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Overview

Introduction to Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina, in Wilson county, is 16 miles SW of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center) and 40 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina. The city contains a population of approximately 44,405.

Wilson History

Wilson began like most other frontier towns where growth was very slow until it had a railroad. The Wilmington-Weldon Railroad was completed in 1845 which spurred remarkable development in Wilson. In January 1849, Wilson was officially established as a town after merging the villages of Hickory Grove and Toisnot Junction. It was named in honor of Louis D. Wilson, a legislator and soldier, who died fighting in the Mexican War.

Wilson and nearby Attractions

  • Arts Council of Wilson
  • Wilson Country Club
  • Putt Putt of Wilson?
  • Wilson County Senior Center
  • Wiggin Mills Reservoir

Things To Do In Wilson

Visitors and residents flock to the live events organized by The Arts Council of Wilson. These events are held at the historically significant Boykin Center downtown. The North Carolina Baseball Museum, near Fleming Stadium, is a must-visit place for baseball fans. Those interested in history should visit the African-American History Museum, located in the Freeman Round House. The Freeman Round House is a stone building which is a marvel of engineering.

Wilson Transportation

One can avail of air transportation from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Wilson Higher Education

Barton College and Wilson Technical Community College are the local centers for higher learning.

People

Total Population 49,389
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 19,843
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.6%
Median Earnings25+ $31,029
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,766
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,419

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,864
% Above Poverty Level 73.2%
% Below Poverty Level 26.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $739
Median House Value $132,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.8%
Irish 4.6%

Wilson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles SW of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles E of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Wilson
Standard Zip Codes 27893, 27896
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27894, 27895
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.721
Longitude -77.915

Wilson 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 WILSON 3 SW
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches
Station ROCKY MOUNT 8 ESE
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station TARBORO 1 S
Distance 24.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bailey 494 $50,833
Black Creek 788 $40,500
Lucama 1,019 $39,191
Saratoga 436 $44,375
Stantonsburg 649 $38,375

Wilson Public Libraries

Library
Wilson County Public Library
249 NASH STREET W
Wilson, North Carolina
(252) 237-5355
Library Web Site

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Wilson Hospitals

WILSON MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1705 S TARBORO ST
(252) 399-8040
Emergency Service: Yes

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Wilson High Schools

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JAMES HUNT HIGH
4559 LAMM RD
252-399-7930
Serves 1,249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.5

FIKE HIGH
500 HARRISON DR N
252-399-7905
Serves 1,158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29

BEDDINGFIELD HIGH
4510 OLD STANTONSBURG RD
252-399-7880
Serves 1,038 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.3

ETN NC SCHOOL FORTHE DEAF
HIGHWAY 301 N
252-237-2450
A Special Education School
Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.3

MILTON M DANIELS LEARNING CTR.
723 ELVIE STREET
252-399-7900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

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