Cove City, NC

Cove City, situated in Craven County, is a small town made up of .6 square miles.

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The area that would go on to be known as Cove City was first settled by European in the 1700s.

One theory is that the town was named when government officials mistook the letter R as a V in a sign leading to Core Creek, leading to the area being known as Cove City.


The median resident age in Cove City is 40 years. The median estimated household income is about $34,000 making it about $14,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $21,000. The average price for a home in Cove City is about $72,000 (2015) which is $88,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Cove City is 53% White, 44% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 86% of the population are high school graduates, with 10% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 50% are married, 6% are divorced, 5% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 30% that have never been married.

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Craven County

Cove City belongs to Craven County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after William, Earl of Craven, is part of the New Bern, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Craven County has a population of 104,000 and its largest city New Bern, with a population of 30,200, is the county seat.

Craven County borders Beaufort, Pamlico, Carteret, Pitt, Lenoir, and Jones counties.

Craven County is made up of 774 square miles. 709 of which is land with the remaining 65 as water.


The population of Cove City, NC is about 400. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Cove City, NC is 46 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Cove City, NC is 28523.

Area Code

The area code for Cove City, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Cove City and Craven County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 53% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 39% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 8%.


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

Newspaper & Obituaries

New Bern Sun Journal is the primary newspaper that cover the Craven County area.