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Folks: May have a job opportunity that will entail working in both Greenville and Columbia SC. I suspect that 60-70% of my work time will be in Columbia. The question is which city to live... Greenville, Columbia, or somewhere in between. My wife and I have a 15-year daughter (no pics) so schools are really important. Live in a college town now (Iowa City) and we enjoy the amenities that go with this. Thoughts of any Spartans in this area? Thanks.
Ty Hallock grew up in Greenville, and except for his occasional slurp-fest with Huge, he seems like a pretty good guy.
Dee Cook, long time Board of Regent douche, lives in Greenville as well.
Columbia SC does not have that " school town " feel to it that East Lansing, South Bend or Ann Arbor does.
Very familiar with SC. Grew up with Charleston as my second home. Greenville (pronounced Green-vull if you're from the south) is your choice here. Great downtown area. Minor league baseball (Red Sox affiliate). Public schools are some of the best in SC. Awesome place for a young family. Greenville Senior High School is a top 10 HS in SC according to US News. Agree with previous poster that Columbia lacks the college town feel.
"I didn't come here to be dragged into the graveyard. I came here to win, to win championships." - MD
Thanks Blake. I should have stated Greenville, SC! Forgot about Greenville MI.
Between Greenville and Columbia, my vote is for Greenville, Forks down. Have you thought about living in the Charlotte area. Charlotte has nice suburbs and you are 1 hour from Columbia and 1.25 hrs from Greenville. Charlotte's schools are better and ranked higher than the best schools in SC.
BTW, I live in SC, 10 miles south of Charlotte.
Greenville hands down. Beautiful CLEAN downtown, live music outside every weekend during summer, plenty of good stuff to eat. No contest...
I live in Columbia. I'm stoked that I'm about the leave. That's all I really need to say.
Greenville, it's not even close. Great business climate, affordable living, Asheville an hour away, Atlanta two, mountains and lakes very close. Charleston a little over 3. Once you tour the cities, it will be obvious. Clean fun downtown, minor league sports, good restaurants and bars.
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Simpsonville would be a good place if you had to be in Columbia a lot.
Thanks folks. Plus Greenville contains "Green"!
Well there's not much in between... Greenville is a cooler town and close to the mountains. I like that area. But its up to you how much you want to drive.
Columbia is a military town so Greenville is the way to go.
And Spartanburg is close by ...
Greenville is a nice little city. Proximity to Charlotte is nice and, as someone else mentioned, the public schools are perceived to be better. If it matters to you, Greenville is famously evangelical and conservative (even for SC) and Columbia is the most progressive city in the state (still pretty conservative by Michigan standards). Minor league stadium is nice in Greenville, but nothing in Carolina beats USC baseball in Columbia - beautiful stadium and recent two time national champions. Greenville is definitely the more aesthetically pleasing of the two cities.
I lived in Columbia for two years and was ready to leave when I did. Time and distance has made me a little more fond of it though. Surprisingly good restaurant scene. The university adds a nice feel that you can't get in Greenville.
I'd probably give Greenville a try the second time around, but the drive from Greenville to Columbia would be killer to do on a regular basis. I wouldn't recommend anybody choose to do that 70% of the time.
Coming from where you are, you really should take into account the weather difference. I'd argue Columbia is the hottest city in SC due to all the concrete. I lived an hour south of columbia the rest of my life and it was definitely cooler. It's going to be hot in the summer wherever you are in the state, but I'd imagine Greenville is much better.
Regarding the heat, someone in Cola once told me, "The only thing separating Columbia from Hell is a screen door." Fitting for the city's "Famously Hot" moniker. Something about the city being a geographic "bowl," letting the heat settle in without any wind to move it out. That said, the whole damn state is beyond hot, so I'm not sure how much it matters.
Can't disagree with the last sentence. That's why I'm happy to finally be leaving.
I go to Greenville on business a few times a year. As others have said, the downtown is awesome. Really nice, good for couples or families to go and eat, walk around, etc.
I haven't been to Columbia, so I can't offer an opinion on the details, but its a bigger city if you want that.
I remember seeing some business or something between Greenville and Spartanburg that is called "SpartanGreen" or "GreenSpartan" or something like that.
My Spartan alum parents have lived in Greenville since 1980 and love it. Columbia is bigger and has the USC football but Gville is cooler both in temperature and level of hipness. It is in the foothills of the mountains whereas Columbia is just hot. My sister lived in Charlotte and lives it too so as others have said, you might also consider it. Good luck.
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