Greenville, NC
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Greenville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 92,156 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Greenville is the tenth largest community in North Carolina.

Greenville is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 (11.55%), food service (10.83%), and office and administrative support (10.48%).

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Greenville really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Greenville is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Greenville more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Greenville’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Greenville a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Greenville is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Greenville a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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: 38.28% of adults in Greenville have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Greenville in 2010 was $24,647, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,588 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 32.06% 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 English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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