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Greene County
The Greene County Courthouse in Snow Hill
Map of North Carolina highlighting Greene County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1791
Named for Nathanael Greene
Seat Snow Hill
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 80/sq mi (30/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 21,362. Its county seat is Snow Hill.


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.

See also: List of former United States counties


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.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 4,218
1810 4,867 15.4%
1820 4,533 −6.9%
1830 6,413 41.5%
1840 6,595 2.8%
1850 6,619 0.4%
1860 7,925 19.7%
1870 8,687 9.6%
1880 10,037 15.5%
1890 10,039 0.0%
1900 12,038 19.9%
1910 13,083 8.7%
1920 16,212 23.9%
1930 18,656 15.1%
1940 18,548 −0.6%
1950 18,024 −2.8%
1960 16,741 −7.1%
1970 14,967 −10.6%
1980 16,117 7.7%
1990 15,384 −4.5%
2000 18,974 23.3%
2010 21,362 12.6%
2018 (est.) 21,012 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 18,975 people, 6,696 households, and 4,955 families residing in the county. The population density was 72 people per square mile (28/km2). There were 7,368 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 51.83% White, 41.21% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.75% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 7.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,696 households, out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.10% were married couples living together, 17.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,074, and the median income for a family was $36,419. Males had a median income of $27,048 versus $21,351 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,452. About 16.00% of families and 20.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.30% of those under age 18 and 20.50% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways

  • 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: PGVICAO: KPGVFAA LID: PGV) with service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, although most residents use Raleigh-Durham International Airport for domestic and international travel.


Map of Greene County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Greene County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels


Census-designated place

Unincorporated community


  • Bull Head
  • Carrs
  • Hookerton
  • Jason
  • Olds
  • Ormondsville
  • Shine
  • 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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