Greenville-Pitt County is centrally situated to serve the largest concentration of population and industry in eastern North Carolina (more than 812,000 people within 45 miles). Greenville (35 square miles) and Pitt County (656.52 square miles) are located in the north central coastal plains region of eastern North Carolina, 85 miles east of Raleigh, 87 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, and 265 miles south of Washington DC. Pitt County, also known as the Greenville, NC MSA, is one of the fastest growing urban centers in 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 the state. The local economy is well diversified with industries in advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, life science, and food processing.
With a population of 92,451, Greenville is the 10th largest in North Carolina. Strategically located off the east coast, Greenville offers convenient access to rail, air, ports and roads. The community manages its own utilities through Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC), which provides quality water, sewer, gas and power to residents and businesses and alike. The City of Greenville is ranked in the top ten of the nation's "Best Small Places For Business and Careers" by Forbes Magazine.
Our excellent affordability, geographic location, and natural resources, combined with out cultural, economic, educational, and medical amenities make Greenville-Pitt County a preferred destination for business and leisure travelers, and a wonderful place to live, work and play!
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Greenville is the home of East Carolina University, the third largest university in the state with nearly 29,000 students and 5,800 faculty and staff. ECU is the home to 12 colleges and schools, including an Honors College and the Graduate School. ECU is a Division 1A institution and a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Another asset to the Greenville education community is Pitt Community College. With a main campus in Winterville and a satellite campus in Greenville, PCC offers technical skill training, a two-year college transfer degree, a two-year technical degree, a one-year vocation program, a short-term certificate program, and a continuing education program. PCC had a 2016-2017 enrollment of more than 23,000 students.
The Pitt County School System, accredited by AdvancED as a Quality School System, currently serves more than 24,000 students in 37 schools and is continuing to see annual growth in its student population. In 2017, the school system posted an 86.2% four-year cohort graduation rate.
Vidant Health is one of the largest health systems in North Carolina. It consists of eight (8) hospitals serving 29 counties and 1.4 million people in eastern North Carolina and provides comprehensive, leading-edge services that cover every aspect of health care. Vidant Health (12,224 employees) includes Vidant Medical Center, community hospitals, physician practices and partners that join in improving the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.
In 2015, Vidant Health started construction on a new 6-story, 96 bed cancer center. Set to open in 2018, this state-of-the-art facility serves as the hub of Vidant Health's cancer programs and stands as a symbol of hope for cancer patients in the region.
Vidant Medical Center is the heart of the Vidant Health system. It is one of four designated Level I Trauma Centers in North Carolina and the third largest Level I Trauma Center in the nation. Vidant Medical Center serves as the flagship teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and has an active medical staff of over 750 representing more than 70 medical specialties.
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is a 40-year-old medical school with a strong primary care orientation. The Brody School of Medicine is nationally recognized for the number of graduates practicing primary care, approximately 42%. Brody is annually recognized as one of the top ten institutions in the nation for preparing family doctors by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The East Carolina Heart Institute is the first in North Carolina devoted exclusively to education, research, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The institution is associated with Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University. The primary facilities that make up the Heart Institute are located on the campuses of Vidant Medical Center and ECU's Brody School of Medicine.