Pitt County is a rural area located in eastern North Carolina (NC) just east of I-95. With 10 municipalities spanning 655 square miles, Pitt County serves the largest concentration of population and industry in eastern NC. The county seat, and only city, is Greenville, is home to many industries, East Carolina University, the Brody School of Medicine, Vidant Medical Center (level 1 trauma center) and Pitt Community College. This affords a diverse population, multi-skilled labor force, economic growth, and cultural and recreational opportunities. Pitt County has a population of 180,742 residents that include 53.7% non-Hispanic white, 33.8% black, 1.6% Asian, and 3.7% multi-racial, and 6.5% Latinx/Hispanic. Despite the strong educational and industrial base, the 22.9% of residents live below poverty compared to the state rate of 13.6%. There are 14.3% residents between 10 to 19 years of age. Pitt County is a home to 35 schools to include 13 middle and 6 high schools and almost 100 places of worship.Historically, Pitt County was supported heavily by the tobacco industry as an agricultural resource. Today, Vidant Medical Center serves as the largest employer employing over 500 physicians and 1,200 nurses. Vidant maintains a relationship with the university through the Brody School of Medicine and continues to grow through the dental and nursing school and various specialty centers. As a medical hub for Eastern NC, our community also has over 1,100 active providers, about 40 of pharmacies and 63 dentists, and eight pain management clinics. Life in Greenville is flavored heavily by it being a university town. Throughout the year, downtown Greenville is the hangout area for many of ECU's students, area military and county high school students. This area borders a high crime area and, unfortunately, it is not uncommon for law enforcement to receive reports of various criminal activity occurring throughout the nights. Many of these incidents are rel
ated to alcohol and other substance misuse. Over the past few years, there has been considerable movement from the "Uptown" Greenville business association to create a safer Greenville through environmental change by demolishing abandoned buildings and limiting the geographical distance between each new bar and/or club.There are nine small, rural towns within Pitt County that neighbor Greenville. Town populations range from 112 to 9,269 residents. The majority of the towns feature sprawling farmland with small town centers. While many of the town centers are relics of the past, efforts are being made to build back town centers with local businesses. Town festivals are common with some of the more well-known being Ayden's Collard Festival and Farmville's Dogwood Festival. Most towns have their own schools, 1-2 fast food chains, a grocery store, and an independent or chain pharmacy. However, most residents of these smaller counties travel to Greenville or Winterville for their medical care or other basic needs.