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Greenville is a fast-growing residential community of 80,000 located in Pitt County in the eastern part of North Carolina. East Carolina University and its 26,000 students make Greenville a vibrant college town. The community is a young one; the average age is 26. The population grew over 30% from 2000 to 2008. People of all walks of life choose to live in this community because of its proximity to Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks, its mild weather, and an economical life style. Greenville is in Pitt County.

The town was recognized as "Sportstown USA" by Sports Illustrated and the National Parks and Recreation Association. The recognition came for its commitment to providing sporting opportunities for residents. Thanks to its numerous sports facilities Greenville has hosted many important events such as the Girls Softball Babe Ruth World Series, the Beast of the East Soccer Tournament, and the North Carolina State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament. The North Carolina Senior Games and the Eastern Regional High School Basketball tournament are held here annually. Pitt County has over twenty parks with hundreds of acres of hiking, fishing and boating. Water sports are popular on the Tar River and four lakes in the area. Golf is popular with 6 different courses to choose from, including Ironwood Golf Course. Photo of Joyner Library courtesy of Wikipedia and Luca Masters.

Where to Retire in Greenville and Home Prices

Many people in retirement tend to live in developments that are designed for adults 55+, although many general developments located on the water and/or golf courses are popular as well.
Real estate prices in the area tend to be relatively low. The median home value in late 2021 was $177,166, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Greenville

• Shiloh Farm is an entertainment complex centered around an 1827 plantation house. • Freeboot Friday’s – an evening of entertainment to celebrate the East Carolina Football team • East Carolina University brings a lot to the area • Very active in sports - "Sportstown USA" by ''Sports Illustrated''.  Greenville is considering applying to be a "Certified Retirement Community"

What Is Not Special about Greenville

Greenville is somewhat remote, oriented towards families with young children, and has a high crime rate.

Climate and Physical Environment

Greenville is situated in a flat plain in the eastern portion of North Carolina. Winters are generally mild and summers hot and humid.  View Google Map for Greenville NC For North Carolina Craigslist

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

East Carolina University has frequent performances of music, dance, and theater. The Greenville Theatre Project and the Magnolia Art Center. Several art galleries and museums feature major collections and traveling exhibits. The Wellington B. Gray Gallery features internationally known contemporary artists on the campus of East Carolina University. The May Museum and Park is popular, as is the Greenville Museum of Art with its permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art. The Sheppard Library is very large and well-funded, it features more than 232,000 volumes.


The crime rate is higher than average (index of 547 vs. national index of 319).

Medical Facilities

Pitt County Memorial, part of University Health Systems of Eastern NC, is a teaching hospital and Level I Trauma Center serving 29 counties in Eastern NC.  The hospital works collaboratively with East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine.  The East Carolina Heart Institute provides comprehensive cardiovasular care.  Pitt County is among the top 3 counties in NC for physicians per person.


Pitt-Greenville Airport is 3 miles from town

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