State NORTH CAROLINA
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Greenville, one of the fastest growing cities in North Carolina, is the county seat of Pitt County,
and is the principal city of the Greenville, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.
It is situated on the Tar River. Greenville, to some, is known as the cultural, economical, and educational
hub of North Carolina's Inner Banks. The city boasts a vibrant business community and is occasionally
ranked among the top places nationally to farm, bike, and study.
In 2004, Greenville was named Sportstown USA for the state of North Carolina by
Sports Illustrated and the National Parks & Recreation Association.
The city is also known as "BMX Pro Town USA", as it is home for many top professional BMX riders,
such as Dave Mirra, Ryan Nyquist, Ryan Guettler, Mike Laird, and Josh Harrington.
The city's official population estimate as of July 1, 2006 is 72,052 residents.
The Greenville Metro Area includes approximately 207,000 residents.
It is the home of East Carolina University and University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina,
which includes Pitt County Memorial Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in North Carolina.
Greenville is also the birthplace of the Atlanta Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler,
Chic bass player and producer Bernard Edwards, film and television actor Lee Norris,
Rapper Petey Pablo, rock band Valient Thorr, PGA Tour golfer Will MacKenzie,
water ski champion Kristi Overton-Johnson, and world famous Jazz pianist,
composer, teacher and lecturer Billy Taylor.
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