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Craven County, North Carolina

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Founded  1739
Congressional districts  1st, 3rd
Website  www.cravencounty.com
Population  104,489 (2013)
Unemployment rate  5.7% (Apr 2015)
Largest city  New Bern
Time zone  Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Area  2,005 km²
County seat  New Bern
University  Craven Community College

Named for  William, Earl of Craven
Cities  New Bern, Havelock, Vanceboro, Bridgeton, Cove City, Trent Woods, River Bend, Dover
Points of interest  Tryon Palace, New Bern Firemen's Museum, North Carolina History C, Croatan National Forest, New Bern Historical Society

Craven County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 103,505. Its county seat is New Bern. The county was created in 1705 as Archdale Precinct from the now-extinct Bath County. It was renamed Craven Precinct in 1712 and gained county status in 1739. It is named for William, Earl of Craven, who lived from 1606-1697.

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Map of Craven County, NC, USA

Craven County is part of the New Bern, NC, Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 774 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 709 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 65 square miles (170 km2) (8.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

  • Beaufort County (northeast)
  • Pamlico County (east)
  • Carteret County (southeast)
  • Jones County (southwest)
  • Lenoir County (west)
  • Pitt County (northwest)
  • National protected area

  • Croatan National Forest (part)
  • Demographics

    As of the census of 2000, there were 91,436 people, 34,582 households, and 25,071 families residing in the county. The population density was 129 people per square mile (50/km²). There were 38,150 housing units at an average density of 54 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.94% White, 25.12% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.78% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 4.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

    There were 34,582 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 12.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.93.

    In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 12.80% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.50 males.

    The median income for a household in the county was $35,966, and the median income for a family was $42,574. Males had a median income of $28,163 versus $21,412 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,423. About 9.90% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.50% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.

    Law and government

    Craven County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.

    Cities

  • Havelock
  • New Bern (county seat)
  • Towns

  • Bridgeton
  • Cove City
  • Dover
  • River Bend
  • Trent Woods
  • Vanceboro
  • Census-designated places

  • Brices Creek
  • Fairfield Harbour
  • James City
  • Neuse Forest
  • Other unincorporated communities

  • Adams Creek
  • Cherry Branch
  • Ernul
  • Fort Barnwell
  • Harlowe
  • References

    Craven County, North Carolina Wikipedia


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