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Overview of the Greater Greenville Area
If you are reading this, you are already sold on the many desirable aspects of life and work in North Carolina.  As long-time residents already know and as newcomers quickly observe, Greenville and Pitt County are the hub of eastern North Carolina for residential, retail, health care, educational, cultural, culinary, recreational and sports activities.  Living in and around Greenville gives easy access to not only everything here, but also choice destinations within 60-90 minutes away, including the research triangle area—RDU airport, Chapel Hill-Cary-Raleigh-Durham—access to all things water-related—sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and along the Pamlico and Neuse rivers for boating, sailing, fishing—and historic sites like Beaufort, Bath and New Bern.


Whether you are into the rugged outdoors, the swanky or the quaint, or family-friendly neighborhoods, it is all here.  Beyond the immediate professional life on ECU’s east and west campuses, the ease and quality of life is very high for individuals as well as families with children.


There are many sources for detailed information, including several excellent books on the region.  Below are listed some cursory web sites and readily available Internet resources.  Enjoy!

Readily available books on the region:

  • The Newcomer’s Guide to North Carolina, 3rd edition, Bill Lee
  • Insiders’  Guide: North Carolina’s Outer Banks, 27th edition, Karen Bachman
  • Frommer’s The Carolinas & Georgia, 7th edition, Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince
  • Touring the Backroads of North Carolina’s Lower Coast, Daniel W. Barefoot
  • Young Readers’ Picturebook of Tar Heel Authors, Richard Walser
Maps and Driving Directions
Greenville - Major Roads
Medical District (PCMH)
Brody Outpatient Complex
East Carolina University
Driving Directions
Lodging and Hotel Information
Community Information/Population
Greenville is located in the Coastal Plains section of North Carolina, in Pitt County, of which it is the county seat; 84 miles east of Raleigh, 157 miles south of Richmond, VA and 265 miles south of Washington, DC.

POPULATION - 2005 Census

  • Pitt County - 138,690
  • Greenville - 70,000
  • Ayden - 4,624
  • Bethel - 1,669
  • Grifton - 2,219
  • Grimesland - 459
  • Farmville - 4,601
  • Fountain - 536
  • Simpson - 464
  • Winterville - 5,402 

Average climate - 60 degrees.
Average summer climate - 70 degrees.
Average winter climate - 43 degrees.
Average rainfall - 49 inches.
Growing season - 220 days.

Council / Manager Form. - The Council is composed of 6 members, one of whom is the Mayor.
Pitt County - Manager and Board of Commissioners composed of 9 members.

As of 2007, city: $ .56; county: $ .71 per $l00.00 assessed valuation

Products include boats, pharmaceutical products, electrical capacitors, plastic brushes, lumber, millwork, carpet yarns, eggs, stock feed, armature and motor works, leaf tobacco, fertilizer, soft drinks, bakery, dairy and meat products, monuments, machine works, concrete products, daily newspaper, drill bits, fabrics, finished clothing, fork-lift trucks, furnaces, disposable diapers, bed-liners, and rack and pinion components.

Education and Local Schools
The Greenville - Pitt County area boasts an abundance of educational opportunities. There are 25 public schools, 12 private schools, one community college and one university. Our schools consistently rank among the best in the state and are a primary reason for the quality of our workforce.

Daily Reflector Article: Magazine ranks J.H. Rose as a top high school.

List of Public Schools
Pitt County Schools Website
Pitt Community College
East Carolina University
The Brody School of Medicine

Greenville & Area Newspapers

Content and most links provided by the websites listed above in "Useful Links."