Craven County, North Carolina

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Craven County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The estimated population in 2006 was 94,875.[1] Its county seat is New Bern[1].

Craven County is part of the New Bern, North Carolina, Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Craven County was named for William, Earl of Craven, who lived from 1606-1697. The county was created from the now-extinct Bath County in 1712.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 774 square miles (2,004.7 km2), of which 708 square miles (1,833.7 km2) is land and 66 square miles (170.9 km2) (8.49%) is water.

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Law and government

Craven County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 91,436 people, 34,582 households, and 25,071 families residing in the county. The population density was 129 people per square mile (50/km²). There were 38,150 housing units at an average density of 54 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.94% White, 25.12% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.78% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 4.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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