Introduction to Edenton, North Carolina

Edenton, North Carolina, in Chowan county, is 48 miles S of Suffolk, Virginia (center to center) and 60 miles SW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, 5,394 people lived in Edenton.

Edenton History

Edenton, which was incorporated in 1722, was named in honor of colonial governor Charles Eden. It was the capital of North Carolina's from 1722 to 1743. It became the economic and cultural center, and was a busy shipping port. During the American Civil War, local attorney William Badham, Jr. recruited the Albemarle Artillery at Edenton in 1862. The town was also the filming location for the movie "Dog Days of Summer".

Edenton and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of the Albemarle
  • James Iredell House
  • Somerset Place State Historic Site
  • Montrose Gardens
  • Pettigrew State Park

Things To Do In Edenton

Edenton has several places of historic interest like the James Iredell House, and the Cupola House. Somerset Place State Historic Site, the Museum of the Albemarle, and Pantego Academy Historical Museum are also located near the town. Pettigrew State Park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. Montrose Gardens, and the North Carolina Aquarium - Manteo are other popular destinations nearby. Residents of Edenton also host the Chowan County Fair, Music & Water Festival, and the Hog Fest every year.

Edenton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Norfolk International Airport.

Edenton Higher Education

Beaufort County Community College, Roanoke - Chowan Community College, Martin Community College, Chowan University, and Elizabeth City State University are some of the colleges near Edenton.


Total Population 4,979
Male Share of the Population 44.2%
Female Share of the Population 55.8%
Senior Citizens 21.9%
Employed Population 16+ 1,491
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.2%
Median Earnings25+ $17,461
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,444
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,645


Median Family Income $28,596
% Above Poverty Level 54.7%
% Below Poverty Level 45.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $642
Median House Value $123,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 5.3%

Edenton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles S of Suffolk, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles SW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County Chowan
Standard Zip Codes 27932
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.057
Longitude -76.608

Edenton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station PLYMOUTH 5 E
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 52 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

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Location Population Median Family Income
Colerain 188 $61,563
Creswell 370 $47,788
Hertford 2,353 $45,758
Plymouth 3,782 $27,857
Roper 598 $26,827

Edenton Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(252) 482-8451
Emergency Service: Yes

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