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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.