Greenville NC Description
One of North Carolina's fastest growing cities is Greenville, located in Pitt County on the Tar River. It has been stated by American Demographics Magazine, to be ranked among the top 10 places in America for growth rate of both population and employment over the next twenty years.
Greenville is a vibrant business community that is known as the cultural, economical, and educational hub of Eastern North Carolina. This well-established city was given the name “Sportstown USA” of North Carolina in 2004 by Sports Illustrated and the National Parks & Recreation Association. It was also given the title “Pro Town USA” for being home to for many top professional BMX riders, such as Dave Mirra and Ryan Nyquist.
As of the year 2000, Greenville had a total population of 60,476. In 2005, it was estimated that the city's population was near 85,000. The Greenville Metro Area includes approximately 148,000 residents. It is the county seat of Pitt County and the home of East Carolina University.
Greenville is also the birthplace of the Atlanta Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler, the late Chic bass player and producer Bernard Edwards, rapper Petey Pablo, and world famous Jazz pianist, composer, teacher and lecturer Billy Taylor.
Greenville is located at 35°36'6" North, 77°22'21" West (35.601613, -77.372366)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 68.0 km² (26.3 mi²). 66.3 km² (25.6 mi²) of it is land and 1.8 km² (0.7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.59% water.
As of the year 2000, there are 60,476 people, 25,204 households, and 11,997 families residing in the city of Greenville. The population density is 912.8/km² (2,364.6/mi²). There are 28,145 housing units at an average density of 424.8/km² (1,100.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 61.40% Caucasian, 34.14% African American, 2.06% Hispanic or Latino, 1.82% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.30% Native American, 1.01% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races.
There are 25,204 households out of which 23.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.8% are married couples living together, 13.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 52.4% are non-families. 35.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is made up of 2.18 people and the average family size is made up of 2.91 people.
In the city the population is spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 28.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 15.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 26 years. For every 100 females there are 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $28,648, and the median income for a family is $44,491. The median income for males is $31,847 and $26,324 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,476. 26.1% of the population and 15.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.1% of those under the age of 18 and 20.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Greenville serves as a regional entertainment hub for all of Eastern North Carolina.
The city has a vast array of local and national-chain restaurants to satisfy all tastes.
The retail sector offers shoppers varieties in price, selection, and style, bringing shoppers to Greenville from all over Eastern North Carolina. Antique stores are scattered throughout the city and offer a number of unique treasures
East Carolina University offers world-class musical concerts, theatrical and dance productions, travel films, and lectures.
Greenville citizens have a great passion for the East Carolina University Pirates. ECU sporting events include football, basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, swimming and golf. People of all ages attend these sporting events and show their everlasting pride for the East Carolina Pirates.
Educational Institutions include East Carolina University and Pitt Community College.
Public schools include: Belvoir Elementary (K-5), C.M. Epps Middle School (6-8), Chicod School (K-8), D.H. Conley High School (9-12), Eastern Elementary (K-5), E.B. Aycock Middle School (6-8), Elmhurst Elementary (K-5), Falkland Elementary (K-5), Hope Middle School (6-8), J.H. Rose High School (9-12), Northwest Elementary (K-5), Pactolus Elementary (K-8), Sadie Saulter Elementary (K-5), South Greenville Elementary (K-5), Wahl-Coates Elementary (K-5), Wellcome Middle School (6-8), Wintergreen Intermediate (3-5) and Wintergreen Primary (K-2).
Private schools include: Calvary Christian Academy (K-12), Community Christian Academy (K-5), Greenville Christian Academy (PK-12), The Oakwood School (PK-12), St. Peter’s School (K-8), Trinity Christian School (PK-12) and Victory Christian Academy.
Greenville is centrally located within Eastern North Carolina. Several major U.S. and state highways converge in the area to provide easy access to the interstate highway system. A 42-mile beltway highway system around the city is expected to be completed by 2016. Two of the nation's most extensive and financially healthy railroads intersect in Greenville.
Greenville is close to these destinations:
- 1.5 hours to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
- 1.5 hours to Cape Hatteras National Seashore
- 1 hour to Raleigh, North Carolina
- 2 hours to Wilmington, North Carolina
- 2 hours to Virginia Beach, Virginia
- 2.5 hours to Richmond, Virginia
- 2.5 hours to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- 4 hours to Washington, DC
- 4.5 hours to Charlotte, North Carolina
Air services are available through Pitt-Greenville Airport with scheduled flights daily to Charlotte's Douglas International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport via USAirways.
The city of Greenville operates an efficient mass transit bus system known as the Greenville Area Rapid Transit or GREAT.
Greenville has one of the largest greenway systems in the south. This network of sidewalks, gravel, and paved trails are used for walking, biking, and jogging. The greenway connects neighborhoods to recreational areas and parks within the city, making the community a very inviting environment.
The Daily Reflector (www.reflector.com) serves as the main daily newspaper of Greenville. Other newspapers that serve the city include The Greenville Times, The East Carolinian, Pieces of Eight, and The Minority Voice. The Mixer and Go Family are free monthly magazines that focus on events in and around Greenville.
Greenville has eight broadcast TV stations: