Cape Carteret, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Cape Carteret, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Cape Carteret had a population of 2,162 as of July 1, 2016. Cape Carteret ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cape Carteret is located at latitude 34.6943 and longitude -77.0602 in Carteret County. 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. Carteret County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The Town of Cape Carteret (GNIS ID: 2405376) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Cape Carteret is located within Township of White Oak, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carteret County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cape Carteret population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Cape Carteret, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,162
Population in Households 2,162
Population in Familes 1,845
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 860
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 902
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 655
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,151 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 740 (64.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 162 (14.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 249 (21.6%)
Median Home Value $259,091
Average Home Value $306,182


Median Household Income $57,499
Average Household Income $73,030
Per Capita Income $30,969
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.32% 1.31%
Households 1.34% 1.3%
Families 0.93% 1.22%
Median Household Income   2.35%
Per Capita Income   2.1%
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, 2016 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 # 308 58th
Population Density1 # 283 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 636 14th
Median Household Income # 91 88th
Per Capita Income # 98 87th

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