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Welcome to Morehead City ...

The coastal town of Morehead City is located in Carteret County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Morehead City has a population of 9,624 people<2> (see below for details).

Morehead City was established in 1855.

The community of Morehead City is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Morehead City lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Morehead City: (252)

The ZIP code for Morehead City: 28557<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Morehead City had an population of 9,624 people. This is an increase of 11.12% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 25.13% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Morehead City had a population of 8,661 people (which is 13.03% of the total population of Carteret County). This makes Morehead City the county's most populous community.

The population of Morehead City represents 0.09% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 92nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,661 people, the population of Morehead City increased 12.61% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 7,691 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Morehead City.

Communities near Morehead City ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Morehead City.

  • Havelock [Craven County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Havelock
    • Havelock [Craven County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northwest of Morehead City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,593 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Havelock
  • Newport [Carteret County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newport
    • Newport [Carteret County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Morehead City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,636 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newport have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newport
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newport<7>
  • Emerald Isle [Carteret County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emerald Isle
    • Emerald Isle [Carteret County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the west of Morehead City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,676 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Emerald Isle have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emerald Isle
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emerald Isle<7>
  • Cape Carteret [Carteret County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cape Carteret
    • Cape Carteret [Carteret County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the west of Morehead City
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,061 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cape Carteret have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cape Carteret
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cape Carteret<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Peletier [Carteret County]
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      • Peletier [Carteret County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the west of Morehead City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 721 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peletier have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peletier
    • Bogue [Carteret County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bogue
      • Bogue [Carteret County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the west of Morehead City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 706 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bogue have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bogue
    • Minnesott Beach [Pamlico County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minnesott Beach
      • Minnesott Beach [Pamlico County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the north of Morehead City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 423 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Minnesott Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minnesott Beach
    • Indian Beach [Carteret County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indian Beach
      • Indian Beach [Carteret County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the west of Morehead City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 119 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indian Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Indian Beach<7>
    • Beaufort [Carteret County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaufort
      • Beaufort [Carteret County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the east of Morehead City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,491 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beaufort have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaufort
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beaufort<7>
    • Pine Knoll Shores [Carteret County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Knoll Shores
      • Pine Knoll Shores [Carteret County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the west of Morehead City
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,315 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pine Knoll Shores have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Knoll Shores
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pine Knoll Shores<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Morehead City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Morehead City.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Morehead City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Morehead City.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Morehead City. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Morehead City.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Morehead City ...

Looking for more information about Morehead City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Morehead City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Morehead City.

Adding Morehead City to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Morehead City in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Morehead City was on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1860.

We also found Morehead City in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Morehead City on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of North Carolina

About Carteret County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Morehead City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Carteret County: www.co.carteret.nc.us/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Carteret, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Morehead City.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Morehead City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Morehead City). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Morehead City or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Morehead City) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Morehead City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Morehead CityOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morehead City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7224, Longitude: -76.7255    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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