Middlesex, North Carolina is a small town with a population of just over 1,000 people. It is located in the western part of the state, about 30 miles from the capital city of Raleigh. The terrain is mostly flat with rolling hills and forests in the surrounding areas. The climate in Middlesex is humid subtropical; summers are hot and humid while winters are mild.
Middlesex was originally settled by English settlers in 1760 and was officially incorporated in 1883. Since then, it has remained a small rural town known for its farming and fishing industries. Politically, Middlesex is a Republican-leaning town; however, there are also many independent voters who identify as neither Democrat nor Republican.
The economy of Middlesex revolves around agriculture and fishing; however, there are also several small businesses that provide employment opportunities to local residents. There are two elementary schools in town that serve students from kindergarten through eighth grade; high school students attend nearby Salem High School.
There are several landmarks around Middlesex that make it unique including an old covered bridge built in 1894 that crosses Johnson Creek and the historic Old Wilkinson Hotel which has been open since 1888. Additionally, every year on Memorial Day weekend thousands of people gather for the annual “Old Time Fiddler’s Convention” which features live music performances from some of the best fiddle players in the area.
Population: 838. Estimated population in July 2020: 851 (+1.6% change)
Males: 392 (46.8%), Females: 446 (53.2%)
Zip code: 27557
Median resident age: 37.6 years
Median household income: $21,458
Median house value: $72,300
Races in Middlesex:
- White Non-Hispanic (59.9%)
- Black (32.7%)
- Hispanic (7.5%)
- Other race (3.6%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: English (14.3%), United States (8.1%), German (2.4%), Irish (2.1%), Scotch-Irish (1.7%).
Elevation: 260 feet
Land area: 1.0 square miles
Middlesex, North Carolina is a small town located in Nash County. The population of the town is approximately 1,600 as of the 2020 census. The majority of the population is comprised of African Americans and white Americans. The median household income for Middlesex is $33,444, with a poverty rate of 19%. The cost of living in Middlesex is lower than the national average, with housing being particularly affordable. The median home value in Middlesex is $122,400 which is significantly lower than the national average. Additionally, rent prices are also lower than the national average; the median rent price for an apartment in Middlesex is only $831 per month. This makes it an attractive option for those looking to save on their living costs while still maintaining a comfortable lifestyle.
In addition to housing costs being relatively low in Middlesex, many other everyday expenses are also quite affordable. Groceries and utilities are both below the national average and there are no sales taxes on purchases made within the city limits. This makes it easy to keep living costs at a minimum while still enjoying quality goods and services. Additionally, there are several restaurants located within walking distance from most homes in Middlesex that offer delicious food at reasonable prices.
For population 25 years and over in Middlesex
- High school or higher: 63.4%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 8.6%
- Graduate or professional degree: 1.2%
- Unemployed: 9.7%
- Mean travel time to work: 28.7 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Middlesex town
- Never married: 29.7%
- Now married: 40.2%
- Separated: 5.1%
- Widowed: 15.9%
- Divorced: 9.0%
6.6% Foreign born (6.6% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: +97 (+13.1%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Middlesex:
- FRANKLIN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 19 miles; LOUISBURG, NC)
- WILSON MEDICAL CENTER (about 21 miles; WILSON, NC)
- JOHNSTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 22 miles; SMITHFIELD, NC)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Middlesex:
- ROCKY MOUNT-WILSON RGNL (about 23 miles; ROCKY MOUNT, NC; Abbreviation: RWI)
- SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB (about 36 miles; GOLDSBORO, NC; Abbreviation: GSB)
- RALEIGH-DURHAM INTL (about 41 miles; RALEIGH/DURHAM, NC; Abbreviation: RDU)
Other public-use airports nearest to Middlesex:
- WILSON INDUSTRIAL AIR CENTER (about 17 miles; WILSON, NC; Abbreviation: W03)
- FRANKLIN COUNTY (about 18 miles; LOUISBURG, NC; Abbreviation: LHZ)
- JOHNSTON COUNTY (about 22 miles; SMITHFIELD, NC; Abbreviation: JNX)
Amtrak station near Middlesex:
- 19 miles: SELMA-SMITHFIELD (SELMA, 401 E. RAILROAD AVE.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
Colleges and Universities
According to educationvv, North Carolina is home to the following higher educational institutes:
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Middlesex:
- NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY AT RALEIGH (about 30 miles; RALEIGH, NC; Full-time enrollment: 23,918)
- SHAW UNIVERSITY (about 30 miles; RALEIGH, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,299)
- WAKE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 32 miles; RALEIGH, NC; Full-time enrollment: 4,754)
- MEREDITH COLLEGE (about 35 miles; RALEIGH, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,173)
- VANCE-GRANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 41 miles; HENDERSON, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,076)
- CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY INC (about 46 miles; BUIES CREEK, NC; Full-time enrollment: 5,286)
- DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 46 miles; DURHAM, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,338)
Public primary/middle school in Middlesex:
- MIDDLESEX ELEMENTARY (Students: 364; Location: 13081 WEST HANES RD; Grades: PK – 05)