Arapahoe, NC

Arapahoe NC is located in Pamlico County.

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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 Janerio.


The racial makeup of Arapahoe NC is 90% White, 6% Black, 5.5% Hispanic and 1% Asian.

The median income for a family is about $40,000 annually. The average price of a home is $152,000.

About 88% of the population over age 25 have a high school diploma, while 14% hold a Bachelor's Degree. 4% have Graduate degrees.

Towns Nearby

Minnesott Beach, Grantsboro, Alliance, Neuse Forest, Oriental, Stonewall, Bayboro, and Fairfield Harbour.


The population of Arapahoe is about 550 people.


The town of Arapahoe NC is at 75 feet in elevation.

Zip Code

The zip code for Arapahoe NC is 28510. The area code is 252.


The summer high temperatures in Arapahoe NC are about 90F in July and 33 in January. The town receives about 4 inches of precipitation monthly, on average, with July seeing about 7 inches. It may snow up to 10 inches in December or January, and 8 inches in February.

Politics and Religion

Arapahoe is a predominantly Republican town, with the previous five elections going red. 45% of the residents are Protestant, while 54% are Nones.


AreaVibes gives Arapahoe a D rating when it comes to crime, saying the overall crime rate in town is 70% higher than the national average.


The local newspaper is the Pamlico News, a county paper.


Arapahoe is located in Pamlico County. Pamlico County is situated along a peninsula at the heart of the Lower Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Incorporated in 1872, there are 337 square miles and about 13,000 people in the county. A portion of Craven and Beaufort Counties were carved to creat Pamlico County. Bayboro is the county seat.

Named for Pamlico Sound (after the Pamlico Indians, the county features a mix of salt marshes, open water from the sound, and a selection of woodlands. The Minnesott Ridge, at 45 feet in elevation is parallel to Hwy 306. This is the County's highest elevation.

Pamlico County is bordered by the Upper Broad Creek to the west, Neuse River at the South, and Goose Creek and Pamlico River on the Northern side. With its position within water, it's no wonder Pamlico County is considered the "Sailing Capital of North Carolina".