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James City, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The James City Census Designated Place had a population of 5,620 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for James City is located at latitude 35.0888 and longitude -77.035 in Craven County. The formal boundaries for the James City Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 7.71 sq. miles and a water area of 6.29 sq. miles. Craven County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 13 feet.

The James City Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402629) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The James City Census Designated Place is located within Township 7, a minor civil division (MCD) of Craven County.


James City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 5,620 (100%)
Population in Households 5,434 (96.7%)
Population in Families 4,455 (79.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 186 ( 3.3%)
Population Density 729
Diversity Index2 43


Median Household Income $57,734
Average Household Income $85,648
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $34,036
Wealth Index5 97


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,664 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,553 (58.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 694 (26.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 418 (15.7%)
Median Home Value $187,461
Average Home Value $291,634
Housing Affordability Index3 187


Total Households 2,246
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 1,544
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.51% -0.36%
Households -0.55% -0.39%
Families -0.53% -0.47%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   2.19%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.32%


James City, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares James City to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 145 81st
Population Density # 351 53rd
Median Household Income # 180 76th
Housing Affordability Index # 315 43rd
Per Capita Income # 132 82nd
Diversity Index # 434 41st

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