Morehead City, NC 28557 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 28557: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Morehead City, NC 28557

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 1,497
  • Single Family Addresses: 6,720
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 559
  • County: Carteret County
  • Centroid: Latitude 34.726, Longitude -76.758
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

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Morehead City, NC 28557 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 15,488
Population in Households 15,300
Population in Familes 11,707
Population in Group Qrtrs 188
Population Density1 1,099
Diversity Index2 38


Total Households 7,046
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 4,269
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 8,603 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,414 (51.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,632 (30.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,557 (18.1%)
Median Home Value $234,096
Average Home Value $288,610


Median Household Income $46,991
Average Household Income $64,475
Per Capita Income $29,560
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.27% 1.2%
Households 1.18% 1.16%
Families 1.03% 1.08%
Median Household Income   2.19%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
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 28557 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 28557 to the other 775 ZIP Codes 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 # 232 70th
Population Density1 # 98 87th
Diversity Index2 # 481 38th
Median Household Income # 254 67th
Per Capita Income # 117 85th

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