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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,862
Male Share of the Population45.3%
Female Share of the Population54.7%
Senior Citizens21.9%
Employed Population 16+3,620
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married41.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.3%
Median Earnings25+$28,874
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,272
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,664

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,932
% Above Poverty Level77.9%
% Below Poverty Level22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone37.9%
Median Gross Rent$638
Median House Value$144,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57.8%
English8.6%
German7.5%
Irish6.9%
Scottish1.6%
Dutch1.3%
Polish1.2%
Italian1.1%
French Except Basque0.8%
African0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Jamaican0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Nigerian0.3%
Australian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Croatian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Arab0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Washington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Beaufort County
Standard Zip Codes27889
Phone Area Codes252
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.55
Approximate Longitude-77.05

Washington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationAURORA 6 N
Distance18.9 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp49 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp52 to 74 F
Annual Precip50 inches
StationBELHAVEN 5 SW
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp34 to 53 F
Apr Temp50 to 73 F
Jul Temp71 to 89 F
Oct Temp51 to 73 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationBAYBORO 3 E
Distance33.3 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip54.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bath260$80,313
Chocowinity823$43,359
Greenville89,745$52,574
Grimesland451$39,375
Simpson375$65,833
Vanceboro1,165$34,609

Washington Public Libraries

Bhm Regional Library
158 N MARKET ST
Washington, North Carolina
(252) 946-6401
George H. And Laura E. Brown Public Library
122 VAN NORDEN ST
Washington, North Carolina
(252) 975-9356

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Washington Hospitals

Vidant Beaufort Hospital
(Non-profit)
628 East Twelfth St
(252) 975-4100

Washington Public Schools

Beaufort Co Early College High
5337 Hwy 264 East
ZIP: 27889
(252) 940-6227
High
Total Enrollment 227
Eastern Elementary
947 Hudnell Street
ZIP: 27889
(252) 946-1611
Primary
Total Enrollment 672
John C Tayloe Elementary
910 Tarboro Street
ZIP: 27889
(252) 946-3350
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
John Small Elementary
4103 North Market Street Ext
ZIP: 27889
(252) 946-3941
Middle
Total Enrollment 544
P S Jones Middle
4105 N Market Street Ext
ZIP: 27889
(252) 946-0874
Middle
Total Enrollment 870
Washington High
400 Slatestone Road
ZIP: 27889
(252) 946-0858
High
Total Enrollment 1035
Washington Montessori
2330 Old Bath Hwy
ZIP: 27889
(252) 946-1977
Other
Total Enrollment 332
B C Ed Tech Center
820 North Bridge St
ZIP: 27899
(252) 946-5382
Other
Total Enrollment 46

Washington Private Schools

Emmanuel Christian School
3078 Us Highway 17 N
ZIP: 27889
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
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