Upstate South Carolina

Upstate SC

Discover what's different about the place we call home.


Upstate South Carolina is home to 250 international firms from 24 different countries, including BMW, Michelin, St. Jude’s Medical and General Electric. With $9.9 billion in capital investment and more than 25 thousand jobs since 2010, it’s no surprise that the Upstate continues to rank in Top Ten places to live, raise a family and start a business.

  • Population: 1.37 million
  • Average Household Income: $55,256

The Upstate has seen a 10% increase in population since 2000. That's no surprise seeing that in 2018 alone, there were 84 announcements from new or expanding companies in the Upstate area.

Consider expanding your business in Upstate South Carolina. You can take advantage of new markets, lower your operation costs, find a better workforce, and position your company for future long-term growth.

The Upstate is home to 23 universities and colleges with more than 80,000 enrolled students. There are 10 private sector and major university research facilities, including Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research.

Upstate South Carolina
Upstate South Carolina
Upstate South Carolina
Upstate South Carolina
Upstate South Carolina

Better for business

South Carolina population growth keeps trending upward.

It's estimated that South Carolina's population reached 5.15 million in 2019, up from 4.62 million at the 2010 Census. South Carolina currently enjoys a growth rate of 1.3%, which ranks 6th in the country.

1 - Greenville County

2018 – 513,431
2023 – 554,977

2 - Spartanburg County

2018 – 311,771
2023 – 330,347

3 - Cherokee County

2018 – 57,807
2023 – 58,991

4 - Union County

2018 – 28,164
2023 – 27,678

5 - Laurens County

2018 – 68,268
2023 – 69,447

6 - Greenwood County

2018 – 71,053
2023 – 72,257

7 - Abbeville County

2018 – 25,484
2023 – 25,455

8 - Anderson County

2018 – 201,906
2023 – 211,950

9 - Pickens County

2018 – 126,807
2023 – 132,421

10 - Oconee County

2018 – 77,725
2023 – 80,384

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You know your business better than anyone, just as we know ours.

At KDS, our brokers and advisors take the time to learn about your needs, hear about your goals and align your vision with your very best options, because being invested in the community means investing in you.

With over 100 years of combined leadership experience, we have the tools, resources, and insight of the Upstate market to offer you a wide range of commercial real estate services that are tailored to your business. Whether you’re looking for advice on a development, or are ready to make a sound commercial real estate investment, we provide the analysis and answers you need to build it without looking back.

If you're ready to get started, fill our the form on this page or give us a call today at 864-242-4200.

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