Manteo, NC

Manteo, situated in Dare County, is a small town made up of 1.98 square miles.

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The town was named in honor of Manteo, a Native American chief who was befriended by settlers during the 1500s.  

The town was incorporated in 1899.  

The town was home to Andy Griffith until his death in 2012.  


The median resident age in Manteo is 48 years. The median estimated household income is about $44,000 making it about $4,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $32,000. The average price for a home in Manteo is about $324,000 (2015) which is $164,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Manteo is 78% White, 10% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 11% other. 91% of the population are high school graduates, with 36% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

45% are married, 18% are divorced, 6% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 21% that have never been married.

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Dare County

Manteo belongs to Dare County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county, named after Virginia Dare, is part of the Kill Devil Hills, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Dare County has a population of 34,000 and the town Manteo, with a population of 1,400, is the county seat.

Dare County borders Hyde, Currituck, and Tyrell counties.

Dare County is made up of 1,563 square miles. 383 of which is land with the remaining 1,180 as water.

The county has the largest total area of any county in North Carolina, but is ranked 68th out of the 100 counties in the amount of land.


The population of Manteo, NC is about 1,400. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1940s.


The elevation of Manteo, NC is seven feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Manteo, NC is 27954.

Area Code

The area code for Manteo, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Manteo and Dare County have voted mostly Republican, with 57% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 63% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 31% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 6%.


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

Public administration, manufacturing, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Outer Banks Sentinel and The Coastland Times are the primary newspapers that cover the Dare County area.


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