Greenville, a community of 511 persons, according to the 2010 census, serves as the county seat for Wayne County. Average temperatures range from 41 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 67 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission helps to promote economic development for Greenville.
Mayor Carroll Rainwater and the four-member city council serve at 108 Walnut Street. The population of Greenville has increased slightly, 13.3 percent, since the 2000 census. Citizens are protected by a full-time police officer and nine volunteer firemen. The per capita income in 2015, for Wayne County, was $16,791.
Out of a 5,205-person workforce in Wayne County, 4,712 are employed. The unemployment rate is 9.5 percent as of 2015 with 493 out of work. The average hourly wage for the county is $11.90. In nearby Piedmont, McAllister Software, Specialty Brands, Nu-Dell Plastics, and Corlair Corporation can be found. The county's other major employers include Clearwater Schools, which employs 160; Greenville Healthcare employs 49; and Henry Schein/AVImark which employs 170.
Black River Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Fredericktown, provides electric power for Greenville. The City itself provides sewer services for its residents from its four-cell treated lagoon. Public Water Supply District #1 provides water to Greenville residents from its well. Telephone service is provided by Windstream. Residents and businesses obtain internet service from a local internet service provider in Poplar Bluff as well as Windstream.
Residents of Greenville obtain medical services from Greenville Family Clinic. The nearest healthcare facilities are in Poplar Bluff at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Kneibert Clinic, and Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center, all 32 miles south.
US Highway 67 runs directly through Greenville. Residents also utilize Missouri Highways 34, D, and E. It is 15 miles to the nearest four-lane highway and Interstate 55 is 50 miles east. The nearest airport is in Piedmont.
Greenville children attend public elementary and high school in town. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff, Fall 2017 enrollment was 3,226 students. Poplar Bluff Area Technical Career Center is available for students seeking training in vocational skills. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2017, enrollment for the university was 11,502 students.
There are six Protestant churches serving the community's spiritual needs. Residents do their banking locally at Peoples Community Bank. There are two public parks within a 20-mile radius for the enjoyment of young and old alike.
Wappapello Lake at Old Greenville is a popular attraction for locals as well as visitors from all over the state. Everyone can enjoy camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, boating, swimming, and water skiing. Mark Twain National Forest and Sam A. Baker State Park are near and the Old Greenville Nationall Historic Site is an interesting site. Annual rainfall for the area averages 45 inches a year.
The community is represented by 153rd District State Representative Steve Cookson (R) and 27th District State Senator Wayne Wallingford (R). U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Greenville in the Eighth Congressional District.