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County Information



Some of the cities, towns, and places in Carteret County are Atlantic, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Bettie, Bogue, Broad Creek, Cape Carteret, Cedar Island, Cedar Point, Davis, Emerald Isle, Gales Creek, Gloucester, Harkers Island, Harlowe, Indian Beach, Lola, Marshallberg, Merrimon, Mill Creek, Morehead City, Newport, North River, Ocean, Otway, Peletier, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Sea Gate, Sea Level, Smyrna, Stacy, Stella, Straits, Wildwood, Williston, Wiregrass



Carteret County is located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 66,469. Its county seat is Beaufort. The county was created in 1722 as Carteret Precinct and gained county status in 1739. It was named for Sir George Carteret, one of the 17th century English Lords Proprietor, or for his descendant and heir John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville. Carteret County comprises the Morehead City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the New Bern-Morehead City, NC Combined Statistical Area. Most of the county is part of the Crystal Coast.