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James City, North Carolina
Location of James City, North Carolina
Location of James City, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Craven
 • Total 13.9 sq mi (35.9 km2)
 • Land 7.6 sq mi (19.7 km2)
 • Water 6.3 sq mi (16.3 km2)
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total 5,899
 • Density 778/sq mi (300.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 37-34260
GNIS feature ID 1020930

James City is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,899 at the 2010 census. It is part of the New Bern, North Carolina Micropolitan Statistical Area.


James City was developed during the American Civil War when Union forces, occupying nearby New Bern, constructed a resettlement camp for freed slaves on land belonging to Confederate Army Colonel Peter G. Evans. Originally referred to as the Trent River Settlement, by 1865 it had been renamed James City, after its founder, Union Army chaplain Horace James, superintendent of Negro affairs and agent for the Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, and Abandoned Lands.


Neuse River Bridge
Aerial photo of New Bern (center left) and James City (center to lower right). East is up.

James City is located in central Craven County at 35°4′31″N 77°1′36″W / 35.07528°N 77.02667°W / 35.07528; -77.02667 (35.075400, -77.026631), along the west bank of the tidal Neuse River. It is bordered to the north by the city of New Bern, the county seat, across the Trent River, a tributary of the Neuse. To the west are the unincorporated community of Brices Creek, and a more recently annexed portion of New Bern. Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is in the northwestern part of the CDP.

According to the United States Census Bureau, James City has a total area of 13.9 square miles (35.9 km2), of which, 7.6 square miles (19.7 km2) is land and 6.3 square miles (16.3 km2), or 45.34%, is water.


2020 census

James City racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,919 74.07%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 713 13.48%
Native American 8 0.15%
Asian 47 0.89%
Pacific Islander 5 0.09%
Other/Mixed 250 4.73%
Hispanic or Latino 349 6.6%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,291 people, 2,144 households, and 1,475 families residing in the CDP.

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