Pitt County, North Carolina excels as part of the fastest growing area on the Eastern Seaboard. Pitt County’s population of almost 134,000, (Census 2000 data), showed a 23% increase in growth since 1990. The 2004 Census estimate was 140,587, another increase of five percent. Pitt County ranks as NC’s thirteenth most populated county.
The exciting city of Greenville serves as the seat to Pitt County and the cultural, educational and economic hub as well. Greenville’s thriving business community receives consistent top rankings as one of the best places to work, live or study. Major companies such as Rubbermaid, Nacco and Grady White Boats provide high-wage, white-collar employment. The Brody School of Medicine and the Pitt County Memorial Hospital attract physicians and patients from around the globe. Pitt County claims the third-highest percentage of physicians in North Carolina.
With over 60,000 residents, Greenville rates in the top fifty places to live nationwide by Money Magazine. Sports Illustrated voted Greenville its ‘Sportstown’ for its many recreational parks and lovely greenways, where residents jog, hike and bike, plus the general commitment to the numerous local sports events. The Greenville Metropolitan Area includes all of Pitt County and became the fourth-fastest growing MSA in the ’90’s.
While Greenville easily remains Pitt County’s most populated city, ten other municipalities thrive here, too. The towns of Ayden, Farmville, and Winterville contain between 3,500 and 5,000 people. A bedroom community of larger Greenville, Winterville received Money Magazine’s award for one of the ‘Top 25 Little Boom-Towns’ in the U.S.A. Pitt County’s roots historically lay in agriculture. Even today, while modern technological firms discover the region, Pitt County is still the top producer of tobacco in the United States. The small towns in the area reflect the agricultural tradition. Ayden hosts the Annual Collard Festival, a thirty-year honored tradition, and Farmville, the yearly Dogwood Festival.
Pitt County’s smaller towns include Grifton, which holds the oldest celebration, in honor of Pitt County’s many streams in rivers, with the Grifton Shad Festival. Grifton’s population is just over 2,300. Bethel contains 1,760 citizens. The towns of Falkland, Grimesland, Simpson and Fountain each have less than 1,000 residents. This provides the Pitt County populace with a wide diversity of communities to choose from, the glittering metropolis of Greenville, or small-town living.
Pitt County, North Carolina, situated thirty miles east of Interstate 95, has access to the largest state highway system in the nation. Located in the central portion of the Coastal Plains region, Pitt County is ninety miles east of the famous Research Triangle, home to companies on the leading of high technology and research. Greenville and Pitt County are the center of distribution east of Raleigh. The major industrial markets of Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and New York all lie within easy reach of Pitt County.
Education proves of utmost importance to the people of Pitt County. CAT scores are higher than regional, state, or national average, and the public schools receive consistent recognition as models for excellence. The East Carolina University and the Pitt Community College are in Greenville. The Brody School of Medicine at ECU offers some of the finest in higher learning. The Greenville/Pitt County area is rapidly becoming a center for technological industries and research labs.
Pitt County, North Carolina offers residents a moderate four-season climate. Sheltered by mountains to the west, winters here rarely have more than a one-day freeze, and summer temperatures are mild. Pitt County provides a mixture of quaint rural communities along with the excitement and prosperous future of the Greenville Metropolitan Area.