Greenville Ranks #1 as Most Affordable Outdoors Town in America

by | Aug 4, 2017 | Legal Tips

We love our outdoors across America, but many of the markets are so pricey today that participating in outdoor activities is relegated to just one or two weeks during a vacation.  Median home prices in Boulder, Colorado hit $570,000 in June 2017, Vail (Eagle County) $660,000. Telluride (San Miguel County) $735,000, and Aspen (Pitkin County) $2.425 million.  With the U.S. median home price now at $263,800, each of the aforementioned town’s home prices were more than double that of the country.

So where do people need to go to afford a home in a market with great outdoors activities?  The answer is simple, Greenville, South Carolina.  To answer that, put together a methodology to identify where the words AFFORDABLE and OUTDOORS could be used in the same sentence.  Their selection criteria included the following:

  • Number of National Parks within a 4-Hour Drive – Google Maps
  • Number of State Parks or Beaches Within a 1-Hour Drive – Google Maps
  • Restaurants With Outdoor Seating – Yelp
  • Annual Months of Mild Weather With Daily Highs 60 to 80 Degrees – National Weather Service
  • Bicycle-Friendliness Ratings – League of American Bicyclists
  • Median Home Prices  Less than $300,000 –

Here are the Top 10 Towns. I certainly agree with Greenville’s inclusion.  However, I would argue that Columbia should also be in the Top 10 since the Capital City is home to many wonderful state and national parks and is within a two-hour drive to the mountains and beach.

Information provided by: 

Ted C. Jones, PhD- Chief Economist-Senior Vice President Stewart Title Guaranty Company

Photo by Jason A G

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