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What Cities Are in Carteret County NC? Town Information, Population Size, Census Numbers

What cities are in Carteret County NC? What are the town population sizes, information, and census numbers for each municipality?

This information includes non-incorporated areas.

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The cities in Carteret County are Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Newport, Cedar Island, Marshallberg, Beaufort, Harkers Island, Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, Peletier, Cedar Point, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Smyrna, Williston, Stacy, North River, Harlowe, Mill Creek, Merrimon, Indian Beach, Bogue, Atlantic, Davis, Otway, Bettie, Sea Level, Straits, and Broad Creek.

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Morehead City (Attractions) 9,303 area residents. Largest town and population size in the county but is not the county seat.

Newport 4,694 area residents.

Beaufort (Information) 4,195 area residents. Is the county seat. 3rd oldest town in NC.

Emerald Isle 3,655 area residents.

Broad Creek 2,365 area residents.

Cape Carteret 2,058 area residents.

Atlantic Beach (Information) Census 2017: 1,506 area residents.

Pine Knoll Shores 1,339 area residents.

Cedar Point 1,329 area residents.

Harkers Island 1,207 area residents.

Peletier 740 area residents.

Bogue 737 area residents.

Atlantic 543 area residents.

Marshallberg 438 area residents.

Davis 422 area residents.

Salter Path 365 area residents.

Cedar Island 334 area residents.

Indian Beach 116 area residents.

Otway, Smyrna, Williston, Stacy, Sea Level, Straits, North River, Merrimon, Harlowe, Mill Creek, and Bettie No census information.

Carteret County NC Census 2017: 68,881

Bogue Banks Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle make up the area known as Bogue Banks (map below) town population size Down East Everything east of Beaufort NC is considered to be what locals call “Down East” communities and they include Bettie, Otway, Davis, Sea Level, Harkers Island, Smyrna, Williston, Stacy, Straits, North River, Merrimon, and Cedar Island.

Cedar Point is the westernmost town in the county.

Cedar Island is the easternmost non-incorporated area in the county.

Cedar Point borders Onslow County.

Newport and Harlowe borders Craven County.

Bogue Sound separates Bogue Banks and Morehead City, Newport, and Beaufort.

Shackleford Banks (Island) and Cape Lookout have no residents and are state / federal protected lands.

Cedar Island is where you catch the 3 hour ferry to Ocracoke Island (Hyde County).

Beaufort is the county seat and location for the courthouse, sheriff’s department, tax office, and administrative offices.

Using the comment section below, which of these Carteret County cities and towns in NC are you most familiar with and why?

If you are a county local, do you consider Harlowe and Mill Creek to be “Down East” (some do)? Do you consider North River and Merrimon to be down east communities?

Given the Interstate 42 corridor, how do you think this interstate will affect population size in cities like Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Newport, and Emerald Isle?

Carteret County NC Cities List Discussions

Considering our list above and thinking about the population dating back to 1980, then the current date, and in thinking about the future 20 years out, while considering Interstate 42 and military expansion, how do you think the list of towns and cities above will be changing?

Will it be for the good, or bad? Why?

Which of the towns have you visited and lived in, and what made you choose that location?

All Census numbers taken from the latest 2017 numbers for incorporated areas, towns, and cities and 2014 numbers for non-incorporated areas.

Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

2 thoughts on “What Cities Are in Carteret County NC? Town Information, Population Size, Census Numbers

  • August 2, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Look for places like Merrimon, Harlowe, and North River along with everywhere down east to exponentially grow as the new Interstate comes fully online and the airport starts taking commercial flights.

    I know they are incorporated right now, but the three I just mentioned could likely become official towns after the population boom.

    There is no place to build in Morehead City and over at the beach. Those new homes have to go somewhere.

  • December 10, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I know that Portsmouth Island is not a city or town and has no population but is it in Carteret County or Hyde County?


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