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. The population of Tarboro is 11,138.

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.


Total Population 11,323
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 21.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,283
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 39.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $31,193
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,223


Median Family Income $46,884
% Above Poverty Level 84%
% Below Poverty Level 16%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.5%
Median Gross Rent $664
Median House Value $105,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 5.4%

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


  • 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
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
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 1,834 $37,273
Conetoe 416 $38,750
Hobgood 416 $29,327
Macclesfield 443 $41,667
Pinetops 1,277 $32,917
Princeville 2,373 $37,344

Tarboro Public Libraries

Edgecombe County Memorial Library
Tarboro, North Carolina
(252) 823-1141
Library Web Site

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Tarboro Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(252) 641-7700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

7589 NC33-NW
Serves 384 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

7589 NC33-NW
A Non-traditional School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.7

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