Just The Facts, Ma'am
Twelve square miles of land is home to an estimated (as of 2018) 21,240 persons. Fifty-seven policemen look after everyone. Greenville SC is 12 miles east of Easley and is the largest city closer than Charlotte, NC 100 miles away.
The history of Easley is a quiet one with no massive Indian raids or much of anything until the Civil War started. Easley began as Pickensville, after the Pendleton District was divided into Pickens and Anderson Counties in 1828.
Colonel Robert Elliott Holcombe and William King Easley co-founded the town. Holcombe was a farmer and miller while Easley was active in the secession movement and was a major in the Confederate army. Easley was an attorney after the war and was instrumental in bringing the railroad to the town. Holcombe was the first mayor and agent of the train depot. The town was chartered in 1873 as Easley, because Col. Holcombe didn't think his name sounded right and that Easley was more attractive.
Easley is in the upper portion of the state which is a little cooler than on the coast. The average daily temperature tops out in July and August at 85 degrees and in December and January at 30 degrees. In a year's time, you'll get about six inches of rain, unfortunately, with 90 percent humidity. You may get four inches of snow. Maybe. All in all, it's a pleasant climate, and we think you'll enjoy it.
The Easley area is heavily industrial owing to its textile operations in years past. However, that's changing over to more research and development as well as other professional occupations. For example, 20 percent of Easley residents work in education, social services, and health care. Eight percent of Easley residents work in the professional, scientific, and management sector, with six percent in fiance, insurance, and real estate. It's a diverse job market here in Easley, with only four percent unemployment.
Most of the preschools in the area are church-run as well as some of the private schools. Your children will attend one of five elementary schools, Gettys or Dacus middle school, and Easley High School. Of over 16,000 students, your kids will enjoy a student to teacher ratio of 17 to 1 with a typical class size of of 28 to 32. Test scores are at 45 percent which is eight percent below the national average. All of the schools are highly rated by SchoolDigger and Good Schools.
Seventy-five colleges and universities in and near Easley include Clemson University in Clemson SC, Anderson University in Anderson SC, North Greenville University in Tigerville SC, and Furman University, Greenville Technical College, and Bob Jones University in Greenville SC.
Depending what style home you like the most, you'll have a choice between Craftsman homes, mid-century modern, modern, and even a couple of log cabins and cottages. Homes range from two and three bedrooms with two to three baths on up to four and five bedrooms and baths. Prices span the low $100s up to $500,000.
Do you like hard wood floors and stone fireplaces? How does a spa master bath and a walk in closet the size of the bedroom grab you? Would you like a kitchen the size of Texas with an amazing island and lots of natural light? One of the great things about Easley SC is that there could be a home in Easley containing all you want in your dream home.
Dining And Entertainment
Well, that takes care of the important stuff, so let's get to the fun stuff. People come from all over the world to eat Southern food. With that said, if it isn't accompanied by Brunswick stew, hush puppies, and potato salad, it isn't Southern. Easley is justly famous for its Southern cookery. Some of the best are the family owned and operated eateries.
Randy Jones' Mutts BBQ is an Easley favorite. Mr. Jones brought his grandfather's hog roast on Thanksgiving into the present with open hickory wood fire-cooked meats like ribs, pulled pork, and barbecue sandwiches. Of course they're accompanied by hush puppies and Brunswick stew for the full Southern dining experience.
The Coyote Cafe is the quintessential coffee shop. Twenty-four hours after roasting, the coffee treats are in your cup. You can buy them by the pound to take home, too. While you're sipping, enjoy bacon, egg, and cheese bagels, muffins stuffed with fruit, or homemade oatmeal, shakes, and smoothies.
Feel like hitting a diner like the one on Happy Days? You can when you drive up to Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. You've never had a chili cheese dog as good as this one with scrumptious toppings or an actual steak burger with thinly sliced steak piled on a bun. You can get your steakburger single, double, or triple stacked with all the usual toppings and a plate full of fries. Don't forget to make room for the frozen custard in lots of delicious variations like turtle sundae or brownie delight.
Attractions in Easley SC is partly history and partly the wonders of nature. Sometimes historical sites merge with natural sites such as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. Lakes and rivers provide residents with hiking, swimming, fishing, and boating pleasures. The South Carolina Botanical Gardens are just beautiful. Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Easley offers residents lots of beauty and fun.
Don't miss Tiny Town, Easley's miniature town set to lights. Museums, historical tours, white water rafting, plantation tours, parks, a trampoline arena, Kids Planet at Century Park, skating, bowling, tennis, golf, movies, and farmer's markets are only a few of the attractions Easley has to offer new residents.
Offers And Discounts
Although the economy at present isn't so bad, people still look for bargains whenever they present themselves. While coupons and discounts on food and restaurants abound, there are also decent discounts on services you might find interesting:
- Get $10 off an oil change at Valvoline
- Advance Auto Parts and Auto Zone offer percentages off purchases
- Get three months free when you get a one year lease on a mailbox at the UPS store
- Get dollars off games at Game Stop
- Big Lots and Home Depot offer dollars off merchandise
- So does Sherwin Williams, Staples, and Hallmark
- Belk and Back Room Shoes offer dollars off merchandise
- If you'll be putting up visiting family and friends, check with the local hotels for any discounts.
- You'll be doing your taxes soon, if you haven't already. H&R Block offers $25 off tax prep
Snuggled into the mountains, Easley is a small town with that small-town, neighborly aura going on. Historically speaking, Easley has enjoyed being the crossroads of history and industry. The schools are highly rated, the homes are varied and affordable, and there's plenty to do and see. Greenville is nearby with a variety of attractions, industry, and events. We think you'll enjoy living here, so welcome home!