in 2003 -- 384,349
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Total population Greenville/ Spartanburg/ Anderson in 2003 -- 966,029
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Female -- 198,540
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Male -- 185.809
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Median Age -- 36.6
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Average household size -- 2.47
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Average family size -- 2.99
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Occupied housing units -- 155,485
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Vacant housing units -- 16,942
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Owner occupied -- 102,720
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Renter occupied -- 52,765
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

School enrollment -- 100,456
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

High School Graduates -- 74,916
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Some College -- 50,147
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Associate degree -- 21,437
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Bachelor's degree -- 51,172
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Graduate or professional degree -- 17.946
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

German ancestry -- 47,015
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Median household income -- 39,817
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Mean household income -- 53,622
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003

Per capita income -- 22,491
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003


Greenville-Quick facts from Census.gov


Population and Housing Profile: Greenville County, South Carolina
POPULATION OF Greenville County: In 2003, Greenville County had a household population of 384,000 - 199,000 (52 percent) females and 186,000 (48 percent) males. The median age was 36.6 years. Twenty-five percent of the population were under 18 years and 12 percent were 65 years and older.
For people reporting one race, 76 percent were White alone; 19 percent were Black or African American; less than 0.5 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 1 percent were Asian; less than 0.5 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 3 percent were Some other race. One percent reported Two or more races. Five percent of the people in Greenville County were Hispanic. Seventy-four percent of the people in Greenville County were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.

HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES: In 2003 there were 155,000 households in Greenville County. The average household size was 2.47 people.
Families made up 70 percent of the households in Greenville County that year. This figure includes both married-couple families (52 percent) and other families (18 percent). Non-family households made up 30 percent of all households in Greenville County. Most of the non-family households were people living alone, but some were comprised of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

NATIVITY AND LANGUAGE: Six percent of the people living in Greenville County in 2003 were foreign born. Ninety-four percent were native, including 62 percent who were born in South Carolina.
Among people at least five years old living in Greenville County in 2003, 9 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 65 percent spoke Spanish and 35 percent spoke some other language; 44 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."

GEOGRAPHIC MOBILITY: In 2003, 85 percent of the people at least one year old living in Greenville County were living in the same residence one year earlier; 11 percent had moved during the past year from another residence in the same county, 3 percent from another county in the same state, 1 percent from another state, and less than 0.5 percent from abroad.

EDUCATION: In 2003, 82 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 26 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. Among people 16 to 19 years old, 1 percent were dropouts; they were not enrolled in school and had not graduated from high school.
The total school enrollment in Greenville County was 100,000 in 2003. Preprimary school enrollment was 8,500 and elementary or high school enrollment was 72,000 children. College enrollment was 20,000.

DISABILITY: In Greenville County, among people at least five years old in 2003, 16 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 6 percent of people 5 to 20 years old, to 15 percent of people 21 to 64 years old, and to 41 percent of those 65 and older.

INDUSTRIES: In 2003, for the employed population 16 years and older, the leading industries in Greenville County were Manufacturing, 22 percent, and Educational, health, and social services, 15 percent

OCCUPATIONS AND TYPE OF EMPLOYER: Among the most common occupations were: Management, professional, and related occupations, 33 percent; Sales and office occupations, 27 percent; Production, transportation, and material moving occupations, 17 percent; Service occupations, 14 percent; and Construction, extraction, and maintenance occupations, 9 percent. Eighty-four percent of the people employed were Private wage and salary workers; 10 percent were Federal, state, or local government workers; and 6 percent were Self-employed.

TRAVEL TO WORK: Eighty-six percent of Greenville County workers drove to work alone in 2003, 10 percent carpooled, less than 0.5 percent took public transportation, and 1 percent used other means. The remaining 3 percent worked at home. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 21 minutes to get to work.

INCOME: The median income of households in Greenville County was $39,817. Eighty-three percent of the households received earnings and 16 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. Twenty-nine percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $12,576. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.

POVERTY AND PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS: In 2003, 13 percent of people were in poverty. Sixteen percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 14 percent of people 65 years old and over. Nine percent of all families and 19 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.

HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS: In 2003, Greenville County had a total of 172,000 housing units, 9.8 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 67 percent were in single-unit structures, 22 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 11 percent were mobile homes. Thirty percent of the housing units were built since 1990.

OCCUPIED HOUSING UNIT CHARACTERISTICS: In 2003, Greenville County had 155,000 occupied housing units - 103,000 (66 percent) owner occupied and 53,000 (34 percent) renter occupied. Two percent of the households did not have telephone service and 9 percent of the households did not have access to a car, truck, or van for private use. Multi-vehicle households were not rare. Forty percent had two vehicles and another 19 percent had three or more.

HOUSING COSTS: The median monthly housing costs for (specified) mortgaged owners was $1,108, (specified) non-mortgaged owners $274, and (specified) renters $572. Twenty-nine percent of owners with mortgages, 11 percent of owners without mortgages, and 52 percent of renters in Greenville County spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.
U.S.Census Bureau / 2003


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