The Greenville-Pitt County area is one of the fastest growing urban centers in the State of North Carolina. It is also a leading retail center in eastern North Carolina and ranks as one of only a dozen billion dollar retail markets in NC. The local economy is well diversified and agriculture is still a strong contributor to the economy – tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts, eggs, livestock, poultry and vegetables are the primary agricultural products. Major employers include: East Carolina University (education), Vidant Medical Center (health care), Patheon (pharmaceutical manufacturing), DSM Dyneema (chemical manufacturing), Hyster-Yale Group (lift trucks), Grady-White (boats), ASMO (electric motors), Domtar (paper products), Mestek (steam unit heaters), and The Roberts Company, Inc. (metal fabrication).
Pitt County, North Carolina is located on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard approximately midway between Boston, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida and within a day’s drive of over one-half the nation’s population. Many of the principal U.S. industrial markets such as Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, and Miami are within a two day’s drive by truck. Additionally, the Pitt County/Greenville area offers an advantageous location for exporters/importers of either bulk or containerized freight, being equidistant from the three east coast ports of Norfolk-Hampton Roads, Wilmington, and Morehead City (see Transportation for greater detail).
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 about 90,000 in the heart of Pitt County with a population of over 175,000 residents.
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.
Pitt County covers 656.52 square miles of prime agricultural land in Eastern North Carolina. The county's highest point is 126.4 feet above sea level, in the northwest part of the county.Greenville/Pitt County is centrally situated to serve the largest concentration of population and industry in eastern North Carolina (over 820,000 people within 45 miles).
- Average Temperature - 61°
- Average Summer Temperature - 84°
- Average Winter Temperature - 44°
- Average Annual Rainfall - 49.02"
- Growing Season - 220 days
A wide variety of housing is available in Pitt County. Once the decision has been made where to live, townhouse, condo, or private residence, urban neighborhood, small town, or country estate, the newcomer will be pleased at the broad selection and moderate prices.
- Broad selection of housing styles and environments on the market at any given time
- Multiple listing service covering entire county
- Cost of housing below state and national average
- Average cost of housing sold in Greenville area in 2016 was $145,700
- Many speculative homes on market from $125,000 to over $400,000
- Majority of newer subdivisions have wide streets, underground utilities, and community water
- Moderate availability of single-family homes for rent
- Several condominium and townhouse complexes from which to choose ($35,000 to $145,000)
- Over 150 apartment complexes with one, two, and three bedroom units at reasonable rents
- Many condominium and apartment complexes offer availability of pool and clubhouse
- Nursing and rest homes are available as well as assisted living centers
- Variety of retirement villages in and around Greenville area
Products include boats, pharmaceutical products, electrical capacitors, plastic brushes, lumber, millwork, carpet yarns, eggs, stock feed, armature and motor works, leaf tobacco, fertilizer, soft drinks, bakery, dairy and meat products, monuments, machine works, concrete products, daily newspaper, drill bits, fabrics, finished clothing, fork-lift trucks, furnaces, disposable diapers, bed-liners, and rack and pinion components.