About Greenville

Greenville, North Carolina

Greenville is nestled along the south bank of the Tar River, which served long ago as the main means of transporting tobacco and cotton from this largely agricultural region. Greenville has evolved from being known as a agricultural marketplace to being primarily known as the home of East Carolina University. In 1977, ECU Medical School admitted its first four-year class of medical students. In 1999, East Carolina University Medical School changed its name to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in recognition of the tremendous support provided by the Brody family.

Greenville is one of 15 townships in Pitt County. It is the 10th largest city in North Carolina, with a population of 86,761 (2010). Greenville is located just 90 minutes from the beautiful North Carolina coast.

Current Greenville honors include:

  • January 2008 - one of the nation's "100 Best Communities for Young People" by the America's Promise Alliance.
  • March 2008 - in the top ten of the nation's "Best Places for Business and Careers" by Forbes Magazine.
  • 2004 - named Sportstown USA for the state of North Carolina by Sports Illustrated and the National Parks & Recreation Association.


Pitt County has a relatively mild climate and experiences all four seasons each year. The average summer temperature in Pitt County is 84 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average winter temperature is 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Each year, the area experiences an average 48.24 inches of rainfall. The growing season in Pitt County lasts a full 215 days annually. Click here for today's weather in Greenville.


Greenville is roughly 30 miles east of Interstate 95, which is a part of the largest state highway system in the nation. USAir serves the Pitt-Greenville Airport daily with connecting flights to Charlotte Douglas International. Amtrak serves the Wilson (~33 miles) and Rocky Mount (~40 miles) stations. Greenville is approximately two hours drive from three deep water ports.

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