Community Profile

It’s 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 a live theater performance in the evening. It’s even more rare to be able to do those things in a county with a population of approximately 100,000 people. Anything is 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 schedule of annual festivals and community events.

New Bern

The county seat, New Bern, is the state’s second oldest city having been settled by the Swiss in 1710. Situated in Craven County North Carolina Health Preservation Innovation and the confluence of two mighty rivers, the Trent and the Neuse, New Bern is home to a vibrant, revitalized downtown filled with quaint shops, beautiful galleries, local restaurants, an abundance outdoor activities as well as the Craven County Industrial Park. With a population of 30,291, New Bern is a small town with a big-city spirit. Check out this New Bern video for more information.


Midway between historic New Bern and the beaches of the Crystal Coast, Havelock is proud to be home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point at 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.


The town of Vanceboro covers approximately 1,176 acres in Craven County and has a modest population of approximately 1,020. Vanceboro is a community built on small-town values and has preserved its vast farmland opportunities. With proximity to both New Bern and Greenville, it provides access to quality healthcare at ECU Health and CarolinaEast.

Craven County offers the following benefits to industrial companies and corporate enterprises:

  • Diverse economy
  • Regional Commercial Airport
  • Foreign Trade Zone #214, Magnet Site
  • Close proximity to Raleigh, NC and Wilmington, NC
  • Easy port access from Morehead City, NC

Residents can also enjoy an array of benefits, including opportunities for:

  • A growing workforce that includes a variety of positions in the healthcare, industrial, professional and hospitality markets
  • Access to hassle-free travel opportunities via air, water, or automobile
  • Short day trips to larger cities for additional shopping, dining and sporting activities
  • Lower cost of living to enjoy a multitude of desirable amenities