Greene County, North Carolina facts for kids
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The Greene County Courthouse in Snow Hill
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Nathanael Greene|
|Largest town||Snow Hill|
|• Total||266 sq mi (690 km2)|
|• Land||266 sq mi (690 km2)|
|• Water||0.5 sq mi (1 km2) 0.2%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||76.8/sq mi (29.7/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Greene County, being a part of land grant by King Charles II of England in 1663, was first settled around 1710 by immigrants from Maryland, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina. The original inhabitants of the area, the Tuscarora Indians, fought with these immigrants and on March 20–23, 1713, a fighting force of South Carolinians and Yemassce Indians, under Colonel Murice Moore, defeated the Tuscarora, under the leadership of Chief Hancock. This was the final major battle of the Tuscarora War at Fort Neoheroka near current day Snow Hill.
In 1758, the area now recognized as Greene and Lenoir Counties was separated from Johnston and named Dobbs for the Royal Governor. The county was formed in 1791 from the northern part of Dobbs County. It was originally named Glasgow County, for James Glasgow, North Carolina Secretary of State from 1777 to 1798. In 1799, Glasgow's involvement in military land grant frauds forced him to resign and leave the state. Glasgow County was then renamed Greene County in honor of Nathanael Greene, one of General Washington's right-hand men.
The county seat, Snow Hill, is the largest town and major commercial center in the county. The town draws its name from the historic white sandy banks of nearby Contentnea Creek.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 266 square miles (690 km2), of which 266 square miles (690 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (0.2%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||7,206||35.24%|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,936||14.36%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,451 people, 7,164 households, and 4,750 families residing in the county.
- US 13
- US 258
- US 264
US 264 Alt.
- NC 58
- NC 91
- NC 121
- NC 123
- NC 903
The major highways that run through the county are US 264 and US 13. Other highways include US 258, NC 903, NC58, NC 102 and NC 91. The closest interstate is I-795, located west of the county in Goldsboro.
The closest airport to Greene County is Pitt-Greenville Airport (IATA: PGV, ICAO: KPGV, FAA LID: PGV) with service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, although most residents use Raleigh-Durham International Airport for domestic and international travel.
- Bull Head
- Snow Hill
- Speights Bridge
Schools is Greene County are administered by the Greene County Public School system. The five schools include Greene Central High School, Greene Early College High School, Greene County Middle School, Snow Hill Primary School and West Greene Elementary School. Higher education is provided through nearby East Carolina University or community colleges located in Goldsboro, Greenville and Kinston. One private school, Mt. Calvary Christian Academy, is also located in the county.
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