Ayden, situated in Pitt County, is a small town made up of about two and a half square miles...
August 1, 2016
In 1891, a rancher by the name William Henry Harris persuaded the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad to construct a depot on part of his land. The area surrounding the depot became known as Harristown due to William Harris owning about half of the lots. In 1891,the area was incorporated as Ayden. Following the great depression and World War Two; Ayden experienced rapid growth. Even to this day the town grows thanks to the nearby economic hub Greenville.
The town makes up a piece of the Greenville Metropolitan Area.
The annual Ayden Collard Festival begins the week right after Labor Day and includes sports competitions, live bands, a parade, food, and the Miss Ayden contest.
Smiles and Frowns Playhouse is a non-profit theater for children. There are two shows per year to give children the chance to participate and learn about any interests they have in theater. Their phone number is (252)756-4959 and the website is http://www.smilesandfrowns.org.
The median resident age in Ayden is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $30,000 making it about $15,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $18,000. The average price for a home in Ayden is about $105,000 (2013) which is $50,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Ayden is 48% White, 48% Black, 3% Hispanic, and 1% other. 75% of the population are high school graduates, with 13% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 40% are married, 10% are divorced, 14% are widowed, 4% are separated, leaving 32% that have never been married.
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Ayden belongs to Pitt County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for William Pitt the Elder, is part of the Greenville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pitt County has a population of 168,000 and it's largest city Greenville, with a population of 10,000, is the county seat.
The county, formed from part of Beaufort County, borders Edgecombe, Greene, Wilson, Lenoir, Beaufort, Craven, and Martin Counties.
Pitt County is made up of 655 square miles. 652 of which is land with the remaining 3 as water.
The population of Ayden, NC is about 5,000. The population has been on the rise since the towns founding.
The elevation of Ayden, NC is 66 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Ayden, NC is 28513.
The area code for Ayden, NC is 252.
Historically speaking Ayden and Pitt County have had closely contested elections. The 2000 and 2004 Presidential Election went Republican by as close as 4% margins and the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Election going the way of the Democrats by around 8% margins.
As of 2010, 59% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 38% are protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.
The unemployment rate for Ayden is around 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Administration, Manufacturing, and Construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Daily Reflector, Times-Leader, and Minority Voice Newspaper are the primary newspapers that cover the Pitt County area.