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Craven County
New Bern City Hall
New Bern City Hall
Official seal of Craven County
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Craven County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1739
Named for William, Earl of Craven
Seat New Bern
Largest city New Bern
Area
 • Total 774 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Land 709 sq mi (1,840 km2)
 • Water 65 sq mi (170 km2)  8.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
100,674
 • Density 142/sq mi (55/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Craven County is located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 100,720. 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 to 1697. Craven County is part of the New Bern, NC, Metropolitan 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

National protected area

  • Croatan National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • US 17
  • US 70
  • NC 41
  • NC 43
  • NC 55
  • NC 101
  • NC 118
  • NC 306

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 10,474
1800 10,245 −2.2%
1810 12,676 23.7%
1820 13,394 5.7%
1830 13,734 2.5%
1840 13,438 −2.2%
1850 14,709 9.5%
1860 16,268 10.6%
1870 20,516 26.1%
1880 19,729 −3.8%
1890 20,533 4.1%
1900 24,160 17.7%
1910 25,594 5.9%
1920 29,048 13.5%
1930 30,665 5.6%
1940 31,298 2.1%
1950 48,823 56.0%
1960 58,773 20.4%
1970 62,554 6.4%
1980 71,043 13.6%
1990 81,613 14.9%
2000 91,436 12.0%
2010 103,505 13.2%
2020 100,720 −2.7%
2021 (est.) 100,674 −2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Craven County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 64,933 64.47%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 19,903 19.76%
Native American 318 0.32%
Asian 3,059 3.04%
Pacific Islander 150 0.15%
Other/Mixed 5,162 5.13%
Hispanic or Latino 7,195 7.14%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 100,720 people, 42,221 households, and 28,502 families residing in the county.

Communities

Map of Craven County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Craven County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

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