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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,534
Male Share of the Population42.4%
Female Share of the Population57.6%
Senior Citizens17.7%
Employed Population 16+2,192
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married38%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.1%
Median Earnings25+$26,266
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,712
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,484

Wealth

Median Family Income$44,215
% Above Poverty Level83.6%
% Below Poverty Level16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$622
Median House Value$92,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)65.8%
English6.7%
Irish1.6%
West Indian1%
Trinidad Tobago1%
German0.9%
Scottish0.7%
Canadian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
French Except Basque0.4%
African0.2%
Italian0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
Australian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Dutch0.1%
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Williamston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Martin County
Standard Zip Codes27892
Phone Area Codes252
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.85
Approximate Longitude-77.05

Williamston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWILLIAMSTON 1 E
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp32 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 71 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
StationLEWISTON
Distance20.3 miles
Jan Temp30 to 51 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip47.2 inches
StationGREENVILLE
Distance24.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Everetts167$24,479
Hamilton413$34,583
Jamesville578$38,750
Parmele295$55,000
Robersonville1,606$38,571
Windsor3,694$39,417

Williamston Hospitals

Martin General Hospital
(Proprietary)
310 South Mccaskey Road
(252) 809-6179

Williamston Public Schools

E J Hayes Elementary
201 Andrews St
ZIP: 27892
(252) 792-3678
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Riverside High
1260 Godwin Ave
ZIP: 27892
(252) 792-7881
High
Total Enrollment 561
Riverside Middle
2920 Us Hwy 17
ZIP: 27892
(252) 792-1111
Middle
Total Enrollment 478
Rodgers Elementary
2277 Rodgers School Rd
ZIP: 27892
(252) 792-3834
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Williamston Primary
400 West Blvd
ZIP: 27892
(252) 792-3253
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Bear Grass
6344 E Bear Grass Rd
ZIP: 27982
(252) 789-1010
Other
Total Enrollment 331
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