Ahoskie, NC

Ahoskie, situated in Hertford County, is a small town made up of 4.31 square miles.

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Ahoskie has been nicknamed "The Only One" due to its unique name. The town's name is thought to have been inspired by the language of the Wyanoke Indians, who lived in the area when settlers first arrived.

Ahoskie is a rural town located in Hertford County, along the Inner Banks area of the Northeastern part of North Carolina.

It is situated between the Chowan and Roanoke Rivers in the south-central part of the county, on U. S. Hwy 13 and Pleasure Route. Virginia is just 24 miles to the north.

Ahoskie is the largest town in Hertford County. The town's name derived from the Wyanoke Indians term "Ahotsky". These native Americans came to the area during the 1500's.

The name as it is spelled today became official in 1894 when the post office was established and the railroad came through the area.

Ahoskie rose from the Norfolk and Carolina Railroad (Atlantic Coastline Railroad), which connects Aulander to Cofield. No other geographic or topographic features influenced the town's development, as it is found on the level coastal plain.

There are about 5,400 people living in the town today, which consists of slightly more than 4 square miles. Ahoskie is situated at about 50 feet (town center) in elevation. In 1900 there were just 300 people living here.

Ahoskie NC has a historic district that entails more than 600 buildings in the business area of town.

The down town area has 14 buildings that make up a National Historic District, gaining status in 1985.

The town is noted for the motion picture Mississippi Damned, which was filmed on location in 2008.

Roanoke-Chowan News Herald is the newspaper that serves the town. Hertford County High School serves the town of Ahoskie NC. Roanoke-Chowan Community College, with a full-time enrollment of about 650 students is located at 109 Community College Road in Ahoskie.

Ahoskie's motto is "The Only One", a term suggesting the name Ahoskie is not found anywhere else in the world.


The median resident age in Ahoskie is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $27,000, making it about $23,000 less than the North Carolina average.

The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Ahoskie is about $103,000 (2016) which is $62,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $670 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Ahoskie is 61% Black, 31% White, and 8% other. 79% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

37% are married, 10% are divorced, 11% are widowed, 4% are separated, leaving 38% that have never been married.

Towns Nearby

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Hertford County

Town belongs to Hertford County in the north eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after Francis Conway, the Marquis of Hertford, has a population of 24,700.

Its largest town, Ahoskie, has a population of 500. It's county seat is Winton, which has a population of 770.

Hertford County borders Bertie, Southampton (VA), Gates, Northampton and Chowan counties.

Hertford County is made up of 360 square miles. 353 of which is land with the remaining 7 as water.


The population of Ahoskie, NC is about 5,000. The population of the has steadily grown since the town was founded, aside from a slight decrease in the 1980s and 90s.


The elevation of Ahoskie, NC is 46 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Ahoskie, NC is 27910.

Area Code

The area code for Ahoskie, NC is 252, 209, 332, and 862.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Ahoskie and Hertford County have voted mostly Democrat, with 68% going to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 34% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 1%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Ahoskie is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of 5%. Manufacturing, retail, and social assistance make 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald is the primary newspaper for the Hertford County area.