Introduction to New Bern, North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina, in Craven county, is 32 miles NE of Jacksonville, North Carolina (center to center) and 100 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina.About 23,128 people live in New Bern.

New Bern History

The early settlers of New Bern were the Swiss and German immigrants. It was first settled in 1710. The early settlers named the area after the City of Bern, Switzerland. It was selected as the first state capital after the American Revolutionary War. Tryon Palace, built in the city in 1770, was the former home of William Tryon, the British governor. It became the largest city of North Carolina during the Federal period of the 1800s. The city is also the birthplace of Pepsi Cola.

New Bern and nearby Attractions

  • Attmore Oliver House Museum
  • Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens
  • New Bern Firemen's Museum
  • Croatan National Forest
  • Fireman's Museum
  • Fort Macon State Park

Things To Do In New Bern

While in New Bern, one can spend their leisure time at Lawson Creek Park, Glenburnie Park, Union Point Park, Fort Totten Park, and Kafer Park. The city also offers easy access to Fort Macon State Park, North Carolina Maritime Museum, Aurora Fossil Museum, North Carolina Aquarium, and C.S.S. Neuse State Historic Site and Governor Richard Caswell Memorial. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Twin Rivers Mall.

New Bern Transportation

Craven County Regional Airport is nearby.

New Bern Higher Education

Craven Community College, Carolina Air Flight Training, and Sound Views School of Christian Theology are located within the city.


Total Population 30,171
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 11,956
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 46.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.2%
Median Earnings25+ $29,481
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,352
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,200


Median Family Income $52,128
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $862
Median House Value $146,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.2%
US/American 0%
English 12.3%
Irish 10.5%

New Bern Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles NE of Jacksonville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 100 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Craven
Standard Zip Codes 28560, 28562
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28561, 28563, 28564
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.108
Longitude -77.044

New Bern Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 54 F
Apr Temp 50 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 88 F
Oct Temp 53 to 74 F
Annual Precip 54.6 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 72 to 89 F
Oct Temp 54 to 75 F
Annual Precip 57.1 inches
Station BAYBORO 3 E
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alliance 802 $53,611
Arapahoe 494 $52,344
Bridgeton 371 $58,897
Pollocksville 476 $26,875
Trent Woods 4,210 $96,982
Vanceboro 1,092 $34,205

New Bern Public Libraries

Craven-pamlico-carteret Regional Library
New Bern, North Carolina
(252) 638-7810

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New Bern Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(252) 633-8980
Emergency Service: Yes

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