Morehead City , NC

Morehead City, situated in Carteret County, is a town made up of 8.5 square miles.

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Morehead City is a port town on the Newport River. The area was settled when investors funded the development of the area in the 1850s. Morehead City was originally known as Shepard's Point. It was named in honor of North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead.  

The Town was officially incorporated in 1860.  


The median resident age in Morehead City is 44 years. The median estimated household income is about $41,000 making it about $7,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $31,000. The average price for a home in Morehead City is about $201,000 (2015) which is $41,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Morehead City is 76% White, 13% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 9% other. 88% of the population are high school graduates, with 28% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 42% are married, 18% are divorced, 2% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 27% that have never been married.

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Carteret County

Morehead City 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 Morehead City, NC is about 9,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the town's founding.


The elevation of Morehead City, NC is 16 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Morehead City, NC is 28557.

Area Code

The area codes for Morehead City, NC are 252, 222, 247, 726, 808, and 727.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Morehead City 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 Morehead City is about 5% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Construction, retail, food services, and warehousing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Carolina Coast Online is the primary newspaper that covers the Carteret County area.


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