New Bern, NC

New Bern, situated in Craven County, is a city made up of 29.7 square miles.

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The city was first settled in the early 1700s. New Bern is the second oldest settlement in North Carolina, only younger than the town of Bath. The city was home to the Battle of New Bern during the Civil War.  

In 2005, New Bern was named one of the best places in the country to retire by The Today Show.  

Demographics

The median resident age in New Bern is 37 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 $25,000. The average price for a home in New Bern is about $150,000 (2015) which is $10,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of New Bern is 54% White, 32% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 11% other. 84% of the population are high school graduates, with 27% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

46% are married, 12% are divorced, 4% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.

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Craven County

New Bern 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.

Population

The population of New Bern, NC is about 30,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the city was founded.

Elevation

The elevation of New Bern, NC is 30 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for New Bern, NC is 28560.

Area Code

The area code for New Bern, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking New Bern and Craven County have voted mostly Republican, with 59% 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 41% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 6%.

Economy

The unemployment rate for New Bern is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, public administration, and social assistance make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The New Bern Sun Journal and Havelock News are the primary newspapers that cover the Craven County area.


 

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