Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg is the largest city in and the county seat of Spartanburg County. The population of Spartanburg County is over 293,000, and more than 860,000 people lie within its five county metropolitan statistical area. It is part of a 10-county region of northwest South Carolina known as “The Upstate.” We are located within easy driving distance to historic Charleston, South Carolina’s famous coastal resorts, the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, and major cities such as Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.
Spartanburg has four distinct seasons, although the winters are normally mild. The average annual temperature is 60°F. In the summer season from June through September the average temperature highs are in the mid 80’s to low 90’s, while in the winter months the average highs are in the mid 50’s. Spartanburg sees very little snowfall, averaging only about 1.5 inches per year.
Within and adjacent to the central city are eight institutions of higher education. Wofford College, Converse College, The University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Virginia College.
Spartanburg County is home to over 500 manufacturing firms and over 40 companies listed in the Fortune 500 Report. Michelin Tire Corporation, BMW, Amazon, Milliken, and QS/1 Data Systems are just a few of the companies that call Spartanburg home. Spartanburg has the largest per capita concentration of foreign-owned businesses in the United States with more than 80 international firms representing 19 countries and employing over 8000 people.
People are drawn to the area by a cost of living that is 10 percent lower than the national average. Housing is abundant and affordable, and top-quality healthcare is easy to access.
Spartanburg is an active community. There are a wide range of cultural activities, from Broadway musicals to college football. The Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers are just a short drive away, and Spartanburg is the summer home of the Panther’s training camp. The Upstate is also home to the BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament, and the newly constructed Tryon International Equestrian Center is just minutes away. The Upstate’s many lakes, mountains and parks offer an impressive choice of recreational activities, including hiking, boating and camping.
The most important discovery you’ll find in Spartanburg and the Upstate of South Carolina is its people. You’ll find true hospitality, a community dedicated to spiritual, cultural, educational and economic growth; people who care and people you’ll be glad to call friends and neighbors. Discover Spartanburg – it’s a great place to call home.