New Bern, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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New Bern, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of New Bern had a population of 30,552 as of July 1, 2017. New Bern ranks in the upper 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 New Bern is located at latitude 35.0957 and longitude -77.0708 in Craven County. The formal boundaries for the City of New Bern (see map below) encompass a land area of 27.73 sq. miles and a water area of 1.44 sq. miles. Craven County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of New Bern (GNIS ID: 2404358) 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 City of New Bern is located within Township 8, a minor civil division (MCD) of Craven County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with New Bern 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 New Bern: Newbern.

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New Bern, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 30,552
Daytime Population: Workers 27,217
Daytime Population: Residents 16,882
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 44,099
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.44
Population in Households 29,812
Population in Familes 23,021
Population in Group Qrtrs 740
Population Density2 1,102
Diversity Index3 63


Median Household Income $41,486
Average Household Income $60,017
Per Capita Income $26,454


Total Housing Units 15,131 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,872 (45.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,282 (41.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,977 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $175,764
Average Home Value $224,931


Total Households 13,154
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 7,896
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 0.65% 0.02%
Households 0.6% 0.01%
Families 0.5% -0.1%
Median Household Income   1.52%
Per Capita Income   2.32%

New Bern, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares New Bern 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 # 30 96th
Population Density # 192 74th
Diversity Index # 143 81st
Median Household Income # 371 50th
Per Capita Income # 230 69th

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