Introduction to Washington, North Carolina

Washington, North Carolina is 18 miles E of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center) and 90 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is located in Beaufort county and has a population of 9,583.

Washington History

The community of Washington was laid out in 1775 by Colonel James Bonner, who named the settlement "Washington" in honor of his commander-in-chief, General George Washington. It was the first community to be named after the United States' first president. It was incorporated in 1782, and became the seat of Beaufort County three years later. In the 1780s, the community developed as a regional shipping center, largely because of its location at the confluence of inland and coastal rivers. By 1784, Washington was recognized as a port. During the Revolutionary War, the city served as a federal supply outpost.

Washington and Nearby Attractions

  • Aurora Fossil Museum
  • Historic Bath State Historic Site
  • Goose Creek State Park
  • North Carolina Estuarium
  • North Carolina Aquarium - Pine Knoll Shores

Things To Do In Washington

Exhibits in the Aurora Fossil Museum depict the paleontology and geology of the North Carolina coastal plains. East Carolina Village of Yesteryear includes a schoolhouse, a country store, and a church, and also features artifacts which reflect life in the region during the 19th and 20th century. Historic Bath State Historic Site, and Greenville Museum of Art are also close by. The North Carolina Aquarium - Pine Knoll Shores, situated in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, is a popular attraction. Visitors to Goose Creek State Park can enjoy boating, swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. The North Carolina Estuarium, located in the city, houses over 200 historic and scientific exhibits that highlight the ecology of North Carolina's estuaries. The community celebrates the Summer Festival, and the International Migratory Bird Day Festival every year.

Washington Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Washington Higher Education

Washington is home to the Beaufort County Community College. East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, and Coastal Carolina Community College are the other nearby colleges.


Total Population 9,777
Male Share of the Population 43.4%
Female Share of the Population 56.6%
Senior Citizens 21.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,536
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 40.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $40,547
% Above Poverty Level 75.7%
% Below Poverty Level 24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 40.2%
Median Gross Rent $621
Median House Value $152,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.5%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 4.9%

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

Washington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles E of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Beaufort
Standard Zip Codes 27889
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.546
Longitude -77.052

Washington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station AURORA 6 N
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 50 inches
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 53 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 89 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Station BAYBORO 3 E
Distance 33.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bath 270 $81,458
Chocowinity 936 $43,333
Greenville 88,598 $51,788
Grimesland 421 $31,250
Simpson 383 $74,000
Vanceboro 1,199 $41,875

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

Washington Public Libraries

Bhm Regional Library
Washington, North Carolina
(252) 946-6401
George H. And Laura E. Brown Public Library
Washington, North Carolina
(252) 975-9356

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Washington Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
628 E 12TH ST
(252) 975-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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