Williamston, situated in Martin County, is a small town made up of 3.7 square miles.
January 25, 2018
Williamston was incorporated in 1779.
The median resident age in Williamston is 41 years. The median estimated household income is about $35,000 making it about $15,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Williamston is about $98,000 (2016) which is $67,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Williamston is 34% White, 62% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 3% other. 86% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 39% are married, 11% are divorced, 2% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 38% that have never been married.
Williamston 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 Williamston, NC is about 5,500. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1960s.
The elevation of Williamston, NC is 72 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Williamston, NC is 27892.
The area code for Williamston, NC is 252.
Historically speaking Williamston and Martin County have voted mostly Republican, with 49% going to Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential Election. The area voted Republican in 2000 and 2004, but the trend has been mostly Democrat in the previous four or five elections.
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 Williamston is about 8% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and retail make nearly 60% of the most common industries in the town.
The Enterprise and Martin County Weekly Herald is primary newspaper that covers the Martin County area.