Bath, NC

Bath, situated in Beaufort County, is a small town made up of about 1 square mile...

2018 Best Guide to Bath, NC

June 6, 2018

Bath was incorporated in 1705, and is North Carolina's oldest town.

In the 1690's, Protestant and French Huguenots (French Protestant) settled in what is modern day Bath, and by 1708 the town had almost 50 residents and 12 homes. Early in the town's history it was troubled with: yellow fever, drought, piracy, political struggle, and a war with the Tuscarora Indians. The town suffered multiple attacks but the Indians were ultimately defeated in 1715 by an alliance of North Carolina settlers and another group of Indians.

Blackbeard the pirate, infamous by the this time, temporarily settled in Bath in 1718. He was given a royal pardon in an attempt to reduce piracy in the region, but his continued piracy lead to his execution later the same year.

Bath, North Carolina has remained mostly unchanged and even lies inside the same borders that were established by the founder of the town; John Lawson.


The median resident age in Bath is 60 years. The median estimated household income is about $72,000 making it about $27,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $40,000. The average price for a home in Bath is about $208,000 (2013) which is $53,000 more than the North Carolina Average.

The racial makeup of Bath is 98% White, 1% Black, and 2% Hispanic. 95% of the population are high school graduates, with 42% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 62% are married, 9% are divorced, 14% are widowed, leaving 15% that have never been married.

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Beaufort County

Bath belongs to Beaufort County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, previously known as Beaufort Precinct (1712), is part of the Washington, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Beaufort County has a population of 48,000 and its largest city Washington, with a population of 10,000, is the county seat.

Beaufort County borders Washington, Pamlico, Hyde, Craven, Martin, and Pitt Counties.

Beaufort County is made up of 958 square miles. 827 of which is land with the remaining 131 as water.


The Population of Bath, NC is about 250.


The elevation of Bath, NC is 13 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Bath, NC is 27808.

Area Code

The area code for Bath, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Bath and Beaufort County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 46% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 52% are protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Bath is around 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Education, manufacturing, and administration/waste management make nearly half of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Washington Daily News is the primary newspaper that cover the Beaufort County area.