City At A Glance
About Smithfield, NC
As the seat of Johnston County, Smithfield heads one of the fastest-growing areas in North Carolina. Just a short drive from Raleigh-Durham, the area is known for its highly acclaimed school system as well as its strong workforce programs at Johnston Community College. A leader in agri-tourism, Smithfield is also the birthplace of the late Ava Gardner, and her house-turned-museum landed the city on Livability.com's Top 10 Unusual Museums.