Whitakers, NC

Whitakers, situated in Edgecombe County and Nash County County in the eastern part of North Carolina, is a small town made up of .8 square miles.

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Whitakers was founded in 1740. The town was incorporated in 1872.


The median resident age in Whitakers is 41 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 $16,000. The average price for a home in Whitakers is about $73,000 (2015) which is $87,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,200 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Whitakers is 69% Black, 25% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, and 4% other. 78% of the population are high school graduates, with 5% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 26% are married, 14% are divorced, 7% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 41% that have never been married.

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Whitakers is located in both Edgecombe County and Nash County.

Edgecombe County

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.

Nash County

Nash County is part of the Rocky Mount, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nash County has a population of 96,000 and the city Nashville, with a population of 15,000, is the county seat.

In 1777, Nash County was formed from part of Edgecombe County. The county was named after Francis Nash; an American Revolutionary War Brigadier General. He was wounded at the the Battle of Germantown that year.

Parts of Edgecombe, Johnston, Wayne, and Nash counties were merged to form Wilson County in 1855.

Nash County borders Johnston, Franklin, Wake, Wilson, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Warren counties.

Nash County is made up of 543 square miles. 540 of which is land with the remaining 3 as water.


The population of Whitakers, NC is about 720. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1960's.


The elevation of Whitakers, NC is 128 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Whitakers, NC is 27891.

Area Code

The area code for Whitakers, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Whitakers and Edgecombe County and Nash County County have voted mostly Republican, with 51% going to John McCain during the 2008 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 40% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Whitakers is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, food services, and public administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Rattler, Rocky Mount Telegram, and Nashville Graphic are the primary newspapers that cover the Edgecombe County and Nash County County area.


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