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Time Zone: Carteret County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Beaufort is the Seat for Carteret County.

Carteret County was founded in 1722 and was created by taking area from CravenCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Carteret had a population of 64,423 people. This is an increase of 8.49% since the last Census (which gave a population of 59,383 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Carteret represented 0.74% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 41st most populous county (out of 100 counties).

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
200059,383The Last Census

More information can be found on the Carteret County Census Page for Carteret County.


Below are some of the communities located in Carteret County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Carteret County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Morehead City   9,6807,69125.86% increase  
Newport   4,3713,34930.52% increase  
Beaufort   4,3093,77114.27% increase  
Emerald Isle   3,6953,4885.93% increase  
Atlantic Beach   1,8481,7813.76% increase  

Websites for Carteret County

Official Website:   www.co.carteret.nc.us/

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<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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