All About Greenville, North Carolina
Queen City on the Tar
Located on the Tar River, Greenville started life as a leading export center for steamboats carrying goods along that waterway.
Originally a small town which Washington himself referred to as “indifferent”, Greenville managed to survive war, slavery, and economic turmoil to emerge into the early 20th century as what was considered one of the most beautiful towns in the South, but sadly the mid-century saw its oldest neighborhoods demolished in the name of urban renewal.
The town managed to reinvent itself once again, though; emerging as a center of medicine and research through East Carolina University and its Brody Medical School. The School in turn attracted private industry and manufacturing, and the town is now a prosperous and bustling place that retains its small town charms. In 2010 Forbes magazine named the town in its top ten “Best Small Places For Business And Careers.”
More recent redevelopment has been far more successful in preserving the historic attractions, while also turning the Uptown district into a cultural and economic centre of arts and entertainment. Its location along the Tar means it boasts plenty of green space, the Town Common serving as a day to day park as well as a setting for music, theater, and town events. And it is just an hour’s drive from Raleigh, as well as several National Parks.
Today Greenville boasts a population of 90000 and a median age of just 26, meaning a lively nighttime scene, with a growing diversity of food, music, and people.