Upstate S.C. SunsetWhat is Upstate South Carolina


The Upstate of South Carolina is a ten county region in the northwest portion of South Carolina. Located in what is known as the Blue Ridge Region, the geography of the area is the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The Upstate area is ideal for people from all walks of life as it offers a variety of outdoor and arts related activities as well as a host of festivals of all kinds.


Some of the economic details for the area are:

    - Over 250 international firms located here representing 24 countries - Major area companies include: BMW, Michelin, St. Jude’s Medical, Fuji, Sterilite, General Electric, Pfizer/Capsugel, Fluor
     - Home to Clemson’s University’s International Center for Automotive Research and several other research facilities—Biotech Research Complex, Greenwood Genetic Center
     - A financial hub including every bank in SE with several maintaining SC headquarters here
     - Greenville is the retail hub for the upstate with major shopping areas including Haywood Mall, Shops at Greenridge, The Point, and Magnolia Park


Demographics for the region:

- Population: 1.33 million

- Average Household Income: $55,256

- Average Median Age: 37

- 19.5% increase in population since 1990

- Location: Greenville is on I-85 centrally located between Atlanta and Charlotte; only 200 miles from Charleston’s port



- 23 universities and colleges with more than 80,000 enrolled

- 10 major research universities in close proximity of Upstate

More information from Upstate SC Alliance, Greenville Area Development Corp., Greenville Better Business Bureau and Wikipedia