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Old 04-13-2011, 07:47 PM
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Location: Taylors, SC
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Default Greenville, SC vs Charleston, SC

What are the differences? Which is better to live? Better for jobs? Weather? Location? Anything else?

 
Old 04-13-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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What are the differences? Which is better to live? Better for jobs? Weather? Location? Anything else?
For jobs, it would be Greenville but everything else goes to Charleston. It's in a fantastic location, better scenery, weather, etc. It's got a beautiful downtown with nice historical buildings. It's my favorite city in the Southeast.
 
Old 04-13-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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This isn't fair.
 
Old 04-13-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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This isn't fair.
You'd be surprised. People in the Carolinas hold Greenville in high regard. It has a decent downtown, but people from the area love it...but ya from a national comparison this is not far.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 06:21 AM
 
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Charleston is way too touristy for me and I come from Orlando. Obviously, Orlando's tourists stay out of our downtown and city streets and limit themselves to the attractions area unlike Charleston's in which you see them on cheesy but fun ghost tours, horse carriage tours, duck tours, at the market, in your restaurants, ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! So yeah I lived in Spartanburg for a very long year and Greenville was my only salvation. Neat shops, cute DT with life, it was great. For me I loved being close to the mountains but dreaded the drive to the coast.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 12:32 PM
Status: "Where has summer gone??" (set 28 days ago)
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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Charleston is way too touristy for me and I come from Orlando. Obviously, Orlando's tourists stay out of our downtown and city streets and limit themselves to the attractions area unlike Charleston's in which you see them on cheesy but fun ghost tours, horse carriage tours, duck tours, at the market, in your restaurants, ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! So yeah I lived in Spartanburg for a very long year and Greenville was my only salvation. Neat shops, cute DT with life, it was great. For me I loved being close to the mountains but dreaded the drive to the coast.
It seems like Charleston is a place to visit and Greenville is a better place to live? Too bad Greenville wasn't located where Columbia is. The drive to the beach and mountains would be more reasonable.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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It seems like Charleston is a place to visit and Greenville is a better place to live? Too bad Greenville wasn't located where Columbia is. The drive to the beach and mountains would be more reasonable.
Ugh, Columbia is not where you want to be haha.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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Too bad Greenville wasn't located where Columbia is. The drive to the beach and mountains would be more reasonable.
You're kidding right? Greenville is in a geographically beautiful area with the mountains "in your face". Columbia is in the mostly flat, hot, geographically boring midlands....eeek.

I'm not originally from Greenville, but I found it, fell in love and moved to Greenville.

For your comparison both have positives and negatives:
- For an urban vibe and beautiful architecture, Charleston wins, though Greenville does have a great downtown.
- For business, Greenville wins, though Charleston is up and coming with the likes of Boeing.
- For schools (K-12), Greenville wins.
- For colleges, Charleston wins.
- For shopping, Charleston wins with King Street, though Greenville has been up and coming with Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Apple, REI, etc.
- For weather, I have to say Greenville wins....more a 4 true season type weather. I think the biggest weather related issue for me are the bugs/mosquitoes....in Charleston, mosquitoes will eat you alive.
- Cost of living, similar in all regards except housing prices, which are much higher in Charleston.
- Transportation. Equal. Southwest Airlines just started service in both cities. Major interstates for both.
- Medical, Charleston wins, as it has the huge Medical University of SC.
- People, both have friendly people. Charleston tips a bit more with old Southern money....Greenville tips a bit more with new money and European businessmen (thanks to BMW, Michelin, Bosch, ZF, etc).

In the end, I don't think you could go wrong with either. It really depends more on what you want.

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Old 04-14-2011, 06:13 PM
Status: "Where has summer gone??" (set 28 days ago)
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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You're kidding right? Greenville is in a geographically beautiful area with the mountains "in your face". Columbia is in the mostly flat, hot, geographically boring midlands....eeek.

I'm not originally from Greenville, but I found it, fell in love and moved to Greenville.

For your comparison both have positives and negatives:
- For an urban vibe and beautiful architecture, Charleston wins, though Greenville does have a great downtown.
- For business, Greenville wins, though Charleston is up and coming with the likes of Boeing.
- For schools (K-12), Greenville wins.
- For colleges, Charleston wins.
- For shopping, Charleston wins with King Street, though Greenville has been up and coming with Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Apple, REI, etc.
- For weather, I have to say Greenville wins....more a 4 true season type weather. I think the biggest weather related issue for me are the bugs/mosquitoes....in Charleston, mosquitoes will eat you alive.
- Cost of living, similar in all regards except housing prices, which are much higher in Charleston.
- Transportation. Equal. Southwest Airlines just started service in both cities. Major interstates for both.
- Medical, Charleston wins, as it has the huge Medical University of SC.
- People, both have friendly people. Charleston tips a bit more with old Southern money....Greenville tips a bit more with new money and European businessmen (thanks to BMW, Michelin, Bosch, ZF, etc).

In the end, I don't think you could go wrong with either. It really depends more on what you want.
I love Greenville from what I've researched. The downtown is awesome. I'm going to visit there in the near future. I may just have to sacrifice the beach. That's the only setback. I was thinking more Summerville if I chose Charleston.
 
Old 04-15-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Orlando Metro Area
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I love Greenville from what I've researched. The downtown is awesome. I'm going to visit there in the near future. I may just have to sacrifice the beach. That's the only setback. I was thinking more Summerville if I chose Charleston.
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It seems like Charleston is a place to visit and Greenville is a better place to live? Too bad Greenville wasn't located where Columbia is. The drive to the beach and mountains would be more reasonable.
Well I'd never want to lump Charleston into that category but no joke, you will see lots of tourists downtown unlike Greenville. Summerville is nice, just far out and feels it. My soon to be mother -in-law lives there and loves it. I agree that Columbia and it's location are not preferable but I know what you mean.
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