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Greenville Travel Guide, North Carolina

Greenville Overview

Greenville is the main city of North Carolina and is a centre of health and education activities. Greenville is the tenth largest city in North Carolina and it has been ranked among the top ten nations “best places for business and career”. The city has also been named as the sports town USA and is also known as “BMX Pro Town USA”.

The Pitt County Memorial hospital, the largest hospital in North Carolina is in Greenville city. The city was founded in 1771 by the royal governor Josiah Martin. It was earlier named as “Martinsborough” but later changed to Greensville.

Greenville History

During the 19th century, the Tar River provided the means of water transportation for people and goods. Cotton was the most important crop and therefore Greenville became the largest exporter of cotton. But as time passed, cotton was replaced by tobacco and soon it became the primary money crop. Soon Greenville became a leading exporter and marketing hub of cotton and tobacco. And by 1960’s the East Carolina University became the third largest state supported college with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students each year. Greenville's economic development started with the establishment of "Burroughs Welcome", a pharmaceutical and marketing research industry in the year 1968. The company is the main source of employment in Greenville employing more than 1,400 people.

Greenville - Population/h2>

Greenville's total population is estimated to be around 172,483 in the year 2007 with an average of 110,997 people residing in the city. Greenville’s racial population can be broadly classified into various categories mainly comprising of Whites and African Americans. Other categories of racial population that forms the minority are the Asians, Latinos and Native Ameicans.

Greenville - Culture

A large number of cultural events are organized round the year in Greenville. The state offers musical concerts, dance shows, theatricals, travel films and cultural festivals. The May Museum and Park contains art forms, cultural heritage of Greenville and a large collection of 19th century quilts. The museum also organizes annual exhibitions for school children and tourists. Theatre has also emerged on the Greenville scene; the Loessin playhouse, Greenville Theatre Project and Magnolia Arts Centre offers a various theatrical performances for performers and audiences throughout the year.

Greenville - Transportation

The state of Greenville is connected by various U.S highways and interlinked highways in the state. The important highways are " Martin Luther King Jr. highway, Interstate 95, Memorial Drive and NC 903". In the entire eastern North Carolina Greenville is the most clustered city. You can also reach Greenville through the Greenville Airport that provides an easy access. There is also the Greenville Area Transit bus service that operates in the city.

The downtown area in Greenville is famous for its Annual Halloween Street Party.

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