Jacksonville, North Carolina

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Jacksonville, North Carolina

Introduction to Jacksonville, North Carolina

Jacksonville, North Carolina, in Onslow county, is 98 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. The city’s population is 66,715.

Jacksonville History

The community was established in 1757 and officially incorporated in 1842. The city was named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. The establishment of Marine Barracks, New River, which was later named Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, lead to a population explosion in 1941.

Jacksonville and nearby Attractions

  • Lynwood Park Zoo
  • Onslow County Museum
  • Hammocks Beach State Park
  • Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens
  • Airlie Gardens
  • North Carolina Aquarium

Things To Do In Jacksonville

Jacksonville is home to the Marine Corporation Museum of the Carolinas and the Lynnwood Park Zoo. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Rock Creek Golf and Country Club. At the Hammocks Beach State Park, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, camping, boating and picnicking. The city also hosts the Onslow County Fair, the Kuumba Festival and the Fall Family Fun Day every year.

Jacksonville Transportation

Wilmington International is the nearest major airport.

Jacksonville Higher Education

Coastal Carolina Community College is located in the city of Jacksonville. The Craven Community College, Lenoir Community College and Pamlico Community College are also close by as well.

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High Points

Jacksonville strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Jacksonville Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Jacksonville Short Commute Times
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Jacksonville Low Property Crime
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 8% Jacksonville Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 10% Jacksonville Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Jacksonville Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Jacksonville, North Carolina

Comparing Jacksonville to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 2 6
Senior Citizens 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 4 6
College Educated Adults 3 7
People in Middle Class or Better 2 3
Median Family Income 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 7 8
Public Transportation Use 4 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 3
Affordability of Rents 8 3
Housing Recently Built 6 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 2
People Living Alone 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 9 8

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Jacksonville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 98 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Onslow
Metro Area Jacksonville
Standard Zip Codes 28540, 28543, 28544, 28545, 28546
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28541, 28542
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.753
Longitude -77.43

Jacksonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54 inches
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches
Station KINSTON 5 SE
Distance 32.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
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Jacksonville Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 66,715 100%
Male 40,678 61%
Female 26,037 39%
Under 18 16,201 24.3%
18+ 50,514 75.7%
65+ 3,180 4.8%
Median Age 22.4
Average Family Size 3.18
White 42,655 63.9%
African-American 15,987 24%
Asian 1,380 2.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 503 0.8%
Other 3,614 5.4%
Mixed Race 2,450 3.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,702 10%

Estimated Jacksonville Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 62,628
Growth -4,087
Growth % -6.1%

Jacksonville Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.5%
German 11.8%
Irish 10.1%
US/American 6.4%
English 6.1%
Italian 5.3%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Scottish 2%
Polish 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Norwegian 1%
African 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
European 0.5%
Jamaican 0.5%
British 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Australian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Jacksonville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Camp Lejeune (28542)
Lejeune (28542)
McCutcheon Field (28545)
Midway Park (28544)
Tarawa (28543)
Tarawa Ter (28543)
Tarawa Terrace (28543)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Jacksonville 66,715 $33,763
Holly Ridge 831 $26,979
Maysville 1,002 $34,688
North Topsail Beach 843 $53,125
Pollocksville 269 $51,250
Richlands 928 $31,667
Swansboro 1,426 $45,357

Jacksonville Public Libraries

Onslow County Public Library
Jacksonville, North Carolina
(910) 455-7350

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Jacksonville Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(910) 577-2345
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Jacksonville

(As of 2006)
2025 N Marine Road
(910) 455-2358
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

Serves 1,210 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

Serves 782 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

Serves 769 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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