remains a charming and friendly small-town, while located in the
midst of one of the fastest growing areas on the
only ten miles from the bustling city of Greenville,
Ayden reaps the rewards of proximity to a major city, while keeping
its own special atmosphere.
Ayden incorporated in 1891 and its main industry
traditionally was agriculture.
With the decline of NC's
agricultural economy and the rapid influx of high-tech industries,
research firms, and manufacturing into the area, Ayden city planners
followed suit with the rest of Pitt
County in attracting numerous businesses into town.
Today, Ayden is home to major employers such as
Inc., a British firm named
Catfish, Inc. and
Bottling Group. Ayden’s
newly built Worthington Industrial Park awaits new companies.
Pitt County exhibits increasing growth with each year.
The 2004 Census estimate of 140,587 showed an increase of 28%
since 1990. Census
2000 reported Ayden’s population as 4,622.
Ideally located in the central portion of the Coastal
Plains region, the Greenville
Metropolitan Area serves as the main distribution hub east of Raleigh.
Ayden manufacturers, only 30 minutes from Interstate 95, and
having access to North Carolina’s excellent highway
infrastructure, find easy transport for their goods. Two railroads and two airports lie just minutes away, and the
deep-sea ports of
are within a 2-hour drive.
Ayden residents enjoy a four-season climate.
Summer temperatures average in the eighties and winter
temperatures in the forties. Winters
bring scant snowfall, while summer rains keep the town pleasantly
cool and green. Residents
take advantage of the moderate southern climate and celebrate their
town with events like Ayden Sundowns.
Held the fourth Friday from April through the autumn months,
vendors display sidewalk sales; fine food, and live music entertains
Ayden’s chief celebration is the
Festival, held after Labor Day.
Along with competitions for the best recipes for collards, a
beauty pageant picks the Collard Queen and a parade honors her.
This three-day festival draws people from all over Pitt
County and Greenville.
District holds a reputation for its marvelous architecture,
which houses businesses and residents alike.
The shady, tree-lined streets offer a step back to a quieter
time, while shoppers visit the antique stores, retail stores and
marvelous dining establishments.
Ayden and Pitt County students boast one of the finest educational
systems for lower schools in North Carolina. Test results consistently rank higher than regional, state or
national average. Within
a forty-mile drive lie fourteen
for higher education.
Ayden, NC extends
a friendly welcome to visitors and newcomers alike. This small Southern town will grow in the coming years, but
residents intend for the atmosphere to stay the same.
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