Summerville is the county’s largest city with an estimated population of more than 41,500. Summerville continues to attract families, business people and military personnel, all looking to improve their quality of life.
With a reputation as, ‘The Flower Town in the Pines, Summerville is known worldwide for its beautiful spring blossoms. Since the early 1900s tourists have flocked to the town in the early spring to enjoy millions of spring blossoms like azaleas in private and public gardens, including the mid-town Azalea Park.
Each spring, Summerville hosts the Flowertown Festival, where more than 300,000 visitors and residents enjoy contests, crafts, tours, exhibits, and other family activities - all amid azaleas and dogwood trees in full bloom.
The town boasts beautiful moss-draped streets and quaint Victorian homes mixed with progressive development. More than 50 subdivisions constructed within the past 12 years surround the immediate Summerville area. Housing ranges from economical prefabricated homes to country club residential developments and restored historic properties, many dating from the mid-1800′s.
Summerville participates with a Downtown Restoration Enhancement and Management Corporation (DREAM) and has many thriving fine arts, sports, museum, and preservation organizations. There are 700 local buildings on the National Historic Register.