B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$197,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$815
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

Morehead City Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    327
    283
  • Murder
    11
    6
  • Rape
    11
    41
  • Robbery
    42
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    591
    500
  • Theft
    3,398
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    42
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$39,368
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Morehead City Reviews

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It is a very safe and quiet place to live. If you don't like fishing or the beach you would hate it here. Everyone is friendly but not in a lasting friendship way, people stick with their own groups and do not add anyone who isn't family. It can be very lonely to a new comer. Morehead city is very affordable and easy to manage on a fixed income. Lots of animals, no dog parks without paying for them. I love my condo, its quiet and very clean.
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Morehead City is beautiful. It's a small town but now too small, it has everything you need. The waterfront and the sound are like little slices of heaven. It's a paradise just minutes from the beach. Small town shops & bits of historical sites add to its charm. Neighbors and strangers are friendly. It's a wonderful place to raise a family.
I moved to Newport, a small town adjacent to Morehead City. I work and attend college in Morehead City, currently. This is a small town right on the beautiful water known as the Crystal Coast. Here, everyone is willing to help their neighbor. I moved from a tiny town called Pilot Mountain in western North Carolina so the familiarity of this tight nit community is like a piece of home. I'm not much of a partier, but the nightlife here suits me very well. The local restaurants, art venues, and the beach nearby is suitable for not only young singles, but perfect for families as well. I highly recommend my town, a port city with good people and even better values.