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The Tarboro Community

Tarboro, North Carolina, a town of approximately 11,000 residents, is the county seat of Edgecombe County.  The town was established by the North Carolina General Assembly as “Tarborough” on November 30, 1760.  Tarboro was made the county seat of Edgecombe County by the General Assembly in 1762.  The town, rich in history and steeped in tradition, prospered because it was the county seat as well as a trading center for a productive agricultural region.  Tobacco has long been one of the main crops, with corn, cotton and peanuts as important secondary crops.  Farmers have now diversified and are raising fruits, vegetables, poultry, pigs and beef cattle for market.

Tarboro was considered primarily an agricultural community for many years, with only a small number of locally-owned industries.  However, in the post World War II era, through progressive leadership and the formation of a city-county industrial board, numerous industries and businesses have located here during the past several decades, giving Tarboro an enviable economic base.  Several of our industrial plants are owned by well-known national corporations.

Tarboro is located on the Tar River in eastern, coastal North Carolina, seventy miles east of the state capital, Raleigh.  The town is strategically situated in the center of a rapidly growing region along the main corridor between the Piedmont and the Outer Banks.  It lies only 20 miles east of Interstate 95, is approximately 125 miles from the beautiful North Carolina beaches and is within easy reach of the North Carolina mountains.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Duke University are all less than 100 miles away.

East Carolina University, located in Greenville, NC, 35 miles southeast of Tarboro, offers, in addition to the Brody School of Medicine, a range of academic and degree programs at the undergraduate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels in medicine, dentistry, nursing, teaching and business.

The area public schools fall under the jurisdiction of the Edgecombe County Public School System.  There are 15 schools in the system serving a diverse student body of about 7,500.  Advanced Placement and Honors courses are offered at the high-school level.

Additionally, there are several private schools within a short drive from Tarboro.  Members of the parish have children that attend both private and public schools.

Tarboro is a town which blends the old with the new.  It is a good place to live, work, play, rear a family and retire.

Local Area Links:

Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council

Edgecombe County Memorial Library

Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum

Tarboro Chamber of Commerce

The Daily Southerner

The Fountains at the Albemarle


Local Government:

Edgecombe County Government

Town of Tarboro


Economic Development:

Carolinas Gateway Partnerships



Edgecombe County Schools

Edgecombe Community College



Heritage Hospital - University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina