Pitt County, NC

Pitt County, NC

Pitt County Economy
  • The Pitt County / Greenville, NC area is a rapidly growing, well diversified employment/service center for Eastern, N.C.
  • Population increased 23.3% during the 1990's
  • Labor force expanded 15.7% and employment grew by 15% between 1990 and 2000
  • Retail sales growth for Pitt County has averaged 10.2% per year for the last 10 years
  • Pitt County is leading retail center in central and northern Eastern North Carolina
  • Manufacturing employment accounts for 1 in 6 jobs, government for 1 in 4, and wholesale/retail trade for 1 in 4 (1998 data)
  • Major manufactured products include: chemicals, textiles, machinery, fabricated metal products, paper products, apparel, and transportation equipment
  • Reported industrial investments averaged nearly $50 million per year during the 1990's and exceeded $135 million for 2000
  • Medical Center (hospital and med-school) continues as a major catalyst of growth
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Pitt County Leisure Activities
  • Pitt County has more than 20 major parks facilities (including River Park North), the Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center, nearly 200 clubs and organizations, twelve fitness centers, seven country clubs, over 3000 churches and synagogues.
  • River Park North includes 309 acres of land with 1.2 miles of river frontage and four lakes. Activities at River Park North include pedal boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, and hiking.
  • The Greenville Aquatic and Fitness Center is a full-service, YMCA type facility. It includes an indoor Olympic size pool, supervised nursery, and a full range of exercise equipment and programs.
  • Clubs and organizations for pre-schoolers, youth, adults, and the elderly are available to suit every interest.
  • The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department operates three gymnasiums, a municipal pool, tennis centers (24 courts), a community building, a baseball stadium, five lighted softball fields, a teen center, and 22 parks.
  • Parks and Recreation Departments throughout the county offer residents of all ages, interests, and skill levels hundreds of classes and special programs in which to participate.
  • Both private health clubs and country clubs are located in all parts of the county. Fees are reasonable and affordable, and the clubs are well-maintained.
  • East Carolina University offers strong intercollegiate athletic programs, particularly in football and baseball.
  • A wide variety of restaurants are available, including a number of foreign cuisines.
  • Local clubs and lounges feature both live regional and national performers and local performers and D.J.'s.
  • Churches and synagogues offer both regular services and a wide variety of special services and programs.
Pitt County Shopping

Greenville is a rapidly growing retail center. Retail sales have grown an average of 10% annually for over a decade, now approaching $2 billion. Whether exploring a small specialty shop, or browsing in a major department store, shopping in Pitt County is a pleasant, relaxed experience among friendly merchants. In suburban malls as well as downtown, the shopper will find a wide variety of merchandise to choose from, and, because of a moderate cost of living, prices are attractive.



Colonial Mall
Colonial Mall, Greenville's largest mall,   includes two Belk's (a 45,000 square foot women's store and a 60,000 square foot men's, children's, juniors', and housewares store), a 76,000 square foot Proffit's, a 91,000 square foot J.C. Penney's, and approximately 180,000 square feet of additional shop space including a food court. Other major stores include Victoria's Secret, The Gap, The Limited Express, Lane Bryant, and Lerner of New York. Colonial Mall is one of the largest centers in eastern North Carolina, encompassing over 500,000 square feet of space and having 110 stores. The entire project covers nearly 45 acres.

Carolina East Mall
Pitt County's first mall, Carolina East Mall, opened in 1979 and now has over 50 stores. Major tenants are Belk's, the largest department store in Greenville, and Sears. Belk's has a wide range of clothing departments for men, women, and children as well as specialty shops including a wine and cheese shop, a china department, and an interior decorating service. Sears carries traditional clothing lines as well as major appliance, automotive, and home repair departments. In addition, there are numerous clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, food establishments and many other shops specializing in sundries, cosmetics, toys, books, musical instruments, electronics, sporting goods, music, stationery, cameras, and gift items.



Arlington Village
Arlington Village, located at the corner of Red Banks Road and Arlington Boulevard, is a collection of over 40 specialty stores. The variety of stores including clothing for all members of the family, interior design establishments, jewelry stores, a florist, a needlework shop, an art gallery, a variety of gift shops and several businesses providing personal services.



Downtown                                                                               Regional headquarters of state and national banks, as well as local, federal, and state government offices, enjoy the ambiance of their proximity to a river front park, arts facilities, numerous and varied dining establishments and the campus of East Carolina University. Over 350 businesses and the residents of new center city condominiums, townhouses, and garden apartments, are all proud to call downtown home.










Pitt County Cultural Activities
  • Prior to the creation of the N.C. School of the Arts, ECU was considered the State School of the Arts, and is still nationally recognized for its curricula.
  • The Pitt-Greenville and Farmville Arts Councils, along with East Carolina University, present literally hundreds of events throughout the year.
  • Events at ECU are presented as part of two major series: Playhouse Production Series, and Performing Arts Series.
  • An extensive schedule of summer stock theatre featuring nationally known performers is presented seasonally.
  • Events include chamber groups, major symphonies, touring Broadway shows, opera, and ballet.
  • Many programs are free. Ticketed events have a price range of $5.00 to $40.00.
  • University academic departments offer a number of highly specialized visual and performing arts opportunities.
  • Opportunities for personal involvement are available through community bands, orchestras, theatre, dance and vocal groups, and writers and artists guilds.
  • Five art galleries/museums are located in Pitt County.
  • A number of nationally known poets and artists reside in the area.
  • Pitt County and East Carolina University provide extensive library systems both in terms of number of volumes for specialized research and programs for children and adults.
  • The library systems offer a Health Sciences Library, Music Library, Manuscripts Collection, Rare Books Collection, a special Children's Library, and a number of other specialized components.
  • Both county and university libraries have media centers offering microfiche and microfilm collections and readers, computers and software, VCR's, and a variety of commonly used audio-visual items.
  • Pitt County's Sheppard Library offers story hours for toddlers and pre-schoolers, a school visitation program for kindergartners and elementary school children, and "Popcorn Theatre" for grades 4-7. Sheppard and its branches provide homework services for all grade levels, a summer reading program, and a number of adult literary programs.
Pitt County Healthcare
  • Regional health care center serving 29 county region
  • Pitt County Memorial Hospital is one of four designated Level I Trauma Centers in North Carolina and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at ECU
  • Over 60% of Hospital patient load originates outside County
  • Active medical staff of over 450 represents more than 60 medical specialties
  • Specialized services include chemotherapy, open heart surgery, and organ transplants
  • Pitt County among top 3 counties in N.C. for physicians per person ratio
  • Room and service rates compare very favorably with state and national rates
  • First medical center in N.C. to start air ambulance service (helicopter) for critically ill
  • Ronald McDonald House for families of seriously ill children
  • Other area specialized facilities include public, mental health, alcoholic and vocational rehabilitation centers
  • Several rest homes, nursing homes, and assisted living centers in area
  • Brody School of Medicine Research and special care centers complement local health care providers
  • Private emergency care clinics available for non-critical emergency treatment
    Medical district zoning allows for location of medical-related manufacturing in specified areas
Pitt County Education
  • Pitt County Schools has been a county-wide consolidated system since July 1, 1986
  • Local public schools often cited as model schools for excellence in education
  • CAT scores are higher than the State, regional, and national average
  • Graduates compete effectively for college scholarship programs
  • Pitt Community College offers technical skill training, 2 year college transfer, 2 year technical, one year vocation, short term certificate program and a continuing education program
  • PCC offers special programs to meet industrial and business training needs with State supported commitments to industrial training
  • East Carolina University is the third largest university in the State (18,750 enrollment)
    Brody School of Medicine at ECU offers a four year Medical Doctor degree as well as six PhD programs
  • There are 102 undergraduate degree tracks and 85 graduate-level programs at ECU. Professional schools: Industry & Technology, Computer Science and Communication, Medicine, Art, Music, Education, Human Environmental Sciences, Allied Health Sciences, Business, Health and Human Performance, Social Work and Criminal Justice Studies, and Nursing
  • ECU is a Division IA Football School and a member of Conference USA (Army, Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Tulane, Southern Miss)
  • Excellent private parochial and non-parochial schools are also available as well as pre-school programs such as Montessori
Pitt County Industry
  • Well diversified employment and manufacturing base
  • No single industry or employer dominates the local economy
  • Twenty-one manufacturing operations employ 100 or more workers with seven employing 500 or more
  • Primary manufactured goods include: chemicals (pharmaceuticals), textiles, transportation equipment, machinery, and fabricated metals
  • Several manufacturers maintain either corporate or divisional headquarters
  • Three major non-manufacturing employers with 2500 or more employees
Pitt County Geography
  • Atlantic seaboard location midway between Boston and Miami
  • Longitude: 77° 22' W Latitude: 35° 27' N
  • Elevation: 10'-100' MSL Land Area: 419,800 acres
  • Population: Pitt County: 133,798 (2000) 126,263 Square Miles: 656.52. Major City: Greenville, population 60,476 (2000). Square Miles: 18.57.
  • Greenville/Pitt County is centrally situated to serve the largest concentration of population and industry in eastern North Carolina (over 1/2 million people within a 45 mile radius)
  • A coastal location, protection by eastern mountains, and proximity to the Gulf Stream serve to moderate climate
  • Temperate climate makes shutdowns due to inclement weather rare and allows year-round outdoor recreation
  • Average daily maximum temperature 73°F
  • Average daily minimum temperature 50°F
  • Any snow accumulation melts quickly (temperature usually gets above freezing any day it goes below freezing)
  • Abundant supply of high quality ground water available from eight underground aquifers
  • Tar River is navigable from Greenville to the Pamlico Sound (boating and water skiing are popular) with proximity to Intracoastal Waterway

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