Why Spartanburg?

Because we are...

Not a giant city. We are a community that allows ambitious young professionals to make an impact. Living here means being part of a welcoming community. A five-minute commute means more time sharing a drink with friends and less time stuck in traffic.

Our charm is equally attractive to small businesses and international corporate headquarters, making us a great place to start or grow your career. Endless outdoor activities. A vibrant arts scene. Opportunities to connect, professionally and socially. Find out why there’s only one. Spartanburg.

A hub for talent

Located along Interstate 85, between Charlotte and Atlanta, Spartanburg County is recognized globally for its thriving economy and commitment to innovation. We are home to more than 200 foreign-owned enterprises, including BMW’s largest plant in the world and the global headquarters of Milliken & Co.

Downtown Spartanburg - the heart of the county - boasts more than 19,000 jobs within 1.5 miles of Morgan Square - more than half of which are white collar. Six colleges call downtown home, fueling a vibrant city center that has seen more than $218 million in capital investment in the last decade.

Find out why SmartAsset listed Spartanburg as one of the Top 10 Cities for Career Opportunities in 2018.


A city where your dollar goes further

There’s a reason Indeed Hiring Lab listed Spartanburg No. 5 on its 2018 list of U.S. Cities Where Salaries Go Furthest.

In Spartanburg, you can live in the heart of our cultural and downtown business district and still have money left in your budget to dine, dance and travel. The median one-bed apartment rental rate is about $950 per month, with two-bed units around $1,250 per month.

If you want to live somewhere with charm, Spartanburg is the place to be. From the luxury lofts of Drayton Mills to the historic apartments of the Montgomery Building and Aug Smith on Main, Spartanburg has a variety of housing options.

Prefer to purchase a home? Choosing to live in the city means choosing a neighborhood— and Spartanburg is fortunate to have an abundance of great options. Many of the city’s neighborhoods are located within an easy walk or a short drive to downtown and feature a great mix of housing styles to appeal to families, empty-nesters and first-time homebuyers alike. In Spartanburg, when we say we'll see you in five minutes, we mean it.

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A hub for foodies

Looking for small-plate delicacies? Craft cocktails? Locally brewed beers and ciders? Spartanburg is home to an eclectic dining scene that is winning over the taste buds of visitors and publications nationwide.

Spartanburg County is home to two South Carolina Chef Ambassadors, 2018 honoree Sarah McClure of Southside Smokehouse and Grille, and 2017 honoree William Cribb, of Willy Taco, Cribbs Kitchen and The Kennedy, which was recently featured in Food & Wine Magazine.

Find something unique to drink at RJ Rockers, Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery and Holliday Brewing. Or, spend time with friends enjoying live music at the FR8 Yard, an open-air biergarten and social hub.

Whether you’re a foodie in search of fine fare or just looking for fun with friends, Spartanburg has you covered.


A hub for the arts

Spartanburg is home to South Carolina’s second Cultural Arts District, which includes 156 studios, nearly 80 works of public art and 1,872 events and festivals annually.

Here, the art scene is anchored by the Chapman Cultural Center, a $45-million facility that houses the Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg Art Museum and the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Downtown, the Hub City Writers Project, has published more than 700 writers in 80 books, renovated two historic buildings and given away more than $30,000 in scholarships to emerging authors.


A hub for recreation

From kayaking blueways to a day on one of our lakes, to mountain biking with friends to disc golf, Spartanburg County features a variety of outdoor activities sure to keep you active year round.

Spartanburg was the first community in South Carolina to be designated a Bicycle Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists, and we were the first community in the Southeast to adopt the BCycle bike sharing program. In addition to the Cottonwood Trail, plans are underway to develop a 32-mile connected trail system.

Looking for an afternoon walk with the dog? Check out the Mary Black Rail Trail, a 2-mile mixed-use path that sees more than 100,000 uses each year and connects to downtown. You can also see how fast you can run the 40-yard dash at South Carolina’s first NFL Play 60 park, and strike a few yoga poses on the trail’s dedicated stretch pad.

If you’re seeking something a little more strenuous, Spartanburg is home to a Spartan Race stop, where thousands of athletes navigate obstacles and compete for prizes in the mud and muck of a challenging course.

In addition to bike sharing, Spartanburg hosts the annual Assault on Mt. Mitchell each year, a 102-mile cycling climb from downtown to the mountains of Western North Carolina. And, if you’d rather just watch, join one of the tailgating tents during the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Criterium for the #FastestNight.


A community where you can make a difference

Spartanburg embraces volunteerism and public service. If you want to be involved, we’re the place where you can make your voice heard - and have a blast doing it.

Organizations such as Spartanburg Young Professionals and the United Way Young Leaders make it easy for you to engage, meet people and stay involved. And the Spartanburg social calendar is filled with events that make it easy for you to meet, greet and make a difference.

Put on an evening gown or tuxedo for the 1831 Gala or Tinis & Tapas, or break out your collegiate gear for the annual Tailgate Trot. Dance with friends to live music in an airplane hangar or ride a mechanical bull during Bacon and Bourbon Spartanburg. If you’re here, you’re among friends.