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 2,092 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Cape Carteret, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,092
Daytime Population: Workers 823
Daytime Population: Residents 1,072
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,895
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.91
Population in Households 2,092
Population in Familes 1,783
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 832
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $59,891
Average Household Income $79,262
Per Capita Income $33,515


Total Housing Units 1,123 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 711 (63.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 160 (14.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 252 (22.4%)
Median Home Value $259,774
Average Home Value $304,389


Total Households 871
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 631
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.68% 0.63%
Households 0.67% 0.61%
Families 0.29% 0.5%
Median Household Income   3.19%
Per Capita Income   3.49%

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, 2017 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 # 314 58th
Population Density # 290 61st
Diversity Index # 635 14th
Median Household Income # 84 89th
Per Capita Income # 86 88th

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