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Overview

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.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Morehead City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles E of Jacksonville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 130 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Carteret
Standard Zip Codes 28557
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.722
Longitude -76.726

Morehead City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MOREHEAD CITY 2 WNW
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 72 F
Jul Temp 72 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 77 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches
Station BAYBORO 3 E
Distance 29.6 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
Station AURORA 6 N
Distance 45.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 50 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlantic Beach 1,596 $55,036
Beaufort 4,153 $39,500
Emerald Isle 3,708 $75,703
Havelock 20,729 $44,309
Newport 4,598 $55,128
Pine Knoll Shores 1,515 $81,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Morehead City Hospitals

CARTERET GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
3500 ARENDELL ST
(252) 808-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Morehead City High Schools

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WEST CARTERET HIGH
4700 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD
252-726-1176
Serves 1,222 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

CAPE LOOKOUT MARINE SCI HIGH
1108 BRIDGES STREET
252-726-1601
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 106 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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