Introduction to Goldsboro, North Carolina

Goldsboro, North Carolina, in Wayne county, is 38 miles SW of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center) and 45 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. The city contains a population of approximately 39,043.

Goldsboro History

The present day town of Goldsboro was founded as Goldsborough’s Junction in 1787. It was named in honor of Major Matthew T. Goldsborough, an engineer with the local railroad company. The town's name was later shortened to Goldsborough. It was officially incorporated in 1847 and was declared the Wayne County seat. Since Goldsborough was a railroad junction, it played an important role in the Civil War. It was used extensively for stationing Confederate troops and transporting their supplies.

Goldsboro and nearby Attractions

  • Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course
  • Wayne County Museum
  • Waynesborough State Park
  • Three Eagles Golf Course
  • Quaker Lake Neck

Things To Do In Goldsboro

The Cliffs of Neuse State Park, which is in the neighborhood, occupies an area of 751 acres. It is located along the southern banks of the Neuse River. The park has several hiking trails, picnic areas, a swimming area, fishing areas, and a nature museum. Herman Park has tennis courts, a recreational center, picnic shelters, miniature train, a turn-of-the-century park house, goldfish pond, gazebo, children's playground, and a fountain.

Goldsboro Transportation

Flights can be availed from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Goldsboro Higher Education

Wayne Community College is the local higher education institution. Other institutions located further away are Pitt Community College and East Carolina University.


Total Population 35,952
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 13,293
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.7%
Median Earnings25+ $27,905
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,048
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,168


Median Family Income $41,565
% Above Poverty Level 74.6%
% Below Poverty Level 25.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $734
Median House Value $115,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 6.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Goldsboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles SW of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Wayne
Metro Area Goldsboro
Standard Zip Codes 27530, 27531, 27534
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27532, 27533
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.384
Longitude -77.993

Goldsboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Station WARSAW 5 E
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.5 inches
Station KINSTON 5 SE
Distance 28.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Goldsboro, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Patetown (27530)

Seymour Johnson A F B (27531)

Sjafb (27531)

Webtown (27530)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eureka 144 $44,688
Fremont 1,147 $33,750
La Grange 2,842 $38,500
Pikeville 751 $53,438
Princeton 1,310 $41,500
Walnut Creek 870 $144,643

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Goldsboro Public Libraries

Wayne County Public Library
Goldsboro, North Carolina
(919) 735-1824
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Goldsboro Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(919) 736-1110
Emergency Service: Yes

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Goldsboro High Schools

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Serves 1,287 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

Serves 741 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

Serves 496 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

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