Introduction to Williamston, North Carolina

Williamston, North Carolina, in Martin county, is 24 miles NE of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center) and 86 miles SW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The town has a population of approximately 5,843.

Williamston History

Originally, a Tuscaroran Indian village existed in this region, and the natives referred to the place as "Squhawky". In the 1750s, a group of English settlers from Bertie County arrived and established a community which they named "Tar Landing". Over the years, it emerged as a major shipping center for pitch, turpentine, tar, and other forest and meat products. Following the creation of Martin County in 1774, this area became the county seat. During the Revolutionary War in 1779, the community was named "Williamston" and was incorporated as a town. It was the first town in the county to receive official incorporation. According to one tradition, the community was named in honor of Colonel William Williams. However, another tradition states that it was named after "Dick" Williams, a poor Irish weaver who was successful in creating a substantial fortune and emerging as one of the most influential men in the area.

Williamston and Nearby Attractions

  • Historic Halifax State Historic Site
  • East Carolina Village of Yesteryear
  • Goose Creek State Park
  • Morningstar Nature Refuge
  • Greenville Museum of Art

Things To Do In Williamston

Williamston offers easy access to the Roanoke River. The surrounding woodlands provide opportunities for camping, boating, paddling, fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting, and photography. The Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge and Charles Kuralt Trail, and the Skewarkee Rail Trail are popular destinations in the town. The Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston hosts frequent equestrian events. East Carolina Village of Yesteryear, which features a schoolhouse, a country store, and a church, also showcases artifacts which reflect life in the region during the 19th and 20th century. Goose Creek State Park, and Pettigrew State Park are other popular parks in the area.

Williamston Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Craven County Regional Airport.

Williamston Higher Education

Williamston is home to the Martin Community College. East Carolina University, Beaufort County Community College, and Pitt Community College are the nearby colleges.


Total Population 5,569
Male Share of the Population 40.4%
Female Share of the Population 59.6%
Senior Citizens 20.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,107
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 34.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.3%
Median Earnings25+ $25,323
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,347


Median Family Income $41,250
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 38.3%
Median Gross Rent $606
Median House Value $92,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.9%
US/American 0%
English 6.3%
Irish 2.2%

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

Williamston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles NE of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 86 miles SW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County Martin
Standard Zip Codes 27892
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.854
Longitude -77.055

Williamston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.2 inches
Distance 24.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Everetts 157 $26,071
Hamilton 384 $31,667
Jamesville 547 $40,179
Parmele 334 $58,750
Robersonville 1,501 $38,750

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

Williamston Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(252) 809-6179
Emergency Service: Yes

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