Edenton is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,849 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Edenton is the 153rd largest community in North Carolina. Edenton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Edenton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Edenton is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Edenton who work in office and administrative support (17.57%), sales jobs (12.01%), and business and financial occupations (8.18%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Edenton, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
One of the nice things about Edenton is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Being a small town, Edenton does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The percentage of adults in Edenton who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.21% of the adults in Edenton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Edenton in 2010 was $15,247, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,988 for a family of four. However, Edenton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Edenton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 45.26% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Edenton is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Edenton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Edenton residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Edenton include Irish, German, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Edenton is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and Arabic.