Morehead City, North Carolina Population 2024

10,147

Morehead City is a city located in Carteret County North Carolina. Morehead City has a 2024 population of 10,147. Morehead City is currently growing at a rate of 1.45% annually and its population has increased by 5.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 9,575 in 2020.

The average household income in Morehead City is $76,683 with a poverty rate of 15.36%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Morehead City is 46.3 years, 45.8 years for males, and 46.7 years for females.

Morehead City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Morehead City was:

  • White: 82.26%
  • Two or more races: 7.59%
  • Black or African American: 6.51%
  • Other race: 1.97%
  • Asian: 1.55%
  • Native American: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
7.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,379.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
5.97% (572)
The current population of Morehead City, North Carolina is 10,147 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 9,575.

Morehead City, North Carolina Population 2024

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Morehead City Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White7,92382.26%
Two or more races7317.59%
Black or African American6276.51%
Other race1901.97%
Asian1491.55%
Native American120.12%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Morehead City Population by Race

Morehead City Population Pyramid 2024

Morehead City Median Age

46.3

Total

45.8

Male

46.7

Female

Morehead City Adults

There are 7,955 adults, (2,294 of whom are seniors) in Morehead City.

Morehead City Age Dependency

70.1

Age Dependency Ratio

40.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Morehead City Sex Ratio

Female5,18653.84%
Male4,44646.16%

Morehead City Population by Age

Morehead City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All4,9611.948.351.7
Non Family2,5721.1232.667.4
Married1,5882.838119
Female6562.6733.466.6
Male1452.1735.964.1
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2.69

Average Family Size

1.9

Average Household Size

48.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Morehead City Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Morehead City Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Morehead City Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 56%.

Morehead City Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$37,080

Average Earnings

$42,399

Average Male

$31,385

Average Female

Morehead City Earnings by Educational Attainment

Morehead City Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Morehead City Language

92.48% of Morehead City residents speak only English, while 7.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.58% of the population.

Morehead City Language

Morehead City Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White7,59692012.11%
Multiple70927638.93%
Black62721434.13%
Hispanic6769013.31%
Other190168.42%
Native6583.33%
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15.36%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.97%

Male Poverty Rate

20.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Morehead City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Morehead City is Native, with 83.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Morehead City is Other, with 8.42% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.48%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.3%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.24%.

Morehead City Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.18%
High School23.3%
Some College7.26%
Bachelors or Greater6.09%
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Morehead City Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed47.22%
Male Unemployed18.95%
Female Employed15.29%
Male Employed2%
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Morehead City Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Morehead City Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Morehead City Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.4%

Male Marriage Rate

39.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Morehead City Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Morehead City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Morehead City Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Morehead City Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

805

Number of Veterans

606

Male Veterans

199

Female Veterans

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Morehead City Veterans by War

count

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Morehead City Veterans by Age

count

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Morehead City Veterans by Race

Morehead City Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

16.2%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Morehead City Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

57.4%

Labor Force Participation

53.9%

Employment Rate

3.7%

Unemployment Rate

Morehead City Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Morehead City Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Morehead City Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

54.45%

Born in Morehead City

96.5%

Native Born

3.5%

Foreign Born

1.8%

Non Citizen

1.7%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.5% of Morehead City residents were born in the United States, with 54.45% having been born in North Carolina. 1.8% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Morehead City Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202910,8721451.35%
202810,7271451.37%
202710,5821451.39%
202610,4371451.41%
202510,2921451.43%
202410,1471451.45%
202310,0021451.47%
20229,8571451.49%
20219,7121371.43%
20209,575-49-0.51%
20199,624-1-0.01%
20189,6253023.24%
20179,323450.49%
20169,278800.87%
20159,198440.48%
20149,154370.41%
20139,117830.92%
20129,0342192.48%
20118,8151281.47%
20108,68799612.95%
20007,6911,64527.21%
19906,0461,68738.7%
19804,359-874-16.7%
19705,233-350-6.27%
19605,5834398.53%
19505,1441,44939.22%
19403,6952126.09%
19303,48352517.75%
19202,958
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Morehead City Population by Year