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Cape Carteret, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Cape Carteret is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Carteret County at latitude 34.6916 and longitude -77.063. Carteret County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Cape Carteret, but most people and references simply refer to it as Cape Carteret, North Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Cape Carteret indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Cape Carteret (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.19 sq. miles.

Town of Cape Carteret, NC Boundary Map

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Cape Carteret, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,037
Population in Households 2,037
Population in Familes 1,737
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 819
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 850
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 616
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,087 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 701 (64.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 149 (13.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 237 (21.8%)
Median Home Value $251,025
Average Home Value $291,619


Median Household Income $55,793
Average Household Income $69,879
Per Capita Income $29,753
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.44% 1.48%
Households 1.35% 1.37%
Families 0.78% 1.3%
Median Household Income   2.31%
Per Capita Income   1.15%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Cape Carteret, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cape Carteret to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 313 58th
Population Density1 # 298 60th
Diversity Index2 # 640 13th
Median Household Income # 95 87th
Per Capita Income # 99 87th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.