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.

Unlike some cities, Greenville isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Greenville are a mix of both white- and blue-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%).

Greenville is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Greenville has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Greenville enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Greenville.

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 education level of Greenville citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.