Simpsonville is a small southeastern suburb of Greenville in South Carolina. A mainly residential town, Simpsonville has a tight-knit community with seasonal and holiday events, a local farmers market, and active golf clubs. Its four distinct seasons and proximity to Greenville make it popular for retirees seeking the charm of a small town and the amenities of a bigger city.
Climate & Geography
Located in Northwestern South Carolina, Simpsonville has a humid subtropical climate typical of the region. The city experiences four distinct seasons, with hot, humid summers and short, cool winters. Residents can expect higher than average rainfall, especially in the late summer, and less than average snowfall. There is also, on average, 224 days of sun each year.
Simpsonville is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and features a hilly terrain. The mountains help protect the area from extreme cold winds from the north.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
One of Simpsonville’s most popular outdoor destinations is Heritage Park, which features a large amphitheatre that hosts concerts, shows, and community events. More festivals and events occur in the downtown area, like the Simpsonville Farmers Market every Saturday.
For more outdoor recreation, residents can golf at one of several country clubs in the region. In addition, Lake Conestee Nature Park, a 400-acre park with 12 miles of trails, is northwest of the city.
Greenville, located just 20 minutes northwest, also has plenty of amenities including high-end shopping, breweries, museums, and upscale restaurants.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Simpsonville’s cost of living is close to the national average. Transportation, groceries, and health care costs are all below average, whereas utilities and housing are above average.
South Carolina does not tax Social Security, and though it does tax other forms of retirement income, they are largely deductible. In addition, the state has some of the lowest property taxes with a Homestead Exemption available for primary residents. Sales taxes are somewhat higher than average.
The Greenville metro area ranks in the top 70 communities according to Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Simpsonville has one hospital in its borders, Prisma Health Hillcrest Hospital. The closest U.S. News nationally ranked hospital is Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Also in Greenville are high performing Prisma Health Patewood Hospital and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System-Greenville, the latter of which is ranked the No. 2 hospital in the state.