Smithfield is the county seat of Johnston County, North Carolina. The city is located in North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle and is approximately 29 miles southeast of Downtown Raleigh.
The city is home to the Ava Gardner Museum and is situated along the Neuse River, where visitors enjoy the annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival.
Smithfield has one higher education institution, Johnston Community College, with nearly 3,000 students enrolled.
Johnston Medical Center, part of Johnston Health, also resides in the city of Smithfield, NC.