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Old 10-19-2017, 05:55 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate from Michigan to the Spartanburg area. We have 4 children ages 16, 14, 8, and 5. I work for the USPS so i can move my job there, but my husband would have to start from scratch to find work. He has experience working in plants that produce automotive parts. If anyone could provide information on schools in the area, job information, good areas for housing. A general feel of the area in general. Is this a good area to live in, to raise children in, to work in. Any and all information is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:35 AM
 
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Welcome to the forum, jenejacnkson1! Most of your questions can be answered by searching the forum- I moved here 3.5 years ago and found a wealth of information here before I got here. Many, many people from Michigan here; I think they comprise about a third of my neighborhood!

Here is the website for SC schools:https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/...ool-directory/. There are also many private schools, as well as a free online homeschool academy. I hesitate to recommend certain school districts, but there are two in particular in Spartanburg that are mentioned on this forum as being highly recommended.

For your husband, BMW as well as Michelin are not a bad drive from Spartsanburg.

Have you been to the area? If not, it's a great time for a visit!
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:27 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate from Michigan to the Spartanburg area. We have 4 children ages 16, 14, 8, and 5. I work for the USPS so i can move my job there, but my husband would have to start from scratch to find work. He has experience working in plants that produce automotive parts. If anyone could provide information on schools in the area, job information, good areas for housing. A general feel of the area in general. Is this a good area to live in, to raise children in, to work in. Any and all information is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Where in Spartanburg County are you seeking to locate?

Considering automotive manufactures and suppliers located in Greer and Duncan, I would advise checking out Duncan and Lyman.

If you are looking for public schools in Spartanburg County, there are seven districts:
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:35 AM
 
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I would recommend Spartanburg School districts 6,7,2,or 5. The High School for six is Dorman. The High School for seven is Spartanburg High. The High Schools for two is Boiling Springs and Chesnee. The the High School for six is Byrnes. Also there are several very good private schools here also. I am a retired school administrator and I know a lot about the schools in our area. As far as jobs for your husband. This is a great time to look. Everyday I read about either a new plant opening or expanding. As far as great neighborhoods for families, will depend on which schools you want your children to go to. I live on the eastside of Spartanburg. It is full of great neighborhoods. The westside has a ton of great neighborhoods. Boiling Springs has a ton of great neighborhoods. Spartanburg is a great place to raise a family! The quality of life and the schools here are incredible. What type of activities and or sports do your children participate in?
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate from Michigan to the Spartanburg area. We have 4 children ages 16, 14, 8, and 5. I work for the USPS so i can move my job there, but my husband would have to start from scratch to find work. He has experience working in plants that produce automotive parts. If anyone could provide information on schools in the area, job information, good areas for housing. A general feel of the area in general. Is this a good area to live in, to raise children in, to work in. Any and all information is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Why are you focusing on Spartanburg over Greenville? Both are similar but have some differences.

There are a lot of production jobs in the area, and the automotive sector in particular. We have BMW, Michelin (has several facilities), ZF transmissions, and quite a few other suppliers.

Schools vary a lot in quality. I'd suggest using the SC school report cards to gather data and start some initial research on schools. Note that they keep an archive that will let you go lack at several years of older data to get an idea of school performance over time (sites like great schools often look at only 1-2 years worth of data). The report cards focus mainly on standardized test scores so you will want to gather additional data but it is a good starting point. https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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As was mentioned, searching the forums will provide a lot of info.

Automotive Assembly: The ever expanding BMW plant ( MAU hires for them) located in Greer between Greenville & Spartanburg, employs over 9,000 people (announced in June they would add another 1,000 over next four years) with suppliers around the region, many within close proximity to i85,i26,i385 corridor. BMW is the largest US automotive exporter with many of the vehicles being sent by rail to the port in Charleston, SC (Just NorthWest of Charleston is also the Mercedes van line plant as well as the new Volvo plant being built as we speak).

This NorthWest region of SC (i85 corridor & surrounding counties), known as the "Upstate", is overall manufacturing related which in turn keeps cost of living down when compared to up north. That said, over the past few years this area has seen tremendous growth with many people moving down from areas North of here which has resulted in rising home prices and limited apartment availability. Unless you are closer to the mountains or south of i85 corridor then the Greenville/Spartanburg area is one big urban sprawl it seems. With i85 finally getting a well needed facelift and widening expect construction headaches for several more years so may want to consider that when locating a property. Will also mention there are several private schools in the area, mostly Christian/church affiliated ones.

You will find Spring and Fall are the most comfortable and winters much milder then up north with a few inches of short lived snow over the winter (mostly Jan-March), but summers can be hot and humid. You'll also find more electric heat then gas here with that.
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