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"Sailing Capital of North Carolina"
Oriental is a town in Pamlico County, in the New Bern metro area.
The community was named for the ship Oriental, which sank near here in 1862
The latitude of Oriental is 35.030N. The longitude is -76.693W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 10 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 831.
The town, a busy port in the early 1900s, sagged after the depression. Sailing buffs discovered the area in the 1960s, bringing a resurgence
Sections below provide additional information and links about Oriental demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Pamlico County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 28571 ZIP code.
20% of Oriental residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Oriental ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Oriental was $25,949, compared with $21,587 nationally.
35% of Oriental residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Oriental, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $444. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,067.
Newspapers in Oriental include Pamlico News
Pamlico County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Oriental political report.
The average commute time for Oriental workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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