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Swansboro, North Carolina
NC Swansboro downtown.jpg
"The Friendly City by the Sea"
Location of Swansboro, North Carolina shown in North Carolina
Location of Swansboro, North Carolina shown in North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Onslow
 • Total 2.40 sq mi (6.21 km2)
 • Land 2.25 sq mi (5.83 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
16 ft (5 m)
 • Total 2,663
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,484.90/sq mi (573.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-66360
GNIS feature ID 1022865

Swansboro is a town in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States, located along the Atlantic Ocean. In 2010, the population was 2,663.


Swansboro started as a settlement around the plantation of Theophilus Weeks. In 1783, Swansboro was incorporated as a town, taking its name from Samuel Swann, a Speaker in the North Carolina House of Commons and a resident of Onslow County. In 1818, Otway Burns built the Prometheus, the first river steamboat constructed in North Carolina.

The town, originally spelled Swannsborough, is sometimes called "The Friendly City by the Sea". M.N. Lisk, a popular Swansboro mayor, initiated the annual Mullet Festival, one of the first coastal seafood festivals in North Carolina.

The town is featured as the setting of Nicholas Sparks' novel The Guardian.

The Swansboro Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.


Swansboro is located at 34°41′36″N 77°7′38″W / 34.69333°N 77.12722°W / 34.69333; -77.12722 (34.693327, -77.127327).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (8.96%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 801
1870 141
1880 128 −9.2%
1890 233 82.0%
1900 265 13.7%
1910 390 47.2%
1920 420 7.7%
1930 394 −6.2%
1940 454 15.2%
1950 559 23.1%
1960 1,104 97.5%
1970 1,207 9.3%
1980 976 −19.1%
1990 1,165 19.4%
2000 1,426 22.4%
2010 2,663 86.7%
2019 (est.) 3,344 25.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Swansboro racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,091 82.56%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 121 3.23%
Native American 14 0.37%
Asian 77 2.06%
Pacific Islander 4 0.11%
Other/Mixed 201 5.37%
Hispanic or Latino 236 6.3%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,744 people, 1,360 households, and 755 families residing in the town.


Swansboro sits across the Intracoastal Waterway from Hammocks Beach State Park and is a popular destination for tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and recreational fishermen.

The city has a diverse selection of restaurants (including Yana's Ye Olde Drug Store diner and Icehouse Waterfront) and shopping much of which it located along the Intracoastal Waterway or White Oak River basin. Residents and visitors alike have multiple boating facilities to choose from (including Casper's Marina and Dudley's Marina) and many restaurants allow for boaters to dock outside their establishments.

The Rotary Club of Swansboro is active in the community and regularly hosts events such as the annual King Mackerel Tournament and numerous fundraising gatherings. During the summers, the Seaside Arts Council hosts weekly concerts aptly named "Swan Fest" on Sunday evenings at the Pavilion in Olde Town Square.


  • Queens Creek Elementary School
  • Swansboro Elementary School
  • Swansboro Middle School
  • Swansboro High School

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