Population Trends

Population Chart
The population of Tarboro has steadily grown over the past 3 decades even while the population of Edgecombe County has declined.  The table indicates annual population estimates which show how each actual census count corrects for inaccuracies of annual population estimates.  Annual estimates are based in part on the trend of the County (which has been negative).  The 2008 estimate was 10,383 based on the County’s negative growth trend, but should be corrected to accurately indicate Tarboro’s population stability and steady growth upon completion of the 2010 Census. A good indicator of the estimates' inaccuracy is the 4% growth between 1989-1990 and 5% growth between 1999-2000.  Based on new construction and occupancy rates the Town feels that this trend will continue with an increase in population from the 2000 Census count upon completion of the 2010 Census.

Source:  State Demographer’s Office
*Decennial Census Count
** Indicates growth due to annexation.

Year

Population Estimate

1980*

8,741

1981

8,655

1982

8,588

1983**

10,822

1984

10,911

1985

10,987

1986

11,109

1987

11,031

1988

11,092

1989

10,792

1990*

11,037

1991

11,142

1992

11,103

1993

11,105

1994

10,986

1995

11,112

1996

10,909

1997

10,826

1998

10,702

1999

10,593

2000*

11,138

2001

11,233

2002

11,123

2003

10,985

2004

10,841

2005

10,686

2006

10,585

2007

10,430

2008

10,383