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 9,519 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Morehead City: Shepherds Point.

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Morehead City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 9,519
Daytime Population: Workers 12,857
Daytime Population: Residents 4,746
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 17,603
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.85
Population in Households 9,325
Population in Familes 6,736
Population in Group Qrtrs 194
Population Density2 1,354
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $40,838
Average Household Income $60,070
Per Capita Income $28,405


Total Housing Units 5,923 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,352 (39.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,124 (35.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,447 (24.4%)
Median Home Value $212,955
Average Home Value $265,621


Total Households 4,476
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 2,461
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 1.19% 0.83%
Households 1.07% 0.75%
Families 1.46% 0.65%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   2.89%

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, 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 # 93 88th
Population Density # 113 85th
Diversity Index # 403 45th
Median Household Income # 386 48th
Per Capita Income # 181 76th

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