Hertford, NC

Hertford, situated in Perquimans County, is a town made up of 2.7 square miles.

2018 Best Guide to Hertford, NC

September 1, 2018

In 1758, Hertford was incorporated as the seat for Perquimans County. 

The town is home to a brick house known as the Newbold-White House, which has been dated as being built in 1730, making it the oldest brick structure to still be standing in North Carolina.  


The median resident age in Hertford is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $25,000 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 Hertford is about $117,000 (2015) which is $43,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Hertford is 46% White, 48% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 5% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 13% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

40% are married, 13% are divorced, 5% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 33% that have never been married.

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Perquimans County

Hertford belongs to Perquimans County in the north-eastern part of North Carolina. The county, named after the Perquimans Indians, is part of the Elizabeth City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Perquimans County officially became a county in 1739. Perquimans County has a population of 13,000 and its largest town Hertford, with a population of 2,000, is the county seat.

Perquimans County borders Gates, Pasquotank, and Chowan counties.

Perquimans County is made up of 329 square miles. 247 of which is land with the remaining 82 as water.


The population of Hertford, NC is about 2,100. The population has been steadily increasing, with some fluctuation, since the its founding.


The elevation of Hertford, NC is 10 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Hertford, NC are 27930 and 27944.

Area Code

The area code for Hertford, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Hertford and Perquimans County have voted mostly Republican, with 58% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 42% are Protestants.


The unemployment rate for Hertford is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Maintenance, material moving, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Perquimans Weekly and Daily Advance are the primary newspapers that cover the Perquimans County area.