Morehead City, NC

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2022 Population
9,632
1.02% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
46.3
2.21% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
15.4%
20.9% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$51,716
9.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$316,500
7.18% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
4,372
0.996% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Morehead City, NC had a population of 9.63k people with a median age of 46.3 and a median household income of $51,716. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Morehead City, NC grew from 9,535 to 9,632, a 1.02% increase and its median household income grew from $47,058 to $51,716, a 9.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Morehead City, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (80.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.51%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.98%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.61%), and White (Hispanic) (1.69%).

None of the households in Morehead City, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Morehead City, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Morehead City, NC are Carteret Community College (533 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Morehead City, NC was $316,500, and the homeownership rate was 48.3%.

Most people in Morehead City, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Morehead City, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Morehead City, NC is home to a population of 9.63k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.5% of Morehead City, NC residents were born outside of the country (337 people).

In 2022, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.76k people) in Morehead City, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 627 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 383 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
98.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Morehead City, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Morehead City, NC was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Morehead City, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.76k ± 293
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    627 ± 183
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    383 ± 141
7.02%
Hispanic Population
676 people

In 2022, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.76k people) in Morehead City, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 627 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 383 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.02% of the people in Morehead City, NC are hispanic (676 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
337 people
2.88%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
275 people

As of 2022, 3.5% of Morehead City, NC residents (337 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Morehead City, NC was 2.88%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    254 ± 106
  2. Vietnam
    227 ± 63
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    135 ± 60

Morehead City, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.12 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Morehead City, NC employs 4.37k people. The largest industries in Morehead City, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (904 people), Retail Trade (395 people), and Manufacturing (378 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($100,313), Public Administration ($70,139), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,344).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

4.37k
2022 Value
± 430
−0.996%
1 Year decline
± 14.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Morehead City, NC declined at a rate of −0.996%, from 4.42k employees to 4.37k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Morehead City, NC, are Management Occupations (447 people), Sales & Related Occupations (401 people), and Healthcare Support Occupations (396 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Morehead City, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

4.37k
2022 Value
± 430
−0.996%
1 Year decline
± 14.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Morehead City, NC declined at a rate of −0.996%, from 4.42k employees to 4.37k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Morehead City, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (904 people), Retail Trade (395 people), and Manufacturing (378 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Morehead City, NC, though some of these residents may live in Morehead City, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$40,203
Median earning men ± $10,674
$31,824
Median earning women ± $8,252

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($75,417), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($71,042), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,344).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($82,917), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($64,031), and Public Administration ($60,438).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Morehead City, NC awarded 533 degrees. The student population of Morehead City, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 520 male students and 1,034 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Morehead City, NC are White (417 and 78.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (38 and 7.18%), Black or African American (37 and 6.99%), and Two or More Races (21 and 3.97%).

The largest universities in Morehead City, NC by number of degrees awarded are Carteret Community College (533 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Morehead City, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (104 and 19.5%), General Business Administration & Management (34 and 6.38%), and Information Technology (33 and 6.19%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,554 students enrolled in Morehead City, NC, 33.5% men and 66.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,211 records, of which 65.6% were women and 34.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 104 degrees awarded
  2. 20 degrees awarded
  3. 15 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Morehead City, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 104 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
533 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carteret Community College with 533 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 202 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Morehead City, NC, which is 0.61 times less than the 331 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 417 degrees mean that there were 11 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 38 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($178) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,250) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Morehead City, NC was $316,500 in 2022, which is 1.12 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $295,300 to $316,500, a 7.18% increase. The homeownership rate in Morehead City, NC is 48.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Morehead City, NC have an average commute time of 19.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Morehead City, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Morehead City, NC is $51,716. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Morehead City, NC was Census Tract 9705.04 with a value of $100,208, followed by Census Tract 9705.02 and Census Tract 9704.03, with respective values of $87,996 and $51,655.

Property

$316,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$22,799
$2,396
Median Property Taxes
±$257

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Morehead City, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Morehead City, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

48.3%
Homeownership
2022
66.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 48.3% of the housing units in Morehead City, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 45.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9705.04
  2. Census Tract 9705.02
  3. Census Tract 9704.03

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Morehead City, NC was Census Tract 9705.04 with a value of $100,208, followed by Census Tract 9705.02 and Census Tract 9704.03, with respective values of $87,996 and $51,655.

The following map shows all of the places in Morehead City, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$51,716
Median Household Income
± $3,975
4.96k
Number of Households
± 452

In 2022, the median household income of the 4.96k households in Morehead City, NC grew to $51,716 from the previous year's value of $47,058.

The following chart displays the households in Morehead City, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Morehead City, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.78%)
  3. Carpooled (5.22%)

In 2022, 81.2% of workers in Morehead City, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.78%) and those who carpooled to work (5.22%).

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Commute Time

19.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Morehead City, NC have a shorter commute time (19.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.53% of the workforce in Morehead City, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Morehead City, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Morehead City, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Morehead City, NC (1.45k out of 9.44k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Morehead City, NC is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

90.2% of the population of Morehead City, NC has health coverage, with 35.6% on employee plans, 12.7% on Medicaid, 16.9% on Medicare, 22.1% on non-group plans, and 2.93% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Carteret County, NC see 1362 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.81% increase from the previous year (1312 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1288 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 585 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,362 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Carteret County, NC

Primary care physicians in Carteret County, NC see an average of 1,362 patients per year. This represents a 3.81% increase from the previous year (1,312 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Carteret County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.2% under 18 years, 18.5% between 18 and 34 years, 39.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 23% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 45.4% were men and 54.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.76%
Uninsured
35.6%
Employer Coverage
12.7%
Medicaid
16.9%
Medicare
22.1%
Non-Group
2.93%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Morehead City, NC grew by 3.85% from 9.4% to 9.76%.

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