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Overview

Introduction to Tarboro, North Carolina

Tarboro, North Carolina is 14 miles E of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center) and 62 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina.It is in Edgecombe county. The town is part of the Rocky Mount metro area.

Tarboro History

Tarboro was originally inhabited by the Tuscarora Indians. It was first settled by the whites in the 1730s. At that time, the area was known as Tawboro, which was derived from an Indian term "Taw" meaning "river of health." It was incorporated on November 30, 1760, and was renamed Tarborough. The town became the county seat of Edgecombe County in 1764. George Washington, first President of the United States, visited the town during his 1791 Southern tour.

Tarboro and nearby Attractions

  • Blount - Bridgers House
  • Military Museum
  • East Carolina Village of Yesteryear
  • Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center
  • Medoc Mountain State Park
  • Historic Halifax State Historic Site

Things To Do In Tarboro

During your stay in Tarboro, you can visit the Blount-Bridgers Historical Gardens, Pender History Museum, and Edgecombe County Veteran’s Museum. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll or drive through the Tarboro Historic District National Recreation Trail. One can also visit Sunrise Park and Burlington Park. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Parkhill Mall, River Oaks Landing Shopping Center, Tarboro Shopping Center, Edgecombe Square Shopping Center, and Fairview Shopping Center.

Tarboro Transportation

Flights are available from Pitt-Greenville Airport.

Tarboro Higher Education

The local college is Edgecombe Community College. Higher education can also be availed from Pitt Community College, Vance-Granville Community College, and East Carolina University.

People

Total Population 11,292
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 21.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,322
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 37%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.8%
Median Earnings25+ $30,410
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,518
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,687

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,101
% Above Poverty Level 83%
% Below Poverty Level 17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $625
Median House Value $101,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 4.8%

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

Tarboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Edgecombe
Metro Area Rocky Mount
Standard Zip Codes 27886
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.896
Longitude -77.536

Tarboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station TARBORO 1 S
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station GREENVILLE
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Station JACKSON
Distance 34.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethel 1,849 $40,200
Conetoe 352 $37,000
Hobgood 384 $29,375
Macclesfield 513 $35,536
Pinetops 1,161 $27,045
Princeville 2,188 $34,706

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

Tarboro Public Libraries

Library
Edgecombe County Memorial Library
909 MAIN STREET
Tarboro, North Carolina
(252) 823-1141
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Tarboro Hospitals

HERITAGE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
111 HOSPITAL DR
(252) 641-7700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tarboro High Schools

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TARBORO HIGH
1400 HOWARD AVENUE
252-823-4284
Serves 794 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

NORTH EDGECOMBE HIGH
7589 NC33-NW
252-823-3562
Serves 384 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

CENTER FOR ED ACHIEVEMENT
7589 NC33-NW
252-641-6838
A Non-traditional School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.7

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