Winterville, North Carolina stands out as a vibrant, progressive community in the fast-paced Greenville Metropolitan Area. Located in Pitt County, a rapidly growing region of the Eastern Seaboard, Money Magazine rated Winterville among the top fifty boomtowns in America. The magazine also ranked it 23rd among 50 for most attractive suburbs.
Situated five miles south of Greenville, Census 2000 reported Winterville’s population at 4,791. The 2005 Census estimate was 6,942 and city leaders expect the population to grow by 1,200 residents each year. Pitt County’s population has grown 28% since the 1990 Census count.
North Carolina’s renowned Research Triangle lies ninety miles to the west of Pitt County. Headquarters to leading edge research and technology firms, the Triangle region expands yearly. Greenville, Winterville and the other towns in Pitt County are the centers of distribution east of Raleigh. The proximity to Interstate 95 and NC’s outstanding highway system allow manufacturers easy access to major cities, airports and deep-water ports to distribute their goods. Winterville’s top three employers are Simclair, the Roberts Companies and Winterville Machine Works.
Incorporated in 1897, Winterville residents retain the small-town values of the past. A family oriented community, citizens here take pride in civil responsibilities and involvement in town affairs. Winterville’s annual Watermelon Festival each August is a grand event, complete with fireworks, a parade, concerts, bingo, crafts and food of all sorts. Watermelon seed-spitting contests, watermelon rolling contests and of course, watermelon eating contests delight patrons of all ages. From this fun-filled festival, the town takes their motto: “Winterville is a slice of the good life”.
Winterville is a full service community, with its own excellent school system, retail shops, and restaurants. Though Greenville is just up the road with full city amenities, residents never need to leave their home. For students seeking higher learning, fourteen colleges and universities lie within a forty-mile radius.
Winterville, North Carolina provides its residents with all they need to create the ‘good life’. With a low cost of living, low crime rate and high standards of commitment to their town, Winterville citizens will continue to receive high rankings as a community.