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Greenville M.S.A. is home to 175,842 residents and approximately 10,000 workers commute into the area every day. Average age is 31.5. Our median household income is $41,119. Total enrollment at East Carolina University – the third largest university in North Carolina – is 28,962. East Carolina University and Pitt Community College produce a steady wave of graduates from professional programs in medicine, finance, IT, engineering, sciences, and other fields requiring four-year and advanced degrees (29.7 of Greenville M.S.A. residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher).

High schools, industrial schools, regional military bases, and Pitt Community College training programs provide a continuing reserve of skilled labor for building trades, industry, customer service, distribution, and other occupations. That’s a major reason why companies like DSM, Hyster-Yale, ASMO, Patheon, and Weyerhaeuser have established major manufacturing facilities here.

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Key Workforce Data:

  • ECU and Pitt Community College provide state-of-the-art business and industry training programs at zero cost to local companies
  • Local major employers report high levels of worker productivity, low turnover and absenteeism, and have won numerous safety awards    
  • Low cost of business, such as workers compensation, unemployment insurance and other personnel costs.

East Carolina University is closely aligned with the community and region we call home, and we accept the challenges of eastern North Carolina as our own. We are 'open for business' collaborating daily with our education, industry, government, military and community partners. Whether preparing an innovation workforce, fueling new science and technologies, launching young entrepreneurs, creating new products, strengthening communities, or supporting job and investment creation, we remain committed economic development partners.