Community Profile

It is rare to find a place where you can explore both Colonial and Civil War history in the morning, enjoy an outdoor festival in the afternoon and then take in a live theater performance in the evening. More rare still is to be able to do all those things in a county with a population of approximately 100,000 people.
But that is exactly what’s possible in Craven County. History and culture are as prevalent as water in this coastal North Carolina region, from Civil War battlefields and centuries-old architecture to art walks and a full slate of annual festivals.
  • Diverse economy
  • Regional Commercial Airport
  • Foreign Trade Zone #214, Magnet Site
  • Close proximity to Raleigh, NC and Wilmington, NC
  • Just minutes from the Port of Morehead City


Midway between historic New Bern and the beautiful beaches of the Crystal Coast, Havelock is proud to be home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East. A city of 20,328, Havelock is a great place to live and work, blending old fashioned Southern hospitality with cultural diversity.

New Bern

The county seat, New Bern is the state's second oldest city, settled by the Swiss in 1710. Situated on two mighty rivers, New Bern is home to a vibrant, revitalized downtown full of quaint shops, beautiful art galleries, and local restaurants with international flair. With a population of 30,291, New Bern is a small town with big city spirit.