Carteret County, NC Demographics

The total population of Carteret County is estimated to be 68,353 with 33,661 males (49.25%) and 34,692 females (50.75%). There are 1,031 more females than males in Carteret County.
The median household income in Carteret County was $66,806 in 2021, which marked an an increase of 1,230(1.88%) from $65,576 in 2020. This income is 89.55% of the U.S. median household income of $74,606 (all incomes in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars).
Per the latest American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, Carteret County sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of 45 to 64 years old, at $87,341. Overall, the median household income for the county of Carteret County stands at $66,799.
In Carteret County, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $42,685 for males and $29,600 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $54,063 for males and $45,889 for females.
In Carteret County, the demographic landscape is diverse, spanning 4 distinct racial categories among households. Among these, Two or More Races households have the highest median household income at $105,958, while Black or African American households represent the opposite end with the lowest median household income of $24,503.
In 2022, the population of Carteret County was 69,380, a 0.96% increase year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, Carteret County's population was 68,718, an increase of 1.47% compared to a population of 67,724 in 2020.
The median age in Carteret County, NC is 49.4, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 14.15% were under the age of 15, 14.35% aged 15 to 29, 46.35% aged 30 to 64, 22.77% aged 65 to 84, and 2.38% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of Carteret County population: 88.50% are White, 4.45% are Black or African American, 0.34% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.29% are Asian, 0.05% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 1.11% are some other race and 4.27% are multiracial.