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
  • County: Carteret County
  • Centroid: Latitude 34.726, Longitude -76.758
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes
  • Businesses Addresses: 1,514
  • PO Box Addresses: 581
  • Residential Addresses: 7,413
    • Multi-Family Addresses: 565
    • Single Family Addresses: 6,848

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Database updated: May 1, 2018, Maps updated: February 1, 2018.

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Morehead City, NC 28557 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 15,342
Daytime Population: Workers 13,256
Daytime Population: Residents 7,760
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,016
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 15,154
Population in Familes 11,588
Population in Group Qrtrs 188
Population Density2 1,084
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $49,622
Average Household Income $69,863
Per Capita Income $31,874


Total Housing Units 8,565 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,336 (50.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,613 (30.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,616 (18.9%)
Median Home Value $236,226
Average Home Value $288,572


Total Households 6,949
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 4,214
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 0.86% 0.76%
Households 0.73% 0.69%
Families 0.58% 0.59%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   2.85%

Morehead City, NC 28557 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 28557 to the other 782 ZIP Codes 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 # 235 70th
Population Density # 103 87th
Diversity Index # 482 38th
Median Household Income # 233 70th
Per Capita Income # 107 86th

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