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Cities and Towns in Carteret County

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    Atlantic Beach



    Cape Carteret

    Cedar Point

    Emerald Isle

    Indian Beach

    Morehead City



    Pine Knoll Shores

History of Carteret

Carteret County was established in 1722 from Craven County. Many standing structures predate that time, including Beaufort's famed Hammock House of 1709. Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina, has a 21-block historic district which includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops and restaurants on the other.

History buffs will enjoy a visit to restored Fort Macon, which was built in 1834. Cape Lookout National Seashore runs from Beaufort to Ocracoke Inlet, consisting of a beautiful 55 miles of natural, undeveloped barrier islands. Since 1859, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse has shone its beacon as a welcoming signal to boaters and visitors alike. 

- Source: J.D. Lewis - Little River, SC
More Information

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 59,383 people, 25,204 households, and 17,365 families residing in the county. The population density was 114 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 40,947 housing units at an average density of 79 per square mile (30/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.28% White, 6.99% Black or African American, 0.54% Asian, 0.43% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 1.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,204 households out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.70% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 28.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,344, and the median income for a family was $45,499. Males had a median income of $31,365 versus $22,126 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,260. About 8.00% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

- Source: Wikipedia