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.
Information on cities, town, municipality, and non-incorporated areas
Morehead City (Attractions)
9,303 area residents.
Largest town and population size in the county but is not the county seat.
4,694 area residents.
4,195 area residents.
Is the county seat.
3rd oldest town in NC.
3,655 area residents.
2,365 area residents.
2,058 area residents.
Atlantic Beach (Information)
Census 2017: 1,506 area residents.
Pine Knoll Shores
1,339 area residents.
1,329 area residents.
1,207 area residents.
740 area residents.
737 area residents.
543 area residents.
438 area residents.
422 area residents.
365 area residents.
334 area residents.
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
Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle make up the area known as Bogue Banks (map below)
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?
All Census numbers taken from the latest 2017 numbers for incorporated areas, towns, and cities and 2014 numbers for non-incorporated areas.