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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population89,745
Male Share of the Population45.6%
Female Share of the Population54.4%
Senior Citizens8.9%
Employed Population 16+42,587
Age of the Population26

Families

% of people married28.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.2%
Median Earnings25+$32,015
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,724
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,952

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,574
% Above Poverty Level68%
% Below Poverty Level32%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone36.1%
Median Gross Rent$742
Median House Value$148,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)48.7%
English8%
Irish7.5%
German7.1%
Italian3.2%
Scottish2.1%
French Except Basque1.5%
African1.3%
Polish1.2%
Arab0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Greek0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Russian0.4%
Palestinian0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Ghanaian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Czech0.1%
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Greenville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pitt County
Standard Zip Codes27834, 27858
P.O. Box Zip Codes27833, 27835, 27836
Phone Area Codes252
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.59
Approximate Longitude-77.37

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)

StationGREENVILLE
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp31 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
StationTARBORO 1 S
Distance20.7 miles
Jan Temp28 to 50 F
Apr Temp45 to 70 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationROCKY MOUNT 8 ESE
Distance26.3 miles
Jan Temp31 to 51 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ayden5,167$44,750
Bethel1,624$42,176
Farmville4,750$50,667
Grimesland451$39,375
Simpson375$65,833

Greenville Public Libraries

Sheppard Memorial Library
530 S EVANS ST
Greenville, North Carolina
(252) 329-4585

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Greenville Hospitals

Vidant Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2100 Stantonsburg Road
(252) 847-4451

Greenville Public Schools

Belvoir Elementary
2568 Nc 33 West
ZIP: 27834
(252) 752-6365
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Junius H Rose High
600 W Arlington Blvd
ZIP: 27834
(252) 321-3640
High
Total Enrollment 1440
Vidant Health
400 Spruce Street
ZIP: 27834
(252) 830-4228
Other
Total Enrollment 211
Falkland Elementary
503 Nc 121
ZIP: 27834
(252) 752-7820
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Pactolus
3405 Yankee Hall Rd
ZIP: 27834
(252) 752-6941
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Chicod
7557 Nc 43 South
ZIP: 27834
(252) 746-6742
Primary
Total Enrollment 940
Lakeforest Elementary
3300 Briarcliff Drive
ZIP: 27834
(252) 756-3941
Primary
Total Enrollment 878
Northwest Elementary
1471 Holland Road
ZIP: 27834
(252) 752-6329
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
South Greenville Elementary
811 Howell St
ZIP: 27834
(252) 756-7004
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
Wellcome Middle
3101 N Memorial Drive
ZIP: 27834
(252) 752-5938
Middle
Total Enrollment 455
Eastern Elementary
1700 Cedar Ln
ZIP: 27858
(252) 758-4813
Primary
Total Enrollment 680
E B Aycock Middle
1325 Red Banks Road
ZIP: 27858
(252) 756-4181
Middle
Total Enrollment 717
Wintergreen Primary
4710 County Home Road
ZIP: 27858
(252) 353-5270
Primary
Total Enrollment 776
Elmhurst Elementary
1815 W Berkley Rd
ZIP: 27858
(252) 756-0180
Primary
Total Enrollment 412
C M Eppes Middle
1100 South Elm Street
ZIP: 27858
(252) 757-2160
Middle
Total Enrollment 598
D H Conley High
2006 Worthington Rd
ZIP: 27858
(252) 756-3440
High
Total Enrollment 1644
Wahl Coates Elementary
2200 E 5th St
ZIP: 27858
(252) 752-2514
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Hope Middle
2995 Mills Road
ZIP: 27858
(252) 355-7071
Middle
Total Enrollment 715
Wintergreen Intermediate
4720 County Home Rd
ZIP: 27858
(252) 355-2411
Primary
Total Enrollment 741

Greenville Private Schools

Greenville Christian Academy
1621 Greenville Blvd Sw
ZIP: 27834
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 292
Calvary Christian Academy
1412 Holbert St
ZIP: 27834
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Community Christian Academy
2009 Pactolus Hwy
ZIP: 27834
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
The Oakwood School
4000 Macgregor Downs Rd
ZIP: 27834
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 339
The Greenville Learning Center
1101 S Elm St
ZIP: 27836
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
St Peter's School
2606 E 5th St
ZIP: 27858
Elementary
Total Enrollment 595
Trinity Christian School
3111 Golden Rd
ZIP: 27858
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 296
Children's Montessori School
100 Hungate Dr
ZIP: 27858
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
The Memorial Baptist Weekday
1510 Greenville Blvd Se
ZIP: 27858
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
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