Introduction to Greenwood, South Carolina

Greenwood, South Carolina, in Greenwood county, is 47 miles S of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center)and 103 miles SW ofCharlotte, North Carolina The city has a population of 22,071.

Greenwood History

The town of Greenwood was established in the year 1824. The town’s name, Green Wood, was suggested by an early settler, John McGehee’s wife. When the community grew, the inhabitants of the city desired incorporation. The town was finally incorporated in 1857. Later that year, Greenwood was chartered as the county seat of Greenwood

Greenwood and nearby Attractions

  • Greenwood Museum
  • Abbeville-Greenwood Regional Library
  • Lupo Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Holy Redeemer Pentecostal Holiness Church
  • Railroad Historical Center?
  • Greenwood Memorial Gardens?

Things To Do In Greenwood

Tourist will never fall short of things to do in Greenwood. The uptown features many local restaurants, several shopping arcades, and an exciting array of annual events. The city has many historical places tourists can visit during their leisure time. The town also has many libraries which book lovers will enjoy.

Greenwood Transportation

The nearest international airport to the city is Greenville-Spartanburg International.

Greenwood Higher Education

Some of the nearby colleges that offer higher education to residents of the city are Tri-County Technical College, Bob Jones University, and Greenville Technical College.


Total Population 23,254
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,626
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 27.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $21,297
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,281
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,397


Median Family Income $30,331
% Above Poverty Level 65.1%
% Below Poverty Level 34.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $640
Median House Value $87,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 6.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Greenwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 47 miles S of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 103 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Greenwood
Standard Zip Codes 29646, 29649
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29648
Company Zip Codes 29647
Phone Area Codes 864
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.195
Longitude -82.161

Greenwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 74 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 46 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Station SALUDA
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Abbeville 5,197 $33,369
Cross Hill 523 $49,722
Hodges 132 $57,917
Ninety Six 2,011 $51,875
Ware Shoals 2,459 $36,691
Waterloo 160 $33,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Greenwood Public Libraries

Abbeville Greenwood Regional Library
Greenwood, South Carolina
(864) 941-4650

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Greenwood Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(864) 227-4111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Greenwood High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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Serves 936 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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