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Havelock, North Carolina
Gateway to Cherry Point
Location of Havelock, North Carolina
Location of Havelock, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Craven
 • Total 18.14 sq mi (46.99 km2)
 • Land 17.08 sq mi (44.23 km2)
 • Water 1.07 sq mi (2.77 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Total 20,735
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,162.68/sq mi (448.90/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-30120
GNIS feature ID 1020637

Havelock is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 20,735 at the 2010 census. The city is home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, the world's largest Marine Corps air station, and home to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Havelock is part of the New Bern Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Havelock is one of eight cities in the world named after Sir Henry Havelock, a British officer in India, who distinguished himself in 1857 during what was known as the Indian Mutiny. The area was originally named "Havelock Station" in the late 1850s, when the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad built a depot where its right-of-way crossed what is now Miller Boulevard.

The town was the initial landing point for a Civil War battle known as the Battle of New Bern. On March 11, 1862, Brigadier General Ambrose Burnside's command embarked from Roanoke Island to rendezvous with Union gunboats at Hatteras Inlet for an expedition against New Bern. On March 13, the fleet sailed up the Neuse River, anchored at Slocum Creek, and disembarked infantry on the river's south bank. Elements of the Rhode Island Heavy Artillery came ashore near the present-day location of the Officers' Club on Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station and also near the Carolina Pines Golf and Country Club. The Federals captured nine forts and 41 heavy guns and occupied a base. The Federals transited Havelock from New Bern on their way to the Battle of Fort Macon. Despite several Confederate attempts to reclaim the town and the surrounding area, the Federals did not withdraw until after the end of the war.

Existing records indicate that the production of naval supplies including turpentine and tar were very important in the local economy during the 19th century. With the invention of the steam engine, the demand for tar and turpentine slowly evaporated as fewer wooden ships were constructed. Many distillers of turpentine turned to the production of moonshine to make ends meet.

In 1940, Havelock became the home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) located on the air station provides employment opportunities for local residents. In 1959 the town was officially established.

Jimmy Sanders served as the mayor of the city from 1987 until the election of former city commissioner William L. Lewis, Jr. in 2013 by a vote of 624-319.


Havelock is located in southern Craven County at 34°52′58″N 76°54′33″W / 34.88278°N 76.90917°W / 34.88278; -76.90917 (34.882736, -76.909230). The city limits encompass most of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and extend as far north as the tidal Neuse River. Slocum Creek is a tidal inlet that extends south from the Neuse as far as the center of Havelock.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.6 square miles (45.7 km2), of which 16.8 square miles (43.6 km2) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), or 4.56%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,433
1970 3,012 23.8%
1980 17,718 488.2%
1990 20,268 14.4%
2000 22,442 10.7%
2010 20,735 −7.6%
2019 (est.) 19,854 −4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Havelock racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 9,465 56.95%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,787 16.77%
Native American 66 0.4%
Asian 522 3.14%
Pacific Islander 88 0.53%
Other/Mixed 1,288 7.75%
Hispanic or Latino 2,405 14.47%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,621 people, 6,187 households, and 4,553 families residing in the city.

2010 census

At the 2010 United States Census there were 20,735 people, 6,409 households, and 5,073 families living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 70.0% White (64.0% Non-Hispanic White), 0.7% Native American, 17.4% African American, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 4.0% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.6% of the population.


Havelock's main highway is U.S. 70, which runs west to east through the center of town. There is also N.C. 101 (Fontana Boulevard) from which two entrances to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point are located. A U.S. 70 bypass around the city is scheduled to begin construction in 2015. New Bern, the Craven County seat, is 19 miles (31 km) to the northwest via U.S. 70, while Morehead City, gateway to the Crystal Coast beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, is 17 miles (27 km) to the southeast.

Building on a landfill

The city of Havelock began building out in the 1960s and 1970s. Some homes in the town were built over a landfill in the 1970s, which land at that time was still owned by Craven County and not by Havelock. It appears that the old landfill was last used in the 1940s and 1950s. However, many houses appear to be sinking.

The North Carolina Division of Waste Management said in a statement, "We are investigating the site to determine the nature and extent of the waste and any health risks due to the presence of metals on-site. Through preliminary soil testing, we have determined the presence of metals in the soils, but those levels are not considered to be an immediate health risk to people living in the community."



  • Craven Community College

High school

  • Havelock High School
  • Early College EAST High School

Middle schools

  • Havelock Middle School
  • Tucker Creek Middle School

Elementary schools

  • Havelock Elementary School
  • Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School (Formally known as West Havelock Elementary)
  • Graham A. Barden Elementary School
  • Roger R. Bell Elementary School
  • W. Jesse Gurganus Elementary School

Private schools

  • Gramercy
  • Annunciation Catholic School (1956)

Notable people

See also

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