And back to today's topic....retirement in Greenville SC. Again, HUGE thanks to Wikipedia and Weather.com for providing a bunch of the info.
Greenville, South Carolina
|City of Greenville|
Skyline of Downtown Greenville
Location in South Carolina
|Country||United States of America|
|• Mayor||Knox H. White (R)|
|• City||67.7 km2 (26.1 sq mi)|
|• Land||67.3 km2 (26.0 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.2 km2 (0.1 sq mi) 0.23%|
|• Urban||829.4 km2 (320.3 sq mi)|
|• Metro||7,221 km2 (2,788 sq mi)|
|Elevation||294 m (966 ft)|
|• Rank||6th (SC)|
|• Density||911.7/km2 (2,361.4/sq mi)|
|• Urban||400,492 (US: 93rd)|
|• MSA||850,965 (US: 65th)|
|• CSA||1,438,550 (38th)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||29601-29617, 29698.|
|GNIS feature ID||1245842|
Greenville is the largest city in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson Combined Statistical Area. According to GSA Business Market Facts, the CSA had a population of 1,438,550 as of 2013, putting it in the position of largest in the state. The CSA, a 10-county region of northwestern South Carolina, is known as "The Upstate". Greenville is located approximately halfway between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina along Interstate 85, and its metropolitan area also includes Interstates 185 and 385.
Greenville has gained recognition in various national publications such as CNN Money, which ranked Greenville as one of the "Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S." Bloomberg named Greenville the 3rd Strongest Job Market, 2010; and Forbes named Greenville the 13th Best City for Young Professionals. Additionally, the state of South Carolina has been ranked within the top 10 fastest-growing states and economies by the U.S. Commerce Department.
Here's the average temperature and rainfall graphs from Weather.com:
ClimateGreenville, like much of the Piedmont region of the southeastern United States, has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with four distinct seasons; the city is part of USDA Hardiness zone 8a, transitioning to 7b in the northern and eastern suburbs. Winters are short and generally cool, with a January daily average of 42.2 °F (5.7 °C). On average, there are 59 nights per year that drop to or below freezing, and only 1.3 days that fail to rise above freezing. April is the driest month, with an average of 3.36 inches (85 mm) of precipitation.
Summers are hot and humid, with a daily average in July of 79.9 °F (26.6 °C). There is an average 43 days per year with highs at or above 90 °F (32 °C). Official record temperatures range from 107 °F (42 °C) on July 1, 2012, down to −6 °F (−21 °C) on January 30, 1966; the record cold daily maximum is 19 °F (−7 °C) on December 31, 1917, while, conversely, the record warm daily minimum is 80 °F (27 °C) on January 12, 1937, the last of three occasions. The average window for freezing temperatures is November 4 thru April 1, allowing a growing season of 217 days.
Precipitation is generally less frequent in autumn than spring, and on average, Greenville receives 47.2 inches (1,200 mm) of precipitation annually, which is somewhat evenly distributed throughout the year, although summer is slightly wetter; annual precipitation has historically ranged from 31.08 in (789 mm) in 2007 to 72.53 in (1,842 mm) in 1908. In addition, there is an average of 4.7 inches (11.9 cm) of snow, mainly in January thru March and rarely November or April, with more frequent ice storms and sleet mixed in with rain; seasonal snowfall has historically ranged from trace amounts as recently as 2011–12 to 21.4 in (54 cm) in 1935–36. These storms can have a major impact on the area, as they often pull tree limbs down on power lines and make driving hazardous.