The Best of Everything

In Martin County, you can have your cake and eat it too! Here, there is a slower pace of life. Neighbors still wave, and actually KNOW each other. We help each other in times of trouble and celebrate achievements together. But when we want “big city” attractions, it’s an easy commute to cities like Greenville, Raleigh, and Norfolk where the cosmopolitan lifestyle is alive and well. Literally, you can go from your front porch as the sun rises and be on your way to anywhere in the world by noon.

North Carolina has both beaches and mountains. To our west are the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, and to the east, just an hour and a half drive, are some of the most pristine beaches to be found anywhere on the US Eastern Seaboard. Our mild climate and all four seasons enhance both locations. Fall foliage is nowhere more breathtaking than in the North Carolina mountains, and is pretty stunning right here in Martin County, too. Our beaches all have their own personalities, but on the Outer Banks there are still large tracts of land considered unspoiled where wild ponies have roamed free since they were brought over in the 1500’s by Spanish explorers.

Not only is NC the best place to live, but it is also the best place to locate a business. NC is ranked highly as a business location by many national sources.

#1 Best State for Business, Forbes – 2017, 2018, 2019
#1 Top State for Business Climate – Site Selection; Gold Shovel Award 2021 – Area Development Magazine
#3 Lowest Effective Corporate Tax Rate 2021 – The Tax Foundation

NC also has a highly skilled workforce, low cost of living, low construction costs and low electricity costs.

Your children and their friends can play youth sports, enjoy artistic and creative opportunities, and be immersed in the great outdoors – all locally. Our elementary schools emphasize quality instruction and introduction to technology within small class sizes. High school students often choose to take higher level / college credit courses on site at Martin Community College or through distance learning college programs. In fact, our high schools often graduate “Super Seniors” with as much as two years worth of credits towards 4-year collegiate degrees.

History and General Information

Martin County is located in northeastern North Carolina about 80 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Formed in 1774 from part of southeastern Halifax County and the western part of Tyrrell County, the County is named for Josiah Martin (the last royal governor of North Carolina).

Martin County has a total area of 461 square miles. Of the 290,800 acres of land in the county, 150,699 acres are classified as farmland. The Roanoke River is the northern boundary for the entire county. The elevation of Martin County is 60 feet above sea level.  Martin County is surrounded by Pitt, Edgecombe, Halifax, Bertie, Washington and Beaufort counties.


Martin County Economic Development Corporation
415 East Blvd #130, Williamston, NC 27892