Jacksonville Now Largest City In Eastern Carolina

Jacksonville is now the largest city in Eastern Carolina, that from new state estimates.

According to the Office of Management & Budget, Jacksonville now has 81,873 people, compared to Greenville with 81,092.

Overall, Jacksonville is now the state's 10th largest city, and Greenville the 11th.

Other cities in the east on the list are Rocky Mount with 59,228, Wilson at 50,643, Goldsboro with 37,661, New Bern with 26,153 and Kinston at 22,808.

Onslow County remains the largest county is the east with an estimated 176,004 people. Pitt County has a population of 155,570.


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  • by J Location: g-ville on Oct 16, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    wilmington population is estimated at 100,000, but is not considered eastern nc, (its in the "southeast")
  • by DTF Location: New Bern on Oct 15, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    So...how many people live in Wilmington?
  • by yup on Oct 15, 2009 at 12:54 PM
    yup, we've got them surpassed in the crime rates. and there is the competition for who has the bigger cesspool between the cities...
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    I dont know how Greenville has more crime when all I see on the news is bad stuff happening in Jacksonville and Onslow county, every day a shooting/stabbing/raping, or wierd killing..Greenville just has
  • by WAIT Location: greenville on Oct 15, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    Jacksonville may be bigger but we have more crime!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Yes but the Pirates seem to be off again, off again most of the time. The fans tailgating around the stadium still only have the Peach Bowl to carry on about. They cannon doesn't fire as much as it used to.
  • by TruthBTold on Oct 15, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    I wish that Jacksonville did have the Pirates because it would be less stressful on Greenville traffic.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Oct 15, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    To Anonymous, can you name a team in ANY sport that isn't "on again & off again". I'm a big time sports guy and I don't know of ANY.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    Does the population count the University? I am not sure they are considered residents.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    Trevor-Who needs the Pirates with their on-again off-again performances. I'd rather follow high school football in Jacksonville.
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