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Pitt County
Pitt County Courthouse in Greenville
Pitt County Courthouse in Greenville
Official seal of Pitt County
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Map of North Carolina highlighting Pitt County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
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North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1760
Named for William Pitt the Elder
Seat Greenville
Largest city Greenville
Area
 • Total 655 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Land 652 sq mi (1,690 km2)
 • Water 2.9 sq mi (8 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
172,169
 • Density 264.1/sq mi (102.0/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts 1st, 3rd

Pitt County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 170,243, making it the fourteenth-most populous county in North Carolina. Its county seat is Greenville.

Pitt County comprises the Greenville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. As one of the fastest-growing centers in the state, the county has seen a population boom since 1990.

History

The county was formed in 1760 from Beaufort County, though the legislative act that created it did not become effective until January 1, 1761. It was named for William Pitt the Elder, who was then Secretary of State for the Southern Department and Leader of the House of Commons. William Pitt was an English statesman and orator, born in London, England. He studied at Oxford University and in 1731 joined the army. Pitt led the young "Patriot" Whigs and in 1756 became secretary of state, where he was a pro-freedom speaker in British Colonial government.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 655 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 652 square miles (1,690 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 8,270
1800 9,084 9.8%
1810 9,169 0.9%
1820 10,001 9.1%
1830 12,093 20.9%
1840 11,806 −2.4%
1850 13,397 13.5%
1860 16,080 20.0%
1870 17,276 7.4%
1880 21,794 26.2%
1890 25,519 17.1%
1900 30,889 21.0%
1910 36,340 17.6%
1920 45,569 25.4%
1930 54,466 19.5%
1940 61,244 12.4%
1950 63,789 4.2%
1960 69,942 9.6%
1970 73,900 5.7%
1980 90,146 22.0%
1990 107,924 19.7%
2000 133,798 24.0%
2010 168,148 25.7%
Est. 2021 172,169 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2020 census

Pitt County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 86,837 51.01%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 59,813 35.13%
Native American 494 0.29%
Asian 3,056 1.8%
Pacific Islander 94 0.06%
Other/Mixed 6,981 4.1%
Hispanic or Latino 12,968 7.62%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 170,243 people, 70,926 households, and 41,427 families residing in the county.

Transportation

Major highways

  • US 13
  • US 258
  • US 264
  • NC 11
  • NC 30
  • NC 33
  • NC 43
  • NC 102
  • NC 118
  • NC 121
  • NC 222
  • NC 903

Airport

American Airlines (PSA Airlines) serves the Pitt-Greenville Airport daily with connecting flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Communities

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

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Arthur
  • Ayden
  • Belvoir
  • Bethel
  • Black Jack
  • Carolina (Stokes)
  • Chicod
  • Falkland
  • Farmville
  • Fountain
  • Greenville
  • Grifton
  • Grimesland
  • Pactolus
  • Simpson
  • Swift Creek
  • Winterville

Education

Private

Private schools in Pitt County include:

  • Brookhaven SDA School
  • Calvary Christian Academy
  • Children's Montessori School
  • Christ Covenant School
  • Community Christian Academy
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Greenville Christian Academy
  • Greenville Montessori School
  • John Paul II Catholic HS
  • The Oakwood School
  • Roseleaf Academy
  • Saint Peter Catholic School
  • Trinity Christian School

Public

Public schools in Pitt County are managed by Pitt County Schools.

Elementary schools

  • Ayden Elementary School
  • Belvoir Elementary School
  • Creekside Elementary School
  • Eastern Elementary School
  • Elmhurst Elementary School
  • Falkland Elementary School
  • H. B. Sugg School (K–2)
  • Lake Forest Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Ridgewood Elementary School
  • Sam D. Bundy School (3–5)
  • South Greenville Elementary School
  • W. H. Robinson Elementary School
  • Wahl-Coates Elementary School
  • Wintergreen Intermediate School (3–5)
  • Wintergreen Primary School (K–2)

K–8 schools

  • Bethel School
  • Chicod School
  • G. R. Whitfield School
  • Grifton School
  • Pactolus School
  • Stokes School

Middle schools

  • A. G. Cox Middle School
  • Ayden Middle School
  • C. M. Eppes Middle School
  • E. B. Aycock Middle School
  • Farmville Middle School
  • Hope Middle School
  • Wellcome Middle School

High schools

  • Ayden-Grifton High School
  • D. H. Conley High School
  • Farmville Central High School
  • J. H. Rose High School
  • North Pitt High School
  • South Central High School

Alternative schools

  • Pitt County Schools Early College High School

Post-secondary schools

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