Morehead City, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Morehead City, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Morehead City had a population of 9,662 as of July 1, 2016. Morehead City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Morehead City is located at latitude 34.728 and longitude -76.734 in Carteret County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Morehead City (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.03 sq. miles and a water area of 2.74 sq. miles. Carteret County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The Town of Morehead City (GNIS ID: 2406191) 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 Morehead City is located within Township of Morehead, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carteret County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Morehead City: Shepherds Point.

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Morehead City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 9,662
Population in Households 9,468
Population in Familes 6,850
Population in Group Qrtrs 194
Population Density1 1,374
Diversity Index2 45


Total Households 4,565
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 2,510
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,987 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,421 (40.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,145 (35.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,422 (23.8%)
Median Home Value $210,497
Average Home Value $267,634


Median Household Income $38,816
Average Household Income $55,553
Per Capita Income $26,420
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.63% 1.3%
Households 1.56% 1.26%
Families 2.01% 1.16%
Median Household Income   2.16%
Per Capita Income   1.9%
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.

Morehead City, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Morehead City 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 # 93 88th
Population Density1 # 106 86th
Diversity Index2 # 404 45th
Median Household Income # 402 46th
Per Capita Income # 207 72nd

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