Greenville, North Carolina
|City of Greenville|
|Nickname(s): The Spirit of the East, The Emerald City, G-Vegas|
Location of Greenville shown within North Carolina
|• Mayor||Allen M. Thomas|
|• City||26.3 sq mi (68 km2)|
|• Land||25.6 sq mi (66.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2) 2.59%|
|• Urban||44.9 sq mi (72.3 km2)|
|Elevation||56 ft (17 m)|
|• City||89,130 (US: 347st)|
|• Density||2,364.6/sq mi (912.8/km2)|
|• Urban||117,798 (US: 266th)|
|• Metro||174,263 (US: 234th)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP codes||27833, 27834, 27835, 27836, 27858|
|GNIS feature ID||1023721|
Greenville is the county seat of Pitt County, principal city of the Greenville metropolitan area, and the 10th largest city in the state of North Carolina. Greenville is the health, entertainment, and educational hub of North Carolina's Tidewater and Coastal Plain. The city's official population as of the 2013 United States census estimate is 89,130 residents  while the Greenville Metropolitan Area includes 174,263 people. In January 2008 and January 2010, Greenville was named one of the nation's "100 Best Communities for Young People" by the America's Promise Alliance. In June 2012, Greenville was ranked in the top ten of the nation's "Best Small Places For Business And Careers" by Forbes Magazine. In 2010 Greenville was ranked twenty-fourth in mid-city business growth and development by Forbes Magazine.
The city is also known as "BMX Pro Town USA", as it is home for many top professional BMX riders. Greenville is the home of East Carolina University, the second-largest university and fastest-growing campus in the University of North Carolina system, and Vidant Medical Center, the flagship hospital for Vidant Health and the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine. The city has the fifth-highest percentage of residents in North Carolina – almost 30 percent – who have obtained bachelor’s degrees.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Economy
- 6 Religion
- 7 Education
- 8 Health care
- 9 Culture
- 10 Shopping
- 11 Sports
- 12 Transportation
- 13 Media
- 14 Notable people
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Greenville was founded in 1771 as "Martinsborough," after the Royal Governor Josiah Martin. In 1774 the town was moved to its present location on the south bank of the Tar River, three miles (5 km) west of its original site. In 1786, the name was changed to Greenesville in honor of General Nathanael Greene, the American Revolutionary War hero. It was later shortened to Greenville.
During Greenville's early years, the Tar River was a navigable waterway; and by the 1860s there were several established steamboat lines transporting passengers and goods on the river. Cotton was the leading agricultural crop, and Greenville became a major cotton export center. Before the turn of the century, however, tobacco surpassed cotton and became the leading money crop. Greenville became one of the state's leading tobacco marketing and warehouse centers.
For over a century, Greenville was recognized only as an important tobacco market and the home of a small state-supported college, charted by the Legislature in March 1907 and named East Carolina Teacher's Training College, a co-ed institution. By the mid 1960s, East Carolina College had become the third-largest state-supported college, and enrollment approached 8,000 students — twice the 1960 enrollment figure. In 1967, it became East Carolina University. ECU Medical School admitted its first four-year class in 1977. At the turn of the century, enrollment at ECU topped the 18,000 mark, and now exceeds 27,500 students.
Greenville's current economic development began in 1968 when Burroughs Wellcome, a major pharmaceutical research and manufacturing firm, located in the city. The site is now owned by DSM Pharmaceuticals, which employs approximately 1,400 people. The city and Pitt County have also become home to many other major industries and businesses including Harper Brush, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Grady-White Boats, and ASMO. Greenville is also home to The HammockSource, the worlds largest hammock manufacturer.
In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd made landfall in eastern North Carolina, dropping nearly 17 inches (430 mm) of rain during the hours of its passage. Many residents were not aware of the flooding until the water came into their homes. Most localized flooding happened overnight, and the Tar River suffered the worst flooding, exceeding 500-year flood levels along its lower stretches. An additional 20+ inches of rain had fallen prior in the month from the two passes of Hurricane Dennis.
Damages in Pitt County alone were estimated at $1.6 billion (1999 USD, $1.87 billion 2006 USD). Some residents in Greenville had to swim six feet underwater to reach the front doors of their homes and apartments. Due to the heavy flooding in downtown Greenville, the East Carolina Pirates were forced to relocate their football game against #9 Miami to N.C. State's Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, where they beat the Hurricanes 27-23.
Greenville is located at (35.601613, -77.372366).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68 km2), of which, 25.6 square miles (66 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (2.59%) is water. It is located in the Tidewater.
As of the census of 2013, there are 174,263 residents in the Greenville MSA, 130,204 households, and 110,997 residents residing within five miles (8 km) of the city limit. The population density was 2,364.6 people per square mile (912.8/km²). There are 130,204 housing units at an average density of 1,100.4 per square mile (424.8/km²). The racial composition of the city is: 60.20% White, 32.14% African American, 5.06% Hispanic or Latino American, 1.82% Asian American, 0.80% native American, 0.04% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 1.01% some other race, and 1.29% two or more races.
There were 25,204 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.8% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.4% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the age distribution of the population shows 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,648, and the median income for a family was $44,491. Males had a median income of $31,847 versus $26,324 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,476. About 15.6% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Greenville has a Mayor-Council-Manager form of government. The City Council, elected by the people, is the governing body of the City. The Council establishes policy relating to Greenville’s government.
The Mayor presides at City Council meetings and signs documents authorized by the Council. Together the Mayor and City Council are responsible for establishing general policies of the City and appointing members of the boards and commissions. Council enacts ordinances and resolutions; adopts the annual budget; approves the financing of all City operations; and authorizes contracts on behalf of the City.
The City Manager, hired by the City Council, is responsible for implementing the policies of City Council and managing the day-to-day operations of City government.
Five of the council members serve individual districts and the sixth is elected by the entire city and serves at-large, much like the mayor.
2013-2015 Greenville City Council
- Mayor Allen Thomas (at-large)
- Councilman Calvin Mercer (at-large)
- Councilwoman Kandie Smith (District 1)
- Councilwoman Rose Glover (District 2)
- Councilwoman Marion Blackburn (District 3)
- Councilman Rick Smiley (District 4)
- Councilman Rick Croskery (District 5) 
|1||Vidant Health||Health Care||7,868|
|2||East Carolina University||Education||5,795|
|3||Pitt County Public Schools||Education||2,754|
|4||NACCO Materials Handing Group||Lift Trucks||1,000|
|5||Pitt Community College||Education||953|
|6||County of Pitt||Government Administration||930|
|8||City of Greenville||Government Administration||743|
|9||Physicians East||Medical Care||535|
|10||ASMO of Greenville, North Carolina||Advanced Automotive Technology||530|
|11||Greenville Utilities Commission||Public Utilities||460|
|13||Convergys||Customer Service Center||410|
Companies with headquarters in Greenville include Vidant Health, NMHG Americas, Grady White, Metrics, and Attends Health Care Products. The city's industry historically was centered around the sale and processing of tobacco, but today the major industries are health care, education and manufacturing. The largest employer is Vidant (formerly called Pitt Memorial Hospital), with East Carolina University coming in second, with specialized manufacturing and scientific industries augmenting the employment portfolio. Vidant Health is also home to the robotic heart surgery training center directed by Dr. Randolph Chitwood who holds several patents related to the daVinci surgical robot.The education industry employs approximately 9,500 people. The health care industry is second with approximately 7,000.
As with most of North Carolina, Greenville is predominately Protestant Christian, with large concentrations of Baptists, Methodists, and various other evangelical groups. Presbyterians, and Disciples of Christ also constitute a significant portion of the population.
The Roman Catholic community in Greenville has seen steady growth over the years with the migration of Hispanic workers to the area along with significant numbers of people from the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States who work for East Carolina University, the Vidant Health, and other employers. St. Peter's Catholic Church in Greenville supports a day school for grades K-8. Pope John Paul II Catholic High School supports grades 9 - 12.
Over the years, Greenville's Jewish community has seen continued growth. Congregation Bayt Shalom, a congregation affiliated with both Reform Judaism and Conservative Judaism, has around 80 member families and was previously led by the first African-American female rabbi in the United States, Alysa Stanton.
The growth and diverse nature of the city's population has also resulted in the addition of an Islamic Mosque and Hindu Temple within the last decade.
All Greenville schools fall under the Pitt County Schools (PCS) administration. PCS formed in 1985 when Pitt County Schools and Greenville City Schools merged. The 12 member Board of Education oversee all Greenville and Pitt County schools. There are currently 13 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools and the Health Sciences Academy in Pitt County. There are also ten private schools.
- Ayden Elementary School (K-5)
- Belvoir Elementary School (K-5)
- Chicod School (K-8)
- Eastern Elementary School (K-5)
- Elmhurst Elementary School (K-5)
- Falkland Elementary School (K-5)
- Grifton School (K-8)
- Lakeforest Elementary School (K-5)
- Northwest Elementary School (K-5)
- Pactolus Elementary School (K-8)
- Ridgewood Elementary School (K-5)
- South Greenville Elementary School (K-5)
- Stokes Elementary School (K-8)
- Wahl-Coates Elementary School (K-5)
- W.H. Robinson Elementary School (K-5)
- Wintergreen Primary School (K-2)
- Wintergreen Intermediate School (3-5)
- A.G. Cox Middle School (6-8)
- C.M. Eppes Middle School (6-8)
- E.B. Aycock Middle School (6-8)
- Hope Middle School (6-8)
- Wellcome Middle School (6-8)
- Farmville Middle school (6-8)
- Ayden middle school (6-8
- Junius H. Rose High School (9-12)
- D. H. Conley High School (9-12)
- South Central High School (9-12)
- North Pitt High School (9-12)
- Farmville Central High School (9-12)
- Ayden Grifton High School (9-12)
- East Carolina University
- Pitt Community College
- Miller-Motte Technical College
- Shaw University (satellite campus)
- Brookhaven Christian School (K-8)
- Calvary Christian Academy (K-12)
- Christ Covenant School (PK-9)
- Community Christian Academy (K-6)
- Faith Christian Academy (PK-5)
- Greenville Christian Academy (PK-12)
- Greenville Montessori School (PK-6)
- St. Peter's Catholic School (PK-8)
- Pope John Paul II Catholic High School (9-12)
- The Oakwood School (PK-12)
- Trinity Christian School (K-12)
- Victoria Christian Academy Christian Academy (K-12)
- Community Christian Church - Dr. James Corbett
- Cornerstone Church - Rev. Sidney A. Lock Sr.
- Covenant Church - Lead Pastor Branson Sheets
- Faith Assembly of God - Pastor Raymond J. Hoggard
- Greenville Christian Fellowship - Pastor Mike Williams
- Koininia Christian Center - Bishop Rosie S. O'Neal
- Our Redeemer Lutheran Church - Rev. Andrew D. Goodson
- Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greenville - Rev. Rod Thompson, Interim Minister
- Victory Christian Assembly - Apostle Paul A. Thomas
The health care community in Greenville is one of the largest in the state of North Carolina. With 861 beds, Vidant Medical Center is the fifth largest hospital in North Carolina and is one of five academic medical centers in the state (others include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Campbell University). Vidant Medical Center is the only trauma center east of Raleigh and serves as the teaching hospital for The Brody School of Medicine. The hospital hosts over 1,700 licensed medical providers and serves over 1.2 million residents of the region. Many medical offices and clinics along with the hospital and university teaching facilities lie on Greenville's west side, comprising what is known as the Medical District. The East Carolina Heart Institute is open and has added 250 jobs at the hospital along with a state-of-the-art six floor facility.
Greenville is home to a wide range of cultural events on and off the East Carolina University campus. East Carolina University offers musical concerts, theatrical and dance productions, travel films, and lectures. The Greenville Museum of Art contains local art, as well as rotating exhibitions. Annually over 3,000 children participate in programs offered by the Museum and over 12,000 people visit the museum.
Theater is beginning to emerge in Greenville as well. Local groups such as the Greenville Theater Project and the Magnolia Arts Center offer outlets for both performers and audiences alike. Smiles and Frowns Playhouse produces children's theatre. Additionally, student groups such as SWASH Improv offer entertainment at the university and local establishments.
Many restaurants and nightclubs offer live entertainment on the weekends. In the old Five Points area (in the newly renovated parking lot at Evans and Fifth Streets) every Wednesday in warm months, an Umbrella Market features local growers and producers plus crafts people. This is also the venue for "Freeboot Friday" on Fridays in the fall when there is a Saturday ECU home football game. It is an "Alive-At-Five" style pep-rally with live music, ECU cheerleaders, exhibits, children's activities, food samplings, and a beer and wine garden. The Downtown area is known for its large annual Halloween street party and live music bars. Considering the size of the city, Greenville has a large number of bars and nightclubs located downtown, due in large part to the location of ECU's campus which is immediately adjacent to downtown.
Greenville is the regional shopping destination for the Inner Banks area since many big-box retailers and specialty shops are located in the city. Large centers include Greenville Mall (formerly Colonial Mall Greenville and Pitt Plaza originally), University Commons, Lynncroft and Arlington Village. La Promenade, La Promenade II, Arlington Village, and Arlington Plaza located within Greenville Blvd, Arlington Blvd, and Red Banks Rd is one of the biggest outdoor/strip mall-type shopping locations in Greenville housing over 60 shops and restaurants including Old Navy, Talbots, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse. A new development called 11 Galleria, on the site of the former Carolina East Mall, features a number of big-box retailers. Already present are Sears, Kohl's, The Fresh Market, and Dick's Sporting Goods. This new shopping center will contain a total of 400,000 sq ft (37,000 m2). A second Walmart recently opened on Highway 33 east along with additional restaurants and retail space.
ECU's sports teams, nicknamed the Pirates, compete in NCAA Division I-A as a full-member of the 12 team Conference USA, until July 1, 2014 when all sports move to the American Athletic Conference. Facilities include the 50,000 seat Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for football, the 8,000-seat Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum for men's and women's basketball, and the Clark-LeClair Stadium, with a seating capacity of 3,000 (max capacity of 6,000+ when including outfield "Jungle" areas) for baseball. In 2010 a state of the art, Lady Pirates softball stadium with a seating capacity of 1,500 has been completed, neighboring a new ECU track and field facility and soccer stadium plus an Olympic sports coach's offices and team rooms facility are in varying stages of completion all along Charles Boulevard, the main entry way for all Pirate sports.
Greenville has a strong tradition in Little League Baseball. Greenville Little Leagues was founded in 1951 and has two leagues; North State and Tar Heel. In 1998, a team from Greenville represented the South Region in the Little League World Series. They made it to the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual champion, Toms River, New Jersey.
Along with Little League success, Pitt-Greenville softball teams have won multiple world series titles. Since 2006, Greenville has sent Babe Ruth baseball teams to Southeast Regional competition each year in two different age groups, with two teams reaching the Babe Ruth World Series; the '06 15 yr. old team, and the '08 13 yr. old team. The 2006 team became the first Greenville Babe Ruth team to reach the World Series in 30 years, along with becoming the first Babe Ruth team to ever win a World Series game, defeating Clifton Park, New York 12-0. In 2012, the 13u Greenville All-Stars advanced to the Babe Ruth League World Series. The 2012 squad advanced to the championship game, falling to Bryant, Arkansas 4-3.
Greenville is also home to one of the six gyms of Cheer Extreme All Stars.
Greenville is home to two major running groups, GoRun (Greenville Organization of Runners) and Greenville Running group. In addition a large bicycling group, EC Velo, tours the city and Pitt County weekly.
Several major U.S. and state highways converge in the area to provide easy access to the interstate highway system. Major highways that run through the area include US 264(Martin Luther King Jr. Highway), NC 11(Memorial Drive), US 13, NC 33, NC 43, and NC 903. Greenville is North Carolina's largest city without a major interstate; however, Interstate 95 is located 29 miles (47 km) to the west of the city. Greenville is currently widening lanes on Memorial Drive. Greenville's busiest roads are along Memorial Dr, Greenville Blvd, Arlington Blvd, 10th St, and Fire Tower Rd. Greenville is the most congested city in Eastern NC. NCDOT is expected to begin property acquisition for the southwest bypass in 2015. It will stem from the 264 intersection on Statonsburg Road, bypass Winterville, and terminate approximately 11 mi (17.7km) later in in Ayden. A new project called the 10th St Connector Project is also underway to connect existing 10th St to Stantonsburg Rd.
Greenville is also served by freight railroads. CSX Transportation moves the northern and southern parts of Greenville, Norfolk Southern Railway serves the eastern and western parts of Greenville. Beginning in 2012 an AMTRAK shuttle bus service takes passengers to and from Wilson, North Carolina, a stop on the AMTRAK Carolinian Route.
The City of Greenville operates a mass transit bus system called Greenville Area Transit or GREAT. ECU also maintains a comprehensive bus system, providing 2.5 million rides annually. This service is free of charge for all students, staff, and faculty.
Greenville is in the process of building a more comprehensive system of greenways for bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The first section of the South Tar River Greenway opened in late 2009; the second section, linking a small and large dog run park with East Greenville was completed and dedicated in June 2011. The third section, uniting the Town Common (Downtown Greenville area) with the East Carolina University Schools of Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine and Nursing, plus the Vidant hospital complex is now in the paid for and planning stage.
Newspapers and publications
The Daily Reflector serves as the main daily newspaper and is Greenville's oldest business. Other notable newspapers that serve the city include G-Vegas Magazine, The Greenville Times, The East Carolinian, Her Magazine, The Minority Voice and Viva Greenville.
Radio stations licensed in Greenville
- 1070 AM: - WNCT Beach, Boogie & Blues
- 1250 AM: - WGHB local sports talk
- 1570 AM: - WECU Gospel
- 1340 AM: - WOOW gospel
- 92.1 FM: - WRSV Urban Station
- 91.3 FM: - WZMB East Carolina University
- 103.7 FM: - WTIB talk radio
- 107.9 FM: - WNCT oldies
- 98.3 FM: - WLGT Gospel Christian Station
- 104.5 FM: - WSTK Gospel Station
- 101.9 FM: - WIKS Hip Hop Station
Television stations licensed in Greenville
- WNCT-TV - Greenville (CBS affiliate/The CW on DT2)
- WYDO-TV - Greenville (Fox affiliate)
- WUNK-TV - Greenville (PBS affiliate, part of the UNC-TV Network)
- WEPX-TV - Greenville (Ion Network affiliate)
Other television stations serving Greenville
- WITN-TV - Washington (NBC affiliate/My Network TV & Weather on DT2)
- WCTI-TV - New Bern (ABC affiliate/This TV & Other Programs on DT2)
- GPAT-TV - Greenville (Suddenlink Cable Channel 23 - Public-access television channel
- GTV9 - Greenville's City Government-access television channel (Suddenlink Cable TV Channel 9)
Voice of America/IBB
Greenville is one of the major transmitter sites for Voice of America shortwave broadcasts under the auspices of the U.S. government's International Broadcasting Bureau. Both transmitters and a large antenna 'farm' are located just outside Greenville. The Greenville Transmitting Station provides shortwave broadcasts for U.S. government-funded, non-military, international broadcasting and serves as a standby, alternate gateway for the Satellite Interconnect System to use to uplink programming, should the Washington, D.C., SIS gateway become unavailable. The station is also a backup facility for uplinking programming to the Atlantic Ocean Region satellite and serves as the primary return link of that satellite. For the VOA, the main target areas for the station's shortwave broadcasts are Latin America, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Africa. Three complexes, one for management, distribution, and monitoring, and the other two for actual transmitting, form an approximate nineteen mile (30 km) equilateral triangle around Greenville. At one time, these formed the largest international broadcasting site in the world.
- Fred Brooks – computer scientist
- Andre Brown – New York Giants running back
- Derek Cox – Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback
- Alge Crumpler – New England Patriots tight end
- Bernard Edwards – Chic bass player and producer
- Josh Harrington – BMX rider
- Wilbur Hardee – Founder of Hardee's
- Mike Laird – BMX rider
- Will MacKenzie – PGA Tour golfer
- Daniel Dhers – BMX rider
- Dave Mirra – BMX rider
- Lee Norris – film and television actor
- Ryan Nyquist – BMX rider
- Petey Pablo – Rapper
- Bronswell Patrick – MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants
- Jessamine Shumate – artist, painter, cartographer
- Tom Smith- musician, inductee into Jazz Education Hall of Fame.
- Billy Taylor – jazz musician, founder of Jazzmobile, CBS television personality
- Lawrence Tyson – World War I general and U.S. Senator
- Alex White – MLB pitcher
- Jermaine Williams - NFL Football Player
- Kaitlyn Dutton - ECU SGA election, 2014, Treasurer
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