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The 2000 Census showed that Carteret County had a population of 59,383 people. This represented 0.74% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 41st most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Carteret had a population of 64,423 people. This is an increase of 8.49% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201066,469+11.93%+3.18% since 2009
200964,423+8.49%+1.38% since 2008
200863,547+7.01%+0.34% since 2007
200763,334+6.65%+0.1% since 2006
200663,269+6.54%+1.6% since 2005
200562,273+4.87%+0.91% since 2004
200461,711+3.92%+1.43% since 2003
200360,838+2.45%+1.19% since 2002
200260,121+1.24%+0.7% since 2001
200159,705+0.54%+0.54% since 2000
200059,383The Last Census

Carteret County had 40,947 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Carteret County has a total area<3> of 1,340 square miles [3,471 km²]. Of this total, 519 square miles [1,346 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (61.2%) being water (820 square miles [2,125 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Carteret County had a population density of 114.2 people per square mile [44.11 people/km²], making it the state's 43rd most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Carteret County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Carteret and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Carteret County QuickFact (QF-37031).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Carteret County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Morehead CityQF-37443209,6807,69125.86%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Carteret County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CravenQF-37049   NW98,52991,4367.76%
HydeQF-37095   NE5,2115,826-10.56%
JonesQF-37103   NW10,07110,381-2.99%
OnslowQF-37133   W173,064150,35515.1%
PamlicoQF-37137   N12,42212,934-3.96%

The Atlantic Ocean lies to the east.

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Census QuickFact for Carteret County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Carteret. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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