New Bern, North Carolina Population 2024

31,533

New Bern is a city located in Craven County North Carolina. New Bern has a 2024 population of 31,533. It is also the county seat of Craven County.New Bern is currently declining at a rate of -0.01% annually but its population has increased by 0.79% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,286 in 2020.

The average household income in New Bern is $77,980 with a poverty rate of 16.54%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in New Bern is 40.4 years, 37.8 years for males, and 41.4 years for females.

New Bern Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of New Bern was:

  • White: 56.01%
  • Black or African American: 30.77%
  • Asian: 5.1%
  • Two or more races: 4.85%
  • Other race: 2.73%
  • Native American: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
28.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,115.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.79% (247)
The current population of New Bern, North Carolina is 31,533 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 31,286.

New Bern, North Carolina Population 2024

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New Bern Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White17,57156.01%
Black or African American9,65330.77%
Asian1,5995.1%
Two or more races1,5224.85%
Other race8552.73%
Native American1730.55%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Asian

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

New Bern Population by Race

New Bern Population Pyramid 2024

New Bern Median Age

40.4

Total

37.8

Male

41.4

Female

New Bern Adults

There are 24,199 adults, (7,328 of whom are seniors) in New Bern.

New Bern Age Dependency

86

Age Dependency Ratio

43.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.5

Child Dependency Ratio

New Bern Sex Ratio

Female16,68853.19%
Male14,68546.81%

New Bern Population by Age

New Bern Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All14,1822.1858.441.6
Non Family5,9701.1447.952.1
Married5,7802.8179.920.1
Female1,7453.2229.170.9
Male6873.2942.457.6
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2.86

Average Family Size

2.18

Average Household Size

58.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

New Bern 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

New Bern Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

New Bern Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 38.4%.

New Bern Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$35,745

Average Earnings

$42,628

Average Male

$30,797

Average Female

New Bern Earnings by Educational Attainment

New Bern Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

New Bern Language

89.47% of New Bern residents speak only English, while 10.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5% of the population.

New Bern Language

New Bern Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black9,4182,61527.77%
White16,6831,67810.06%
Hispanic1,97433016.72%
Asian1,59930318.95%
Multiple1,52229219.19%
Native1737744.51%
Other85520.23%
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16.54%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.62%

Male Poverty Rate

19.1%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in New Bern

The race most likely to be in poverty in New Bern is Native, with 44.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in New Bern is Other, with 0.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.22%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.35%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.7%.

New Bern Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.1%
High School20.91%
Some College10.29%
Bachelors or Greater7.01%
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New Bern Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed75.67%
Male Unemployed39.49%
Female Employed10.43%
Male Employed7.05%
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New Bern Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

New Bern Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

New Bern Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.7%

Male Marriage Rate

41.8%

Female Marriage Rate

New Bern Married by Age and Sex

male

female

New Bern Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

New Bern Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

New Bern Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,439

Number of Veterans

2,909

Male Veterans

530

Female Veterans

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New Bern Veterans by War

count

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New Bern Veterans by Age

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New Bern Veterans by Race

New Bern Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.28%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

New Bern Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

59.5%

Labor Force Participation

55.3%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

New Bern Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

New Bern Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

New Bern 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

47.02%

Born in New Bern

94.61%

Native Born

5.39%

Foreign Born

2.63%

Non Citizen

2.76%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.61% of New Bern residents were born in the United States, with 47.02% having been born in North Carolina. 2.63% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

New Bern Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202931,518-3-0.01%
202831,521-3-0.01%
202731,524-3-0.01%
202631,527-3-0.01%
202531,530-3-0.01%
202431,533-3-0.01%
202331,536-3-0.01%
202231,539-3-0.01%
202131,5422560.82%
202031,2861,2634.21%
201930,023-75-0.25%
201830,0981360.45%
201729,962100.03%
201629,9521660.56%
201529,786-260-0.87%
201430,0461440.48%
201329,902-210-0.7%
201230,1121150.38%
201129,9974921.67%
201029,5056,37727.57%
200023,1285,76533.2%
199017,3632,80619.28%
198014,557-103-0.7%
197014,660-1,057-6.73%
196015,717-95-0.6%
195015,8123,99733.83%
194011,815-166-1.39%
193011,981-217-1.78%
192012,1982,23722.46%
19109,9618719.58%
19009,0901,24715.9%
18907,8431,40021.73%
18806,44359410.16%
18705,8494177.68%
18605,43275116.04%
18504,68199126.86%
18403,690-106-2.79%
18303,7961333.63%
18203,663
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New Bern Population by Year