Greenville, NC
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Greenville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 91,495 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Greenville is the tenth largest community in North Carolina.

Greenville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.51% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Greenville is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Greenville who work in sales jobs (11.90%), office and administrative support (11.47%), and teaching (11.14%).

Greenville is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Greenville is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

One of the benefits of Greenville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.80 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Greenville has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Greenville has quite a high level of public transit users. Greenville’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The population of Greenville is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.17% of adults in Greenville have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Greenville in 2010 was $23,123, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,492 for a family of four. However, Greenville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Greenville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.00% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Greenville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Greenville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Greenville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Greenville include Irish, German, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Greenville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.