Greenville is a somewhat small city in Texas that was founded in 1846 and named after Thomas J. Green who had a rather large role in establishing Texas as a republic. Greenville originally had much more land than it has today, but during the Civil War it was divided due to secession like many surrounding towns and counties at the time. The attorney and State Senator Martin Hart was a Unionist that fought in Arkansas even though the majority of Greenville's residents were on the side of the Confederacy. Later in 1880, Greenville became a hot spot for work when The Old MTK Katy Depot was built. This railroad traveled from Texas to Kansas and Missouri and was Hunt County's first railroad. Additional to the rail road, Greenville was home to the world's largest inland cotton compress that contributed to Hunt County being known as the cotton capital of the world.
During the 1990's, Greenville showed about a 500 person population increase. The city is still growing a slow but consistent rate and currently has a population of about 25,500 people, making it the largest city within twenty miles. Greenville is only about 45 miles away from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which is equivalent to about forty-five minutes of driving which isn't too bad at all for a weekend or even day trip to the area where there are countless things to do. Overall Greenville is close enough to multiple places so there should never be a problem finding stuff to do without needing to drive all that far; though of course there are many places meeting this criteria.
Greenville is home to L-3 Communications which employs upwards of 5,000 residents with the Presbyterian Hospital and the Greenville Independent School District supplying an additional 1600 jobs. Overall, there aren't many employment options in Greenville which leads to the 7,000 person population change during the day. The average household income of Greenville is around $37,000 and average home value as of 2009 was about $86,000.
The city of Greenville has a decent location being within an hour of Dallas and a large enough population to support retail stores and supermarkets. It's not a bad living option if you have found a job in the surrounding area with the, slowly but surely expanding neighborhoods and you don't mind living in an area with a higher than average crime rate, which is consistently rising.
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