Carteret County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Sir George Carteret|
|Largest town||Morehead City|
|• County Manager||Tommy Burns|
|• Total||1,341 sq mi (3,470 km2)|
|• Land||506 sq mi (1,310 km2)|
|• Water||834 sq mi (2,160 km2) 62%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||131/sq mi (51/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Carteret County is located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 66,469. Its county seat is Beaufort. The county was created in 1722 as Carteret Precinct and gained county status in 1739. It was named for Sir George Carteret, one of the 17th century English Lords Proprietor, or for his descendant and heir John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville.
Carteret County comprises the Morehead City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the New Bern-Morehead City, NC Combined Statistical Area. Most of the county is part of the Crystal Coast.