Introduction to Morehead City, North Carolina

Morehead City, North Carolina, in Carteret county, is 40 miles E of Jacksonville, North Carolina (center to center) and 130 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Morehead City History

In the early 1850s, Shepard Point Land Company purchased the land of present day Morehead City. The community was named in honor of John Motley Morehead, the 29th Governor of North Carolina. Construction of railroads began in 1855, and rail service was established in July of 1858. Morehead City was officially incorporated in 1860, and it was occupied by the Federal troops in 1862.

Morehead City and Nearby Attractions

  • Carteret County Museum of History and Art
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
  • Fort Macon State Park
  • Beaufort Historic Site

Things To Do In Morehead City

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, which is located in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, is a popular area attraction. Fort Macon State Park, bordered by the Bogue Sound, Atlantic, and Beaufort Inlet, includes a Civil War fort and offers facilities for hiking, fishing, and swimming. The Parkway Shopping Center is a popular shopping center in the town. Morehead City also offers easy access to the Carteret County Museum of History and Art, and the Beaufort Historical Site. The community celebrates the North Carolina Seafood Festival in October every year.

Morehead City Transportation

The closest major airport is Craven County Regional Airport.

Morehead City Higher Education

Carteret Community College is located in Morehead City. Also close by are Coastal Carolina Community College, Pitt Community College, and East Carolina University.

Morehead City Almanac

Nearest Medium City 40 miles E of Jacksonville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City130 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Carteret County
Standard Zip Codes28557
Phone Area Codes252
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Morehead City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp36 to 57 F
Apr Temp51 to 72 F
Jul Temp72 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 77 F
Annual Precip58.2 inches
StationBAYBORO 3 E
Distance29.6 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp52 to 76 F
Annual Precip54.7 inches
StationAURORA 6 N
Distance45.8 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp49 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp52 to 74 F
Annual Precip50 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atlantic Beach1,596$55,036
Emerald Isle3,708$75,703
Pine Knoll Shores1,515$81,250

Morehead City Hospitals

Carteret General Hospital
(Government - Local)
3500 Arendell Street
(252) 808-6000
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Morehead City Public Schools

Morehead City Middle
400 Barbour Rd
(252) 726-1126
Total Enrollment 495
Cape Lookout Marine Sci High
1108 Bridges St
(252) 726-1601
Total Enrollment 68
West Carteret High
4700 Country Club Rd
(252) 726-1176
Total Enrollment 1190
Morehead Elem At Camp Glenn
3316 Arendell St
(252) 726-1131
Total Enrollment 324
Morehead City Primary
4409 Country Club Rd
(252) 247-2448
Total Enrollment 688

Morehead City Private Schools

St Egbert Catholic School
1705 Evans St
Total Enrollment 94

Morehead City Colleges

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