GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Growth in Greenville, it’s something most people in town talk about almost every day. Now the numbers are in to prove it. The latest US Census Bureau data shows Greenville’s population is on the verge of 100,000 people. That’s up 6,000 from 5 years ago.
Now the numbers are in to prove it. The latest US Census Bureau data shows Greenville’s population is on the verge of 100,000 people. That’s up 6,000 from 5 years ago.
People who live in the area say they notice the growth.
ECU student, Jessica Herbert said, “More businesses downtown, just like more people coming to the area.”
Helen Mary Uebler lives in Greenville and commented that, “Every time I go to a part of town I haven’t been to in a while, there’s a new building.”
The Census Bureau’s latest data shows Greenville now has more than 90,000 residents, up from 84,000 since 2010. A number of people think the increase is a good thing.
“Growing up here, being born here, the town has exploded in size, I mean, it was just teeny tiny when I was little,” Uebler said.
Bob Uebler said, “I think it means opportunities for our young folks here.”
While population growth is great, city leaders say it’s not the end all be all. They’re not satisfied with more people walking, shopping, or eating uptown, they want more.
Economic Development Project Coordinator Tom Wisemiller said, “Population growth is good, but even better is really broad based economic development.’
It’s Wisemiller’s job to expand Greenville. He said the best way to do that is to attract more jobs, the people will just fall into place, “That’s going to bring a lot of value to the community that really will impact your tax base and impact economic opportunities throughout the community.”
All of the data for this year’s census is from 2015 and it does include ECU students.
Assistant City Manager Merrill Flood says cities do get federal funding based on a number of factors including their population size. He doesn’t know if Greenville’s new numbers will change how much the city already receives.