Parmele is a town in Martin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 278 at the 2010 census. Parmele's first black mayor was James Pitt Sr.


Parmele is located at (35.817123, -77.312220).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Est. 2015264[3]−5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census of 2000, there were 290 people, 114 households, and 73 families residing in the town. The population density was 244.7 people per square mile (94.1/km²). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 112.2 per square mile (43.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 10.69% White, 85.86% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.34% Asian, and 2.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 114 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 25.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 77.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,179, and the median income for a family was $21,528. Males had a median income of $22,344 versus $16,964 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,976. About 28.0% of families and 29.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 28.0% of those sixty five or over.

Notable people

Country music group, Parmalee best known for their single "Carolina" is from Parmele.