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Overview

Introduction to Greenville, North Carolina

The North Carolina city of Greenville, county seat of Pitt County, is located in the north central coastal plain region of eastern North Carolina, approximately 85 miles east of the state capital of Raleigh. Situated on the Tar River, Greenville is home to East Carolina University (ECU) and also to Pitt Community College.

Founded in 1771, the city's original name was Martinsborough, named after the Royal Governor Josiah Martin. In 1786, the name was changed to Greeneville to honor Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene, and was later shortened to Greenville. A major cotton export center during much of the 19th century, Greenville later became one of the state’s leading tobacco marketing and warehouse centers. Until the 1960's, the city's image was entrenched as a tobacco center which also housed a small state-supported college. But a booming enrollment rate at the former East Carolina Teachers College brought about a change in the school's name (to East Carolina University) and emphasis, marked by the growth and expansion of the ECU Medical School. Today Greenville is a major industrial and economic center for eastern North Carolina, with an economy based on education, medicine, and international manufacturing.

Recreation and Culture in Greenville

Greenville and Pitt County boast over 20 parks and numerous public pools, tennis courts and golf courses. The city-run Greenville Aquatics & Fitness Center, located in the Greenville Industrial Park, is a full-service wellness center with an Olympic-size indoor pool. Greenville also serves as a regional entertainment and cultural hub for all of eastern North Carolina. Local theater groups such as the Magnolia Arts Center and the Greenville Theater Project contribute heavily to the performing arts scene in the community. The Smiles and Frowns Playhouse has provided first-rate children's theatre in the city for almost twenty years. The Greenville Museum of Art is a fully accredited art museum offering both beginner and advanced instruction in all aspects of art. Other notable cultural sites include:

  • The May Museum and Park: Housed in an 1870s home, the museum chronicles the cultural and commercial heritage of Farmville and Western Pitt County.
  • The East Carolina Village of Yesteryear: A depiction of Pitt County life as it was from 1840 to 1940. Included are a country store, a log church, a traditional school house, farm machinery, and other period artifacts.
  • Wellington B. Gray Gallery: Located on the ECU campus, the gallery features exhibits of contemporary artists as well as student and faculty exhibitions.
  • The Ledonia Wright African-American Cultural Center: Houses ECU's 150-piece art collection made by the Kuba of Zaire.

East Carolina University maintains an extensive and very successful intercollegiate athletic program. Its sports teams, nicknamed the Pirates, compete in NCAA's Division I-A and participate in the Conference USA. The ECU baseball program has been nothing short of sensational, having recorded 54 winning seasons in the past 56 years. The Baseball Pirates, annually ranked as having one of the nation's top collegiate programs, have appeared in 22 NCAA Regional Tournaments and have won over 40 games in five of their last seven seasons. In football, ECU has had over 50 of its alumni selected in the NFL Draft since 1961 and has produced eight players who have played in Super Bowls dating back to 1985.

Fans of professional sports can find major league hockey action about an hour away in Raleigh, home to the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. A few minutes further west is the city of Durham, where Minor League Baseball's Durham Bulls reside. The Bulls are the AAA-affiliate of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and they play in the International League.

People

Total Population 88,598
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 8.6%
Employed Population 16+ 42,344
Age of the Population 26

Families

% of people married 28.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,892
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,220
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,414

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,788
% Above Poverty Level 67.5%
% Below Poverty Level 32.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $742
Median House Value $147,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 7.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Greenville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 71 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Pitt
Metro Area Greenville
Standard Zip Codes 27834, 27858
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27833, 27835, 27836
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.612
Longitude -77.377

Greenville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GREENVILLE
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Station TARBORO 1 S
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station ROCKY MOUNT 8 ESE
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Greenville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Carolina University (27834)

Pactolus (27834)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ayden 5,035 $40,600
Bethel 1,849 $40,200
Farmville 4,755 $48,580
Grimesland 421 $31,250
Simpson 383 $74,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Greenville Public Libraries

Library
Sheppard Memorial Library
530 SOUTH EVANS STREET
Greenville, North Carolina
(252) 329-4586
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Greenville Hospitals

PITT COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2100 STANTONSBURG RD, PO BOX 6028
(252) 847-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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