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 a live theater performance in the evening. Even more rare is to be able to do all those things in a county with a population of approximately 100,000 people. However, 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 and community events. 

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New Bern

The County seat, New Bern is the state’s second oldest city, settled by the Swiss in 1710. Situated oCraven County North Carolina Health Preservation Innovation n 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 with international and artisanal flair and lots of outdoor activities. With a population of 30,291, New Bern is a small town with big city spirit. Check out this New Bern video for some insider information. 

Havelock TEC


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.

Whites Farm


The Town of Vanceboro covers approximately 1176 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 it’s vast farmland opportunities. Nestled in between New Bern and Greenville, NC, home to East Carolina University, Brody Medical School and Vidant Healthcare.

Industrial companies and corporate enterprises can benefit from the following:
  • Diverse economy  
  • Regional Commercial Airport
  • Foreign Trade Zone #214, Magnet Site
  • Close proximity to Raleigh, NC and Wilmington, NC
  • Easy access to port at Morehead City, NC
Residents can reap these benefits as well with opportunities for the following:
  • 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