Greenville is widely recognized as the cultural, educational, economic, and medical hub of Eastern North Carolina. While retaining our Southern charm, Greenville has grown into the 10th largest city in the state and is now a thriving, small metropolitan city of more than 90,000 in the heart of Pitt County with a population of nearly 180,000 residents.
With nearly 300 years of history and culture, visitors can find museums, historic sites, unique architecture, and artifacts that tell the story of Greenville-Pitt County from before the American Revolution up to the present day. From a rural agricultural community once reliant on naval stores and tobacco, to the thriving hub of commerce, education, healthcare, and entertainment it is today.
Greenville is now a growing university-medical community, anchored by East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center, along with a strong industrial community. Greenville is also an accommodating event and leisure destination with an expanding Greenville Convention Center Campus, and a vibrant Uptown Greenville District with its own diverse art, music, food, and festival scene featuring an increasing number of unique, locally-owned businesses, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Our assortment of leisure and cultural opportunities to explore and enjoy from greenways, parks, rivers, golf courses, historic towns, wonderful restaurants, museums, galleries, antique shops, boutiques, sports events, and much more.
Greenville can be found in the center of Pitt County, along the beautiful Tar River in Eastern North Carolina’s Inner Banks, approximately 85 miles east of the state capital of Raleigh and 87 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. Our area’s numerous waterways offer opportunities for boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, and birding. Our community is also fortunate to have one of the most extensive recreation and greenway systems in the region, including 324 acre River Park North, the Greenville Town Common, and Greenville Greenway System, which visitors and residents can enjoy during all four seasons every year thanks to our relatively mild climate.
Greenville and Pitt County are showing up on radar screens across North Carolina and the United States in recent years for many people interested in relocating or retiring. In 2014, Greenville was included in USA WEEKEND Travel’s list of 5 Great, Lesser-Known Places to Retire, and the neighboring Pitt County town of Winterville was designated a Certified Retirement Community by Retire NC for providing amenities, services, and opportunities retirees need to enjoy active and productive lives.
With our close proximity to both the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast and the more urban environment of Raleigh and the Triangle, make getting away day trips to the beach and connecting to larger a breeze.
Our excellent affordability, geographic location, and natural resources, combined with our cultural, economic, educational, and medical amenities make Greenville-Pitt County a preferred destination for business and leisure travelers, retirees, and a wonderful place to live, work, and play! Travelers to our area often find themselves coming back again and again, to visit or relocate, not only for all the wonderful hidden gems and outdoor adventure our area offers, but to enjoy the friendly and relaxed attitude of a community where you always find yourself in good company!