Greenville, NC
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Greenville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 90,597 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Greenville is the tenth largest community in North Carolina.

Greenville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.25% 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 office and administrative support (12.16%), sales jobs (11.51%), and teaching (10.92%).

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.

One of the benefits of Greenville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.94 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.

The education level of Greenville citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.07% of adults in Greenville have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Greenville in 2010 was $22,712, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $90,848 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 32.53% 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.