New Bern, North Carolina Population 2021

29,962
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New Bern is a city located in Craven County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 29,962, it is the 36th largest city in North Carolina and the 1289th largest city in the United States . New Bern is currently declining at a rate of -0.05% annually but its population has increased by 1.48% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,524 in 2010. New Bern reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 30 miles, New Bern has a population density of 1,059 people per square mile.

The average household income in New Bern is $63,950 with a poverty rate of 18.68%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $859 per month, and the median house value is $155,900. The median age in New Bern is 40.4 years, 36.9 years for males, and 44.3 years for females.

New Bern Demographics

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

  • White: 58.87%
  • Black or African American: 30.43%
  • Asian: 5.93%
  • Other race: 2.83%
  • Two or more races: 1.51%
  • Native American: 0.37%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of New Bern, North Carolina is 29,962 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 29,994.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 29,524.

New Bern, North Carolina Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021123,684-300-0.24%
2020123,984-300-0.24%
2019124,284-300-0.24%
2018124,584-119-0.10%
2017124,703-282-0.23%
2016124,985-386-0.31%
2015125,371-1,407-1.12%
2014126,778-394-0.31%
2013127,172-1,237-0.97%
2012128,4092740.21%
2011128,1357120.56%
2010127,4230.00%

New Bern Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White17,59858.87%
Black or African American9,09730.43%
Asian1,7745.93%
Some Other Race8462.83%
Two or More Races4521.51%
American Indian and Alaska Native1110.37%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander170.06%
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New Bern Population by Race

New Bern Population Pyramid $2021

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New Bern Median Age

40.4


Total

36.9


Male

44.3


Female

New Bern Adults

There are 23,691 adults, (6,520 of whom are seniors) in New Bern.

New Bern Age Dependency

74.1

Age Dependency Ratio

38

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.1

Child Dependency Ratio

New Bern Sex Ratio

Female

15,614

52.23%

Male

14,281

47.77%

New Bern Population by Age

New Bern Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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New Bern Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male28.9%71.1%
Female36.5%63.5%
Non Family40.9%59.1%
All53%47%
Married73.5%26.5%

53.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

New Bern Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,7572.1453
Non Family5,6871.1740.9
Married5,5952.8473.5
Female1,7112.7336.5
Male764328.9

2.76

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

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New Bern Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,4586.78%
9th to 12th Grade1,3786.41%
High School Graduate5,15623.99%
Some College5,19524.17%
Associates Degree2,26010.52%
Bachelors Degree3,76217.51%
Graduate Degree2,28110.61%
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New Bern Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

New Bern Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White13,13912,4624,874
Black5,9235,056746
Hispanic1,329658212
Asian906306157
Other Race5608377
2+ Races939311
Native American906118
Islander1717

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 37.10%.

New Bern Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,805$34,848$27,314
Less Than 9th Grade$21,295$21,769$18,349
High School Graduate$23,288$28,681$20,500
Some College$32,138$35,806$26,799
Bachelors Degree$43,901$71,944$33,676
Graduate Degree$54,007$100,139$44,539

$30,805

Average Earnings

$34,848

Average Male

$27,314

Average Female

New Bern Earnings by Educational Attainment

New Bern Language by Age

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New Bern Language

87.30% of New Bern residents speak only English, while 12.70% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.03% of the population.

New Bern Language

New Bern Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black8,8692,83231.93%
White15,8961,3218.31%
Asian1,77485548.20%
Hispanic2,37344618.79%
Multiple45110423.06%
Other84691.06%

18.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.87%

Male Poverty Rate

18.50%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in New Bern

The race most likely to be in poverty in New Bern is Asian, with 48.20% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in New Bern is Other, with 1.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.85%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.24%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.18%.

New Bern Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.74%
High School18.81%
Some College9.90%
Bachelors or Greater5.02%

New Bern Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed69.32%
Male Unemployed46.19%
Male Employed10.05%
Female Employed7.68%

New Bern Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

New Bern Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,204$63,950
Families$57,547$78,497
Married Families$80,448-
Non Families$28,107$42,141
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Income by Household Type

New Bern Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.4%

Male Marriage Rate

44.9%

Female Marriage Rate

New Bern Married by Age and Sex

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New Bern Marriage

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

New Bern Marital Status by Race

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New Bern Marital Status

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3,179

Number of Veterans

2,919

Male Veterans

260

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,258
Second Gulf War844
First Gulf War574
Korea375
World War II51

New Bern Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74929
75+746
35 to 54682
18 to 34447
55 to 64375

New Bern Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,36916.42%
Black69010.10%
Hispanic1137.53%
Asian797.50%
2+ Races4128.87%

New Bern Veterans by Race

New Bern Veterans by Education

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8.63%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.44%

Veteran Disability Rate

New Bern Veterans by Education

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60.1%

Labor Force Participation

53.2%

Employment Rate

8.1%

Unemployment Rate

New Bern Employment by Age

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New Bern Employment by Race

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New Bern Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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49.57%

Born in New Bern

92.35%

Native Born

7.65%

Foreign Born

4.77%

Non Citizen

2.88%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.35% of New Bern residents were born in the United States, with 49.57% having been born in North Carolina. 4.77% 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: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202129,962-16-0.05%
202029,978-16-0.05%
201929,994-16-0.05%
201830,0101060.35%
201729,904-17-0.06%
201629,9211590.53%
201529,762-269-0.90%
201430,0311330.44%
201329,898-219-0.73%
201230,1171060.35%
201130,0114811.63%
201029,5306,4022.47%
200023,1285,7652.91%
199017,3632,8061.78%
198014,557-103-0.07%
197014,660-1,057-0.69%
196015,717-95-0.06%
195015,8123,9972.96%
194011,815-166-0.14%
193011,981-217-0.18%
192012,1982,2372.05%
19109,9618710.92%
19009,0901,2471.49%
18907,8431,4001.99%
18806,4435940.97%
18705,8494170.74%
18605,4327511.50%
18504,6819912.41%
18403,690-106-0.28%
18303,7961330.36%
18203,6630.00%

New Bern Population by Year