New Bern is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 30,070 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, New Bern is the 29th largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, New Bern is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, New Bern is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in New Bern who work in office and administrative support (10.85%), teaching (9.12%), and food service (9.01%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in New Bern, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
New Bern is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In terms of college education, New Bern is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.45% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in New Bern in 2010 was $23,511, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,044 for a family of four. However, New Bern contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
New Bern is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Bern home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Bern residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in New Bern include English, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in New Bern is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.