Elm City, NC

Elm City, situated in Wilson County, is a small town made up of .7 square miles.

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In the 1960s, KKK members drove away African American volunteers that were paining a church, which prompted Governor Terry Sanford to send state troopers to guard the painters later.  


The median resident age in Elm City is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $36,000 making it about $12,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Elm City is about $85,000 (2015) which is $75,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Elm City is 34% White, 47% Black, 7% Two or more races, and 12% other. 75% of the population are high school graduates, with 9% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 41% are married, 13% are divorced, 1% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 39% that have never been married.

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Wilson County

Elm City belongs to Wilson County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after Louis Dicken Wilson (a colonel in the Mexican-American War, and a state legislator from Edgecombe County), is part of the Wilson, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. In 1855, Wilson County formed from parts of Johnston, Nash, Wayne, and Edgecombe counties. Wilson County has a population of 81,230 and its largest city Wilson, with a population of 49,000, is the county seat.

Wilson County borders Nash, Pitt, Edgecombe, Greene, Wayne, and Johnston counties.

Wilson County is made up of 374 square miles. 368 of which is land with the remaining 6 as water.


The population of Elm City, NC is about 1,300. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1970's.


The elevation of Elm City, NC is 135 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Elm City, NC is 27822.

Area Code

The area code for Elm City, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Elm City and Wilson County have voted mostly Republican, with 53% going to George W. Bush during the 2004 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections. Elm City voted Democrat in 2008 and 2012, with 53% going to Barrack Obama in both elections.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 39% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.


The unemployment rate for Elm City is about 9% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction, manufacturing, retail, and wholesale trade make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Wilson Times is the primary newspaper that covers the Wilson County area.