Parmele, NC

Parmele, situated in Martin County, is a small town made up of 1.2 square miles.

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The town was named after a lumber company that was once active during the time period that the town was founded.


The median resident age in Parmele is 44 years. The median estimated household income is about $35,000 making it about $13,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $33,000. The average price for a home in Parmele is about $67,000 (2015) which is $93,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Parmele is 91% Black and 9% White. 78% of the population are high school graduates, with 8% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 28% are married, 12% are divorced, 2% are separated, 15% are widowed, leaving 43% that have never been married.

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Martin County

Parmele belongs to Martin County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county was named after Josiah Martin (last royal governor of North Carolina), and was formed from parts of Tyrrell and Halifax counties. Martin County has a population of 24,500 and it's largest city Williamston, with a population of 5,500, is the county seat. The Martin County Courthouse is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

Martin County borders Halifax, Edgecombe, Bertie, Pitt, Washington, and Beaufort Counties.

Martin County is made up of 462 square miles. 461 of which is land with the remaining one square mile as water.


The population of Parmele, NC is about 280. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Parmele, NC is 75 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Parmele, NC is 27861.

Area Code

The area code for Parmele, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Parmele and Martin County have voted mostly Democrat, with 52% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for previous elections, barring the 2000 and 2004 elections, in which the area voted Republican.

As of 2010, 50% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 48% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Parmele is about 8% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and public administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Martin County Enterprise & Weekly Herald is the primary newspaper that covers the Martin County area.



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