Emerald Isle, NC

Emerald Isle, situated in Carteret County, is a small town made up of 5.1 square miles.

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Emerald Isle is home to beaches that are a popular location for nesting by sea turtles, which are federally protected.  


The median resident age in Emerald Isle is 55 years. The median estimated household income is about $66,000 making it about $18,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $44,000. The average price for a home in Emerald Isle is about $370,000 (2015) which is $210,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,200 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Emerald Isle is 95% White, 2% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 96% of the population are high school graduates, with 47% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 62% are married, 11% are divorced, 3% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 16% that have never been married. 

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Carteret County

Emerald Isle 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 Carteret 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 Emerald Isle, NC is about 3,700. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1960's.


The elevation of Emerald Isle, NC is 10 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Emerald Isle, NC is 28594.

Area Code

The area code for Emerald Isle, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Emerald Isle 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 38% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Emerald Isle is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%.

Management, sales, and maintenance operations make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Carteret County News-Times is the primary newspaper that covers the Carteret County area.