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One of South Carolina’s fastest-growing cities, Greer is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains — in the heart of the state’s bustling Upstate region.
The city offers beautiful scenery with vistas that include both mountains and lakes. Families and young professionals have discovered the city’s first-rate services, outstanding park facilities and recreation programs, and big-city amenities while preserving a small-town feel.
Spanning more than 20 square miles, Greer’s city limits to the north offer outdoor recreation at Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham, while the city’s southern boundary includes a major transportation corridor with Interstate 85 and the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, as well as BMW's only United States manufacturing facility. The latter gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about BMW through the Zentrum museum and plant tours.
Greer's Central Business District, also known as Greer Station, has become a destination in itself with approximately 12 square blocks of retail, dining, entertainment, and professional service organizations. Greer Station has more than 40 buildings on the National Historic Register.
A highlight during the summer season is “Tunes in the Park,” a Friday evening concert series that draws hundreds of music lovers who enjoy songs under the stars. Visitors also flock to such downtown festivals as Greer Family Fest, Oktoberfest, Chili Cook Off, and Wing Fling.
Greer Station took on a new look in 2008 as new municipal facilities opened to serve the public. A two-story Police and Court Complex anchors the west boundary of Greer Station, while the new three-story Greer City Hall and 12-acre City Park are just two blocks to the east. City Hall includes an entire floor dedicated to public space, with a 4,500-square-foot events hall available for conventions, receptions, and galas.
Just steps from the events hall, City Park includes a large fountain timed to music, an amphitheater for public concerts and ceremonies, a children's play area, walking trails, a picnic shelter, a pond, and ample green space for family fun. The city’s events staff keeps City Park the center of recreation in Greer, planning concerts and family festivals throughout the year. Freedom Blast, the City of Greer's annual independence celebration at City Park is a day full of music, fun, and fireworks not to be missed.
The Greer Cultural Arts Council keeps visual and theater arts thriving in the city, offering classes for budding and experienced artists of all ages and staging high-quality performances through the Greer Children’s Theatre.
Highway 29 extends from Greenville to Spartanburg and passes just north of Greer’s main business district. However, you will find nearly anything you may need on that stretch of highway in Greer. From fast food or fine dining to charming boutiques and chain department stores, it is a vibrant commercial corridor in the city.
In addition to the BMW manufacturing plant, Greer is the longtime home of the North American Headquarters for Michelin North America and Mitsubishi Polyester Inc. South Carolina Ports in 2013 opened its Inland Port at Greer, just the second facility of its kind on the East Coast.
In 1990, Greer’s population was just over 10,000. That number topped 25,000 in 2010 and may climb to 40,000 residents by 2020 according to U.S. Census Bureau forecasts.
Come experience the growing excitement in Greer!