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%).

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.

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 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: 38.07% 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.