Morehead City, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 9,303 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +21.0%
 
Males: 4,650  (50.0%)
Females: 4,653  (50.0%)
Median resident age:

44.2 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28557.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $40,898 (it was $28,737 in 2000)
Morehead City:

$40,898
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $31,543 (it was $19,138 in 2000)

Morehead City town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $212,258 (it was $101,300 in 2000)
Morehead City:

$212,258
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $266,473; detached houses: $309,722; townhouses or other attached units: $205,883; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $290,438; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $247,813; mobile homes: $11,381

Median gross rent in 2017: $846.

March 2019 cost of living index in Morehead City: 86.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 21.3%
(15.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.7% for Black residents, 28.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 43.0% for other race residents, 34.7% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Morehead City, NC (2017)
    • 7,10775.6%White alone
    • 99410.6%Black alone
    • 8008.5%Hispanic
    • 2362.5%Two or more races
    • 2282.4%Asian alone
    • 100.1%American Indian alone
    • 60.06%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Morehead City detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 23 registered sex offenders living in Morehead City, North Carolina as of May 24, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Morehead City is 412 to 1.


Crime rates in Morehead City by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.4)
1
(11.3)
1
(10.9)
1
(10.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(10.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
6
(69.6)
6
(66.5)
7
(73.7)
7
(72.3)
3
(30.9)
4
(40.5)
2
(22.8)
3
(33.8)
1
(10.9)
1
(10.7)
1
(10.6)
2
(21.1)
N/AN/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
11
(127.5)
10
(110.8)
12
(126.3)
10
(103.3)
8
(82.3)
8
(80.9)
7
(79.8)
6
(67.7)
6
(65.5)
6
(64.3)
2
(21.3)
4
(42.2)
6
(63.0)
6
(63.9)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
56
(649.2)
54
(598.4)
37
(389.4)
49
(506.0)
39
(401.4)
64
(647.2)
53
(604.3)
48
(541.3)
49
(535.0)
38
(407.3)
47
(499.9)
31
(327.1)
17
(178.6)
25
(266.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
96
(1,113)
113
(1,252)
114
(1,200)
113
(1,167)
105
(1,081)
87
(879.9)
151
(1,722)
94
(1,060)
69
(753.4)
72
(771.7)
53
(563.8)
56
(590.9)
45
(472.7)
60
(638.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
529
(6,133)
373
(4,133)
454
(4,778)
600
(6,196)
492
(5,064)
446
(4,511)
400
(4,560)
404
(4,556)
449
(4,902)
349
(3,741)
362
(3,851)
322
(3,398)
408
(4,286)
330
(3,513)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
20
(231.9)
20
(221.6)
25
(263.1)
10
(103.3)
9
(92.6)
11
(111.2)
15
(171.0)
10
(112.8)
10
(109.2)
12
(128.6)
8
(85.1)
4
(42.2)
9
(94.5)
6
(63.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
2
(23.2)
2
(22.2)
3
(31.6)
3
(31.0)
2
(20.6)
1
(10.1)
2
(22.8)
4
(45.1)
5
(54.6)
3
(32.2)
2
(21.3)
0
(0.0)
2
(21.0)
2
(21.3)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)565.5499.0470.9527.8415.3437.0502.5443.7414.8344.7315.2296.7283.5279.8

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City-data.com crime index in Morehead City, NC

Crime rate in Morehead City detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 43 (38 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.05
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: English (19.5%), American (13.8%), Irish (8.7%), German (3.9%), Scotch-Irish (3.0%), Italian (2.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1860

Elevation: 16 feet

Land area: 5.10 square miles.

Population density: 1,824 people per square mile   (low).

Morehead City, North Carolina map

838 residents are foreign born (6.0% Latin America).

This town:

9.1%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,267 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,285 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Jacksonville, NC (37.7 miles , pop. 66,715).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Raleigh, NC (131.1 miles , pop. 276,093).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (375.0 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Atlantic Beach, NC (1.4 miles ),
Pine Knoll Shores, NC (2.1 miles ),
Beaufort, NC (2.3 miles ),
Newport, NC (2.8 miles ),
Indian Beach, NC (2.9 miles),
Broad Creek, NC (3.3 miles ),
Harkers Island, NC (3.3 miles ),
Gloucester, NC (3.4 miles )

Latitude: 34.73 N, Longitude: 76.75 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +6,614 (+71.7%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 2,314 (53.1%)

Area code: 252

Distribution of median household income in Morehead City, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Morehead City, NC in 2017

Morehead City satellite photo by USGS

Morehead City tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 77 buildings, average cost: $65,900
  • 1998: 95 buildings, average cost: $127,400
  • 1999: 136 buildings, average cost: $139,600
  • 2000: 77 buildings, average cost: $220,800
  • 2001: 71 buildings, average cost: $178,800
  • 2002: 105 buildings, average cost: $179,700
  • 2003: 133 buildings, average cost: $187,100
  • 2004: 145 buildings, average cost: $200,200
  • 2005: 194 buildings, average cost: $183,300
  • 2006: 112 buildings, average cost: $225,500
  • 2007: 85 buildings, average cost: $302,600
  • 2008: 46 buildings, average cost: $225,900
  • 2009: 23 buildings, average cost: $250,700
  • 2010: 42 buildings, average cost: $186,000
  • 2011: 28 buildings, average cost: $246,800
  • 2012: 24 buildings, average cost: $266,400
  • 2013: 40 buildings, average cost: $247,000
  • 2014: 55 buildings, average cost: $271,700
  • 2015: 60 buildings, average cost: $272,700
  • 2016: 61 buildings, average cost: $287,600
  • 2017: 57 buildings, average cost: $224,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Morehead City, NC residents
Average permit cost in Morehead City, NC
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.8%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Historical population in Morehead City, NC
Historical housing units in Morehead City, NC

Population change in the 1990s: +52 (+0.7%).
Most common industries in Morehead City, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (11.7%)
  • Construction (11.6%)
  • Health care (8.9%)
  • Educational services (8.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.8%)
  • Public administration (5.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.7%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (23.9%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (8.3%)
  • Public administration (7.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.9%)
  • Educational services (5.5%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (5.3%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (16.6%)
  • Health care (15.9%)
  • Educational services (10.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.7%)
  • Social assistance (4.6%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.8%)
Most common occupations in Morehead City, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (3.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (2.8%)
  • Carpenters (2.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.1%)
  • Carpenters (6.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.9%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4.4%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (4.3%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.0%)
  • Registered nurses (4.2%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.0%)
  • Cashiers (3.7%)

Average climate in Morehead City, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Morehead City, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Tornado activity:

Morehead City-area historical tornado activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 42% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/17/1965, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 32.8 miles away from the Morehead City town center killed 2 people and injured 85 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 12/3/1967, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 1.9 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Morehead City-area historical earthquake activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 91% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/6/1994 at 19:54:09, a magnitude 3.8 (3.6 LG, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 23.5 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 232.6 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 208.0 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 225.6 miles away from Morehead City center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 244.1 miles away from Morehead City center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 333.3 miles away from Morehead City center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Carteret County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 8

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 16, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Morehead City topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Morehead City:

  • CARTERET GENERAL HOSPITAL (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 3500 ARENDELL ST)
  • HOSPICE OF CARTERET COUNTY (302 MEDICAL PARK CT, PO DRAWER 1619)
  • CRYSTAL BLUFFS REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CARE CENT (4010 BRIDGES STREET EXTENSION)
  • HARBORVIEW HEALTH CARE CENTER (812 SHEPARD ST)
  • MOREHEAD NURSING CENTER (PENNY LANE)
  • BMA OF CRYSTAL COAST INC (3332 BRIDGES STREET)
  • CARTERET HOME HEALTH SERVICES (302 MEDICAL PARK COURT)
  • TAR HEEL HOME HEALTH (CYPRESS BAY PLAZA 5167 US HWY 70 WEST)

Heliports located in Morehead City:

College/University in Morehead City:

  • Carteret Community College (Full-time enrollment: 1,431; Location: 3505 Arendell St; Public; Website: www.carteret.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Morehead City:

  • Craven Community College (about 34 miles; New Bern, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,712)
  • Coastal Carolina Community College (about 37 miles; Jacksonville, NC; FT enrollment: 4,502)
  • Lenoir Community College (about 59 miles; Kinston, NC; FT enrollment: 2,555)
  • Pitt Community College (about 69 miles; Winterville, NC; FT enrollment: 7,026)
  • East Carolina University (about 71 miles; Greenville, NC; FT enrollment: 23,943)
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (about 74 miles; Wilmington, NC; FT enrollment: 13,112)
  • Miller-Motte College-Wilmington (about 74 miles; Wilmington, NC; FT enrollment: 2,395)

Public high schools in Morehead City:

  • WEST CARTERET HIGH (Location: 4700 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD, Grades: 9-12)
  • BRIDGES SCHOOL (Location: 140 VASHTI DR, Grades: KG-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Morehead City:

  • MOREHEAD CITY MIDDLE (Location: 400 BARBOUR ROAD, Grades: 5-8)
  • MOREHEAD ELEM AT CAMP GLENN (Location: 3316 ARENDELL STREET, Grades: 4-5)
  • MOREHEAD CITY PRIMARY (Location: 4409 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD, Grades: PK-3)

Private elementary/middle school in Morehead City:

  • ST EGBERT CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 110, Location: 1705 EVANS ST, Grades: PK-5)
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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Morehead City: Morehead Plaza Center (A), Camp Glen (B), Morehead Gulf Docks (C), Carteret County Museum of History (D), Spooners Creek Marina (E), Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (F), Carteret County Civic Center (G), Carteret Historical Museum (H), Harborview Health Care Center (I), Carolinas Center for Surgery (J), Morehead City Hall (K), Morehead City Police Chief (L), Morehead City Police Department (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Parkway Shopping Center (1), Cypress Bay Shopping Center (2), Market Place Shopping Center (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Bay View Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Swamps: Calico Creek Marsh (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Peletier Creek (A), Spooner Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Morehead City: Mansfield Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Carteret County Historical Society Inc (Museums; 1008 Arendell Street) (1), Downtown Revitalization (801 Arendell Street) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Econo Lodge Crystal Coast (3410 Bridges Street) (1), Best Western Buccaneer Inn (2806 Arendell) (2), Edgewater Motel (1100 Edgewater Place # A) (3), Buccaneer Motor Lodge (2806 Arendell Street) (4), Hampton Inn (4035 Arendell Street) (5), Comfort Inn Morehead City (3100 Arendell Street) (6). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: Carteret County - Court Division- Probation Offices- Life Structure Training Pro (106 Banks Street) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Birthplace of: Chip Peterson - Swimmer, Jake Wade (baseball) - Baseball player, Matt Dodge - Football player, Algenon L. Marbley - District Judge, Calvin Daniels - Football player, Eric McCoo - Football player, Vaughan Johnson - Football player.

Carteret County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Morehead City and their reported violations in the past:

LOOKOUT FORD (Population served: 75, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-19-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-19-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-19-2014), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAR-19-2014), St Compliance achieved (APR-30-2014)
TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
HANDY HOUSE NO 2 (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2012 and JUN-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-29-2012), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-29-2012), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAY-29-2012), St Public Notif received (MAY-30-2012), St Compliance achieved (JUN-11-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2011 and SEP-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-24-2011), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-24-2011), St Public Notif received (AUG-24-2011), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (AUG-24-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUN-11-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-2009 and DEC-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-27-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-27-2010), St Public Notif received (FEB-02-2010), St Compliance achieved (JUL-19-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One minor monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Morehead City that have no violations reported:

  • BALLOU MHP (Population served: 95, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • HANDY HOUSE NO 10 (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • OPEN DOOR BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • IHRIE SUPPLY COMPANY (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.1 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

53.3%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

6.4%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Morehead City in 2010:

  • 133 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 30 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 20 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 5 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Morehead City in 2000:

  • 144 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 73 people in nursing homes
  • 45 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 14 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 14 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill

Banks with most branches in Morehead City (2011 data):

  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: 70 West Main Branch, Morehead City Plaza Branch, Governor's Station Branch. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Morehead City Branch at 800 Arendell Street, branch established on 1954/09/01; Mitchell Village Branch at 5003 Executive Drive, branch established on 1972/08/30. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Sound Banking Company: Messenger Service at 5039 Executive Drive, branch established on 2005/04/12; at 5039 Executive Drive, branch established on 2001/09/04. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $113.5 mil, Deposits: $87.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices
  • The East Carolina Bank: Morehead City Branch at 168 Nc Highway 24, branch established on 2004/01/26. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $921.7 mil, Deposits: $797.6 mil, headquarters in Engelhard, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 25 total offices, Holding Company: Ecb Bancorp, Inc.
  • Woodforest National Bank: Morehead City Wal-Mart Branch at 300 Highway 24, branch established on 2005/06/22. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)
  • First Bank: Morehead City Branch 20 at 137 Highway 24 West, branch established on 2003/07/01. Info updated 2011/01/25: Bank assets: $3,289.4 mil, Deposits: $2,759.1 mil, headquarters in Troy, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 98 total offices, Holding Company: First Bancorp
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Morehead City Main Branch at 3412 Bridges Street, branch established on 1971/03/29. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Morehead City Branch at 4913 Arendell Street, branch established on 1996/07/19. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Arendell Branch at 2300 Arendell Street, branch established on 1996/12/02. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The

For population 15 years and over in Morehead City:

Marital status in Morehead City, NC
  • Never married: 25.1%
  • Now married: 45.6%
  • Separated: 3.5%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 17.1%

For population 25 years and over in Morehead City:

  • High school or higher: 88.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.6%
  • Unemployed: 7.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.1
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Morehead City
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Morehead City, NC (based on Carteret County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant15,89673
Mainline Protestant9,17134
Catholic2,3451
Other1,1476
Black Protestant8137
None37,097-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 15
Carteret County:

2.38 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Carteret County:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Here:

0.48 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 43
Carteret County:

6.81 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 96
Carteret County:

15.20 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Carteret County:

11.0%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.3%
State:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Carteret County:

15.0%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

47.1%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Morehead City:

41.2%
State:

44.6%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.8
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Morehead City:

23.1%
State:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Morehead City:

12.9%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Morehead City:

33.8%
State:

33.6%

General health condition:
This city:

51.2%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

75.7%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Morehead City, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 36$119,279$39,7600$0
Firefighters 30$91,770$36,7089$6,396
Other and Unallocable 16$47,287$35,4657$1,645
Sewerage 14$42,518$36,4440$0
Water Supply 8$23,178$34,7670$0
Streets and Highways 8$20,096$30,1441$793
Police - Other 6$15,854$31,7084$5,728
Financial Administration 6$20,167$40,3340$0
Other Government Administration 5$23,006$55,2140$0
Parks and Recreation 5$16,018$38,4435$2,154
Solid Waste Management 1$2,013$24,1560$0
Health 0$0 0$0
Fire - Other 0$0 0$0
Local Libraries 0$0 7$7,288
Totals for Government 135$421,186$37,43933$24,004

Morehead City government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,323,000 ($357.20)
    Water Utilities: $1,934,000 ($207.89)
    Sewerage: $1,786,000 ($191.98)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,770,000 ($190.26)
    Health - Other: $1,770,000 ($190.26)
    Parks and Recreation: $948,000 ($101.90)
    Solid Waste Management: $856,000 ($92.01)
    Regular Highways: $838,000 ($90.08)
    Financial Administration: $613,000 ($65.89)
    General - Other: $601,000 ($64.60)
    Central Staff Services: $539,000 ($57.94)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $458,000 ($49.23)
    Libraries: $147,000 ($15.80)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $92,000 ($9.89)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $477,000 ($51.27)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $754,000 ($81.05)
    General - Other: $425,000 ($45.68)
    Police Protection: $108,000 ($11.61)
    Parks and Recreation: $79,000 ($8.49)
    Regular Highways: $49,000 ($5.27)
    Libraries: $26,000 ($2.79)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($0.11)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $178,000 ($19.13)

Morehead City government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $3,092,000 ($332.37)
    Hospital Public: $1,795,000 ($192.95)
    Solid Waste Management: $944,000 ($101.47)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $442,000 ($47.51)
    Parks and Recreation: $149,000 ($16.02)
    Other: $2,000 ($0.21)
  • Employee Retirement - Local Employee Contribution: $112,000 ($12.04)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $68,000 ($7.31)
    Sewerage: $6,000 ($0.64)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $53,000 ($5.70)
    Other: $4,000 ($0.43)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $429,000 ($46.11)
    Sale of Property: $82,000 ($8.81)
    Donations From Private Sources: $24,000 ($2.58)
    Interest Earnings: $0 ($0.00)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $3,399,000 ($365.37)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $272,000 ($29.24)
    General Local Government Support: $206,000 ($22.14)
    Housing and Community Development: $93,000 ($10.00)
    Other: $57,000 ($6.13)
  • Tax - Property: $6,786,000 ($729.44)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $2,485,000 ($267.12)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $345,000 ($37.08)
    Motor Vehicle License: $95,000 ($10.21)
    Other License: $49,000 ($5.27)

Morehead City government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,739,000 ($2229.28)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,184,000 ($2062.13)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,555,000 ($167.15)

7.76% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($62,808 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.76%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($748 average AGI)
Carteret County:

0.09%
North Carolina average:

0.08%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Craven County, NC  0.83% ($45,707 average AGI)
from Onslow County, NC  0.65% ($42,216)
from Wake County, NC  0.43% ($88,405)


7.26% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($46,636 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.26%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($820 average AGI)
Carteret County:

0.08%
North Carolina average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Craven County, NC  1.11% ($37,000 average AGI)
to Onslow County, NC  0.80% ($37,425)
to Wake County, NC  0.44% ($36,111)
Businesses in Morehead City, NC
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lowe's1
Advance Auto Parts1MasterBrand Cabinets7
Applebee's1Maurices1
Arby's1McDonald's2
Ashley Furniture1Nike2
AutoZone1Olive Garden1
Baskin-Robbins1Outback1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Outback Steakhouse1
Blockbuster1Panera Bread1
Buffalo Wild Wings1PetSmart1
Burger King1Pier 1 Imports1
CVS1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Chick-Fil-A1RadioShack1
Curves1Rite Aid1
Dairy Queen1Ruby Tuesday1
Decora Cabinetry1Rue211
Domino's Pizza1SONIC Drive-In1
Dunkin Donuts2Sears2
Econo Lodge1Staples1
FedEx3Starbucks1
Ford1Subway1
GNC1T-Mobile2
GameStop1T.J.Maxx1
H&R Block2Taco Bell1
Hardee's1The Athlete's Foot1
Hilton1True Value1
Holiday Inn1U-Haul3
Honda1U.S. Cellular1
Jones New York2UPS7
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
Kmart1Walgreens2
Lane Furniture1Walmart1
Little Caesars Pizza1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Morehead City:

  • WBTB (1400 AM; 1 kW; BEAUFORT, NC; Owner: EASTERN CAROLINA BROADCASTING COMPAN)
  • WSMO (1120 AM; 20 kW; CAMP LEJEUNE, NC; Owner: CTC MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WPTF (680 AM; 50 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: FIRST STATE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WSTK (910 AM; 5 kW; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJCV (1290 AM; 5 kW; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: DOWN EAST BROADCASTING CO INC.)
  • WANG (1330 AM; daytime; 1 kW; HAVELOCK, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WTAR (850 AM; 50 kW; NORFOLK, VA; Owner: SINCLAIR COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WFTK (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; WAKE FOREST, NC; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WCKO (1110 AM; daytime; 50 kW; NORFOLK, VA; Owner: WORD BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WNCT (1070 AM; 10 kW; GREENVILLE, NC; Owner: WNCT LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDLX (930 AM; 5 kW; WASHINGTON, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WRNS (960 AM; 5 kW; KINSTON, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WRVA (1140 AM; 50 kW; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Morehead City:

  • W218AR (91.5 FM; BEAUFORT, NC; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WBJD (91.5 FM; ATLANTIC BEACH, NC; Owner: CRAVEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WRHT (96.3 FM; MOREHEAD CITY, NC; Owner: ABG NORTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WLGP (100.3 FM; HARKERS ISLAND, NC; Owner: BARINOWSKI INVESTMENT COMPANY)
  • WOTJ (90.7 FM; MOREHEAD CITY, NC; Owner: GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL)
  • WANG-FM (105.1 FM; HAVELOCK, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • W203BC (88.5 FM; BEAUFORT, NC; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WTKF (107.3 FM; ATLANTIC, NC; Owner: ATLANTIC RIDGE TELECASTERS, INC.)
  • WMGV (103.3 FM; NEWPORT, NC; Owner: WMGV LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNBR (94.1 FM; ORIENTAL, NC; Owner: ABG NORTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WRUP (97.9 FM; BAYBORO, NC; Owner: CONNER MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • WERO (93.3 FM; WASHINGTON, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WNCT-FM (107.9 FM; GREENVILLE, NC; Owner: WNCT LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W220DD (91.9 FM; MOREHEAD CITY, NC; Owner: FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.)
  • WIKS (101.9 FM; NEW BERN, NC; Owner: WIKS LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSFL-FM (106.5 FM; NEW BERN, NC; Owner: WSFL LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

TV broadcast stations around Morehead City:

  • W05BI (Channel 5; MOREHEAD CITY, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFXI (Channel 8; MOREHEAD CITY, NC; Owner: PIEDMONT TELEVISION OF EASTERN CAROLINA LICENSE LLC)
  • WCTI-TV (Channel 12; NEW BERN, NC; Owner: EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WUNM-TV (Channel 19; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WITN-TV (Channel 7; WASHINGTON, NC; Owner: WITN LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WNCT-TV (Channel 9; GREENVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPXU-TV (Channel 35; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: PAXSON JACKSONVILLE LICENSE, INC.)
Morehead City fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Morehead City fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 4Number of bridges
  • 46ft / 13.6mTotal length
  • 27,900Total average daily traffic
  • 2,746Total average daily truck traffic
  • 55,800Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 59. The highest number of reported fires - 129 took place in 2012, and the least - 3 in 2004. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Morehead City, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (52.8%), and Outside Fires (29.6%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Morehead City, NC
    • 50352.8%Structure Fires
    • 28229.6%Outside Fires
    • 909.5%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 778.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Morehead City, NC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Morehead City, North Carolina:

  • Quality Inn, 3100 Arendell St, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557 , Phone: (252) 247-3434, Fax: (252) 247-4411
  • Econo Lodge Crystal Coast, 3410 Bridges St, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557 , Phone: (252) 247-2940, Fax: (252) 247-0746
  • Buccaneer Inn Magnuson Hotel, 2806 Arendell St, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557 , Phone: (252) 726-3115, Fax: (252) 726-3864
  • Amerisuites, 118 Salter Path Rd, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557 , Phone: (252) 247-5118, Fax: (252) 247-5705
  • Bask Hotel, 814 Shepard St, Morehead city, North Carolina 28557 , Phone: (252) 499-9200, Fax: (252) 499-9181
All 5 fire-safe hotels and motels in Morehead City, North Carolina
Most common first names in Morehead City, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William14272.1 years
John14073.9 years
James13271.6 years
Mary13177.4 years
Robert8074.0 years
Charles7871.6 years
George6973.8 years
Margaret5477.8 years
Elizabeth4481.5 years
Ruth4280.9 years
Most common last names in Morehead City, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Willis17876.3 years
Smith9873.8 years
Lewis9876.3 years
Jones7975.4 years
Guthrie7074.3 years
Bell6177.7 years
Davis5878.6 years
Johnson4073.0 years
Fulcher3274.3 years
Williams3176.5 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Morehead City, NC
  • 88.4%Electricity
  • 4.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.6%Utility gas
  • 1.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Other fuel
  • 0.2%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Morehead City, NC
  • 91.5%Electricity
  • 5.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.6%Utility gas
  • 0.8%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.3%Other fuel


Morehead City compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.

Morehead City on our top lists:

  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of police officers per 1000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: health technologists and technicians (population 5,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest racial income disparities between White and Black householders (with at least 200 householders)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
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