Edenton, NC

Edenton, situated in Chowan County, is a small town made up of 5.6 square miles.

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Edenton was one of the earliest settlements in North Carolina, being settled in the 1650s by Jamestown colonists.  

The Edenton Tea Part took place in 1774, which is one of the earliest known protests to be enacted by women.  


The median resident age in Edenton is 39 years. The median estimated household income is about $26,000 making it about $22,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $17,500. The average price for a home in Edenton is about $121,000 (2015) which is $39,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Edenton is 40% White, 55% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 4% other.

79% of the population are high school graduates, with 19% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

43% are married, 12% are divorced, 5% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.

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Chowan County

Edenton belongs to Chowan County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county was formed in 1739, and was named after the Chowanoc Indian Tribe.

Chowan County has a population of 15,000 and its largest city Edenton, with a population of 5,000, is the county seat.

Chowan County borders Gates, Perquimans, Washington, Bertie, and Hertford counties.

Chowan County is made up of 233 square miles. 172 of which is land with the remaining 61 as water.


The population of Edenton, NC is about 5,000. The population has been steadily decreasing since 2000.


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

Zip Code

The zip code for Edenton, NC is 27932.

Area Code

The area code for Edenton, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Edenton and Chowan County have voted mostly Republican, with 52% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election.

This represents the trend for the previous two elections.

As of 2010, 52% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 43% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 5%.


The unemployment rate for Edenton is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Transportation, mining, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald is the primary newspaper that cover the Chowan County area.