Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.
South Carolina is home to one of the nation’s most beautiful and affordable cities to call home, new rankings show.
Greenville earned a spot on a list of top 10 places that offer scenery at lower costs for residents, according to results published Monday, March 27.
“When considering where to live in the U.S., it’s more important than ever to assess both the affordability and beauty of a location, especially with housing and living costs steadily rising,” Travel + Leisure magazine wrote in its report.
Greenville received recognition after the magazine said it considered two U.S. News & World Report rankings: the nation’s best and “most affordable places to live.” For those rankings, analysts used data from the federal government and other resources to consider costs of living, quality of life, jobs, population trends and public opinion about cities across the country.
Greenville was the only place in South Carolina to land in the top 10 of the Travel + Leisure list. The Upstate city of about 72,000 people received a nod for having downtown amenities that have the potential to attract new residents.
“Greenville, situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, is renowned for its lively downtown with exciting restaurants, unique boutiques, and picturesque views of Falls Park on the Reedy,” Travel + Leisure wrote.
The magazine also recognized the city for having a median home price of about $320,000, which is below the national median. Still, amid Greenville’s recent development, some residents have struggled to find affordable housing, The Greenville News reported in January.
Greenville is no stranger to earning spots on best-of lists. This year, its Falls Park on the Reedy ranked as one of the nation’s favorite parks, and Greenville County was named the No. 1 place to live in South Carolina.
On the latest list of most beautiful and affordable destinations, the other places in the top 10:
- Hickory, North Carolina
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
- South Bend, Indiana
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania