Greenville, NC

   Greenville, the hub of eastern North Carolina, is located about an hour from the state capitol of Raleigh and just over an hour from the beach towns of the southern Outer Banks.

   It's a vibrant, verdant city boasting a world-class regional medical center (Vidant Medical Center) and one of the state's largest universities (East Carolina University).



Greenville, NC, Little League Baseball players (Photo by Bee There Media)

    Greenville offers something rare in today's fast-paced society -- a small town ambiance ideal for family, work and play combined with all the “big city” amenities like shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, education and superb health care.



Pitt County Courthouse in Greenville, NC (Web photo)

   Greenville is the 10th largest city in North Carolina according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with a population of 90,597 on July 1, 2015. The city has grown by more than 7% since 2010.

   Greenville, the county seat of Pitt County, is located along the Tar River in the Tidewater area of North Carolina.

   Greenville's average temperature is a mild 61.6 degrees, with an annual snowfall of just 4 inches, according to U.S. Climate Data.



Greenville, NC, City Hall (Photo from Greenville, NC Facebook page)

Accolades

  • Named one of the Top 10 Micro American Cities of the Future in two categories by The Financial Times' fDi Magazine (2017)
  • Named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" in the nation (2008, 2010)
  • Ranked in the Top 10 of the nation's "Best Small Places for Business and Careers" by Forbes Magazine (2012)
  • Ranked 24th in mid-city business growth and development by Forbes Magazine (2010)
  • Almost 30 percent of residents have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, the fifth highest percentage of residents in North Carolina.



The ECU Pirates football team takes the field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Photo by Bee There Media)

   Greenville is one of the top college towns in America according to Fansided, a division of Sports Illustrated.

   In 2016, Greenville was ranked No. 25 on the list of the Top 26 college towns, along with Athens, Ga.; Knoxville; Oxford, Miss.; and Chapel Hill (the only other North Carolina location on the list.)

   The article says that Greenville is home to "one of the funnest schools on the East Coast."

   "Some colleges across the nation do so much more than unite their student body; they unite their entire towns as well," the article states.

   "What makes Greenville — known as 'G-Vegas' to many of the locals — the ideal college town, though, is its always unwavering support of the Pirates."

   Greenville residents -- whether they are ECU alums or not -- wear the Pirates' purple and gold colors on game day, tailgate before football games and buy tickets to help fill the 50,719 seats at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Uptown Greenville organization holds a Freeboot Friday block party before home football games and Greenvillians support concerts, the annual Pigskin Pigout and other events sponsored by ECU.



Grady-White Boats, built in Greenville, NC (Grady-White photo)

Businesses

   With its mild, humid climate and rich soil, Greenville's early economy was agricultural. Tobacco buyers from around the world traveled to the annual markets in Greenville to purchase locally grown tobacco for their companies

   In the late 1960s, Burroughs Wellcome, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer and research firm, built a facility in Greenville. It's now operated by Pantheon pharmaceuticals and employs about 1,200 people.

   Other major industries in Greenville include:

   In December 2016, the Greenville Metropolitan Area was ranked among the top 100 small cities in the United States for jobs and economic growth by the nonpartisan economic think tank The Milken Institute.

   The 2016 Best-Performing Cities Index considers such factors as job growth, wage and salary growth, and technology growth.

   Greenville was ranked 91st in the United States and 6th in North Carolina.




Stallings Field at Elm Street Park, Greenville, NC (Photo by Bee There Media)
Sports & Recreation
   Greenville was named Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportstown USA" for the state of North Carolina in 2004. A dozen years later, the city has further solidified its reputation as a town that embraces sports and recreation.

    East Carolina University fields teams that compete in more than 20 NCAA and Olympic sports. The community, students and alumni -- known as the Pirate Nation -- support the college athletes enthusiastically, from the Boneyard student section at football games, the outfield Jungle at baseball games and the student-led Minges Maniacs at basketball games.