Whether you prefer the beach or the mountains, the cultural life of major urban areas or the quiet tranquility of historic small towns of eastern North Carolina, Edgecombe County is in the heart of it all.
Edgecombe County's recreational opportunities are virtually limitless, whether your game is golf, baseball, shopping, hunting, canoeing, or simply enjoying rocking on the front porch.

A mix of public schools, private institutions and higher education opportunities offer Edgecombe County residents a full complement of choices.

Edgecombe County is a place where tradition and diversity fuel economic growth; a place where excitement for the future parallels pride in the past.  Be it new construction or late 19th and early 20th century Victorian, Second Empire, Neo-classical revival homes, Edgecombe County offers families a chance to mark their own place in time.              

The Visitors Center is housed at the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce at 500M Main Street in Tarboro.  The Center is your source for free travel and tourism information not only for Edgecombe County and North Carolina, but for just about every state. 

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  Address Phone Number   Population
Edgecombe County  201 St. Andrews St.  641-7845  52,647 
Town of Tarboro 500 Main St. 641-4200 11,138
Town of Conetoe PO Box 268 823-1043 329
Town of Macclesfield 203 W. Green St. 827-4823 409
Town of Pinetops 101 E. Hamlet St. 827-4435 1,268 
Town of Princeville 201 S. Main St. 823-1057 2,020
Town of Speed PO Box 242 823-6194 66
Town of Whitakers PO Box 6 437-4011 770

General Information 

  • Population: 2007 Estimate: 52,647 
  • Population Density: 110 per sq mile
  • Average rental price: Median Rent: $500
  • Cost of Living: 88.6%
  • Median household income (in 2014 dollars), 2010-2014 $33,892
  • Veterans, 2010-2014 3,915
  • Housing units, July 1, 2015 24,627
  • Housing units, April 1, 2010 24,838
  • Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2010-2014 62.6%
  • Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2010-2014 $81,700
  • Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2010-2014 - $1,009
  • Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2010-2014 $421
  • Median gross rent, 2010-2014  - $649
  • High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2010-2014 77.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2010-2014 10.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2010-2014 21.6