Winton, North Carolina

Coordinates: 36°23′24″N 76°56′06″W / 36.39000°N 76.93500°W / 36.39000; -76.93500
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Winton, North Carolina
U.S. Post Office and former U.S. Post Office in Winton
U.S. Post Office and former U.S. Post Office in Winton
Location of Winton, North Carolina
Location of Winton, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°23′24″N 76°56′06″W / 36.39000°N 76.93500°W / 36.39000; -76.93500
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • MayorTiffany M. Lewis
 • Total0.89 sq mi (2.30 km2)
 • Land0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation43 ft (13 m)
 • Total629
 • Density747.92/sq mi (288.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code252
FIPS code37-75080[3]
GNIS feature ID2406906[2]

Winton is a town and the county seat of Hertford County, North Carolina, United States.[4] It is governed by the Town Council which consists of a Mayor and five Council members. The population was 769 at the 2010 census.


Winton was established and has been the county seat of Hertford County since 1766.[5]

On September 19, 1862, Union soldiers under Colonel Rush C. Hawkins sacked and burned the town.

The earliest buildings in the Winton Historic District reflect the Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic Revival styles of the mid-to-late ninetineth century.[6]

In 1924, Winton was connected south to Ahoskie by the Winton-Ahoskie Highway, now US Highway 13, and a steel highway bridge was built across the Chowan River at Winton in 1925, the first in the county to cross the river.[7]

The C. S. Brown School Auditorium, Gray Gables, and King Parker House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census[edit]

Winton racial composition[10]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 179 28.46%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 378 60.1%
Native American 20 3.18%
Pacific Islander 1 0.16%
Other/Mixed 22 3.5%
Hispanic or Latino 29 4.61%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 629 people, 291 households, and 192 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 956 people, 373 households, and 252 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,180.6 inhabitants per square mile (455.8/km2). There were 385 housing units at an average density of 475.4 per square mile (183.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 67.99% African American, 27.62% White, 2.41% Native American, 0.84% from other races, 0.63% Asian, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 373 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 29.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,706, and the median income for a family was $21,838. Males had a median income of $21,875 compared to $17,059 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,049. About 19.3% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Winton and the surrounding area is the home of the Meherrin Indian Tribe. This state-recognized tribe has more than 900 members.[11]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Rivers Correctional Institution, a private prison operated by the GEO Group which operates under contract from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and houses many felons who committed crimes in Washington, DC, is 1 mile (1.6 km) from Winton.[12]


The Hertford County Public Schools system serves students in the area, many of whom attend Hertford County High School in Ahoskie. C. S. Brown High School STEM, and The Alternative Learning Program are located in Winton.[13][14]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Winton, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Hertford County, NC. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  6. ^ WHA - A History of Winton. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  7. ^ WHA - Rebuilding Winton: 1880-1930. Retrieved June 11, 2023.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  11. ^ Caudle, Hollyann (November 30, 2022). "People of the Water: The Meherrin Tribe". The Tribune. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  12. ^ Pierre, Robert E. "N.C. Prison Doesn't Serve D.C. Inmates Well, Critics Say." Washington Post. October 14, 2007. p. 1" (Archive). Retrieved on February 5, 2016.
  13. ^ "Hertford County Schools". North Carolina's School Report Cards. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  14. ^ "C.S. Brown's legacy lives on". The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald. March 30, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2013.

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