Oriental, NC

Oriental, situated in Pamlico County, is a small town made up of 1.4 square miles.

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The town was named after the ship of the same name from the Civil War. The town was incorporated in 1899.  


The median resident age in Oriental is 59 years. The median estimated household income is about $56,000 making it about $8,000 more than the North Carolina average. 

The estimated per capita is about $37,000.

The average price for a home in Oriental is about $290,000 (2015) which is $130,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Oriental is 91% White, 6% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 94% of the population are high school graduates, with 47% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

59% are married, 9% are divorced, 1% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 21% that have never been married.

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Pamlico County

Oriental belongs to Pamlico County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for the Pamlico Indians, is part of the New Bern, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1872, the county formed from parts of Craven and Beaufort counties. Pamlico County has a population of 13,100 and its largest town Bayboro, with a population of 1,300, is the county seat.

Pamlico County borders Beaufort, Hyde, Craven, and Carteret Counties.

Pamlico County is made up of 567 square miles. 337 of which is land with the remaining 230 as water.


The population of Oriental, NC is about 900. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1970's.


The elevation of Oriental, NC is ten feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Oriental, NC is 28571.

Area Code

The area code for Oriental, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Oriental and Pamlico 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, 54% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 45% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


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

Food services, education, and wholesale trade make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Pamlico News and Town Dock are the primary newspapers that cover the Pamlico County area.


Real Estate
Town Dock
Zip Code
Tidewater Realty
Homes for Sale
Oriental Marina & Inn
Vacation Rentals
Places to Stay
Bed and Breakfast

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