Arapahoe, NC

Arapahoe, situated in Pamlico County, is a small town made up of 2.2 square miles.

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Arapahoe was founded in 1703 as Bethany Crossroads. The town's name would later be changed to Bob's Town, named in honor of Bob Hardison, who built the post office in the town. 

The town was incorporated in 1921 upon assuming its current name of Arapahoe.

Arapahoe is a small town located in Pamlico County, NC along the east coast. It rests within Pamlico Sound. As of 2013, there are 550 people living here. The town covers approximately 2.2 square miles and rests at an elevation of 75 feet above sea level.

Having been settled in 1703, the town was founded by settlers who came from nearby New Bern in 1714. At that time it was known as Bethany Crossroads, located on an old Indian trail en route to Core Point. With progression, Highway 306 replaced that Indian Trail.

Arapahoe was named for a founding member's horse. The story has it that when Bob Hardison and Bob Bowden applied for a U. S. Post office be located at Bethany Crossroads, it was approved. But since the name was already taken by a nearby community, the Postal Department returned the approval with a suggest name of Bob's Town. Neither Bob wanted said name and Mr. Hardison suggested his horse's name.

Incorporation of Arapahoe wasn't until 1921.
Unofficial areas of Arapahoe NC include Taylor's Neck, Dawson's Creek (where the TV show originates), Holt's Chapel, Cash Corner, Kershaw, and Janeiro.


The median resident age in Arapahoe is 52 years. The median estimated household income is about $45,000 making it about $5,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $24,000. The average price for a home in Arapahoe is about $103,000 (2016) which is $62,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $650 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Arapahoe is 83% White, 5% Black, and 12% other. 88% of the population are high school graduates, with 10% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 60% are married, 8% are divorced, 9% are widowed, 4% are separated, leaving 19% that have never been married.

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Pamlico County

Bayboro belongs to Pamlico County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for the Pamlico Indians, is part of the New Bern, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. In 1872, the county formed from parts of Craven and Beaufort counties. Pamlico County has a population of 13,100 and its largest town Bayboro, with a population of 1,300, is the county seat.

Pamlico County borders Beaufort, Hyde, Craven, and Carteret Counties.

Pamlico County is made up of 567 square miles. 337 of which is land with the remaining 230 as water.


The population of Arapahoe, NC is about 560. The population has fluctuated between the decades but has mostly seen a steady increase since its founding.


The elevation of Arapahoe, NC is 75 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Arapahoe, NC is 28510.

Area Code

The area code for Arapahoe, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Arapahoe and Pamlico County have voted mostly Republican, with 62% going to Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 54% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 45% are Protestants, with Catholics make up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Arapahoe is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Production, sales, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Pamlico News and The County Compass are the primary newspapers that cover the Pamlico County area.