Atlantic Beach, NC

Atlantic Beach, situated in Carteret County, is a small town making up around 3 square miles.

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The town was conceptualized by Appleton Oaksmith in the 1870's, but construction didn't get going until the late 1880's. Around 1930 a bridge connecting the town to Morehead City was built. Atlantic Beach, now reachable by motor cars, prospered as a result.

Atlantic Beach is one of the towns located on Bogue Banks.


The median resident age in Atlantic Beach is 54 years. The median estimated household income is about $48,000 making it about $3,000 higher than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $28,000. The average price for a home in Atlantic Beach is about $287,000 (2013) which is $133,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $750 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Atlantic Beach is 94% White, 2% two or more races, 2% Hispanic, and 2% other. 92% of the population are high school graduates, with 30% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 43% are married, 20% are divorced, 6% are widowed, 1% are seperated, leaving 30% that have never been married.

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Carteret County

Atlantic Beach belongs to Carteret County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for Sir George Carteret or his heir John Carteret, is part of the Morehead City Micropolitan Statistical Area. Carteret County has a population of 67,000 and its county seat Beaufort has a population of 4,000.

Carteret County, NC served as battleground for the War of Jenkin's Ear against Spanish pirates, and the Battle of Brandywine (Revolutionary War). Currently the Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue is located in Carteret and consists of 875 acres of land.

Carteret County borders Pamlico, Craven, Onslow, Hyde, and Jones counties. The third biggest county in North Carolina, Carteret is made up of 1341 square miles. 506 of which is land with the remaining 834 as water.


The Population of Atlantic Beach, NC is about 1500. It has been on the decline since the early 2000's.


The elevation of Atlantic Beach, NC is 10 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Atlantic Beach, NC is 28512.

Area Code

The area code for Atlantic Beach, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Atlantic Beach and Carteret County have voted mostly Republican, with 70% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 56% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 40% are protestants with Catholics making around 4%.


The unemployment rate for Atlantic Beach is around 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%. Accommodation, food services, and manufacturing make nearly half of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Carteret County News-Times is the primary newspaper for Atlantic Beach.