Located in the isothermal belt tucked under the Blue Ridge, Polk County is blessed with temperate climate and diverse terrain that attracts many retirees and businesses—the equestrian and wine business and alternative farming thrive here.
Tryon, Saluda, and Columbus are the primary towns in the county. All these offer lively downtown areas with local shopping, dining, and friendly people. These towns are surrounded by beautiful mountains, waterfalls, and parks.
Education and volunteerism are highly valued. School systems are well funded and highly rated. Large numbers of volunteers, especially in the rich, diverse art community that thrives here, help the area prosper.
Entrepreneurs are welcomed enthusiastically and there are many resources that help them succeed. Close proximity to larger markets such as Greenville – Spartanburg in SC and Charlotte simplify doing business in the area.
The combination of delightful weather, good access to larger markets, great schools, an active, involved retiree population, and a growing agri-based economy creates a vibrant quality of life for area residents.