Princeville, NC

Princeville, situated in Edgecombe County, is a small town made up of 1.53 square miles.

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Princeville was incorporated in 1885, and is considered to be the oldest town in America to be established by freed slaves.  

The town was flooded by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and then again by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.  


The median resident age in Princeville is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $32,000 making it about $16,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $15,000. The average price for a home in Princeville is about $75,000 (2015) which is $85,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $400 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Princeville is 96% Black, 3% White, and 1% Other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 7% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 31% are married, 12% are divorced, 8% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 40% that have never been married.

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Edgecombe County

Princeville belongs to Edgecombe County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county, named after Richard Edgecombe, is part of the Rocky Mount, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1741, Edgecombe County was formed from a part of Bertie County. Edgecombe County has a population of 57,000 and the town Tarboro, with a population of 11,000, is the county seat.

Edgecombe County borders Martin, Halifax, Pitt, Nash, and Wilson counties.

Edgecombe County is made up of 507 square miles. 505 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Princeville, NC is about 2,000. The population has greatly increased since 2000.


The elevation of Princeville, NC is 30 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Princeville, NC is 27886.

Area Code

The area code for Princeville, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Princeville and Edgecombe County have voted mostly Democrat, with 68% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 60% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 39% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Princeville is about 9% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Material moving and production make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Rocky Mount Telegram is the primary newspapers that cover the Edgecombe County area.


Police Department
Princeville Montessori School

Town of Princeville NC
Princeville on City Data
Princeville on Wikipedia
Chamber of Commerce