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Manns Harbor, North Carolina

Coordinates: 35°53′09″N 75°45′46″W / 35.88583°N 75.76278°W / 35.88583; -75.76278
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Manns Harbor, North Carolina
Methodist church
Methodist church
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Coordinates: 35°53′09″N 75°45′46″W / 35.88583°N 75.76278°W / 35.88583; -75.76278
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyDare County
Named forCharles Mann[1]
 • Total4.01 sq mi (10.39 km2)
 • Land3.99 sq mi (10.34 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
5 ft (2 m)
 • Total790
 • Density197.90/sq mi (76.40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code252
GNIS feature ID989288[3]
FIPS code37-40980

Manns Harbor is a census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 821.[4]



Before the first settlers arrived in the vicinity of Manns Harbor, the Native American village Dasamongueponke existed on or close to the site.

Located east of the intersection of U.S. Routes 64 and 264, it is nestled along the western bank of Croatan Sound. Before 1957, Manns Harbor used to harbor a ferry that traversed the sound and provided access to Roanoke Island. Today, the William B. Umstead Bridge (completed in 1957) and the four-lane Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge (completed in 2002) link Manns Harbor on the mainland to Manteo on Roanoke Island. The community provides a gateway to North Carolina's Outer Banks.[5]

The residents of Manns Harbor are governed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners. Manns Harbor is part of District 1, along with Manteo, Roanoke Island, and Wanchese.

In 2013, local resident, Harry C. Mann, was indicted for nearly $334,000 in kickbacks from Chowan County metal recycling companies and others over six years to scrap metal and equipment from the range. Military aircraft use the nearby Dare County Bombing Range on mainland Dare County off U.S. 264 south of Manns Harbor for target practice.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census

Manns Harbor racial composition[8]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 627 79.37%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 9 1.14%
Native American 4 0.51%
Asian 3 0.38%
Other/Mixed 41 5.19%
Hispanic or Latino 106 13.42%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 790 people, 311 households, and 255 families residing in the CDP.



The Hyde County Airport and Dare County Regional Airport are the closest airports.



Residents are zoned to Dare County Schools. Zoned schools include Manteo Elementary School, Manteo Middle School, and Manteo High School.[9]


  1. ^ "North Carolina Gazetteer". Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Manns Harbor, North Carolina
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Manns Harbor CDP, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "Croatan Sound Bridge, Manteo, NC - Road Traffic Technology". Retrieved 2011-02-11.
  6. ^ "Former bombing range manager faces new charges". Stars and Stripes. 2014-07-16. Retrieved 2022-08-19.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-21.
  9. ^ "Attendance Zone Information". Dare County Schools. Retrieved 2021-04-12.