A Message for our Business Community

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, businesses, and associates very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our local economy.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will practice social distancing. We have temporarily closed the Commerce Development Center to walk-in traffic to protect and care for those who work with us and the public.
We will miss meeting with you in person, but we're still available via phone and email where service remains uninterrupted. You can also find us on our social media channels.
We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in an effort to provide timely resources and information as it becomes available and continue to support our business community.

The Crystal Coast Region

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Come and be a part of the award-winning Crystal Coast! Located on the central coast of North Carolina, the Crystal Coasts boasts:

  • The South’s Best Small Town 2019 — Beaufort — voted #1 by Southern Living magazine
  • The Carteret County Public School System — among the best performing schools in North Carolina, ranked 2nd in 2018 for SAT and ACT scores
  • Carteret Health Care — one of the highest ranked hospitals in NC and recognized as a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital in the U.S.
  • The Best Beach in NC 2018 — Emerald Isle — voted #1 by USA Today
  • One of the South’s Best Pubs 2019 — The Backstreet Pub in Beaufort — voted #3 by Southern Living magazine

Do Life Here


Whether you work at a business or remotely, the Crystal Coast is the place to be.


Beautiful scenery, low taxes, great schools, affordable housing, unique entertainment …

enjoy life!


Outstanding health care and endless opportunities. Relax, volunteer, find a new hobby or work at your leisure.

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Why Relocate Here?

Superior Location. Superior Value. Superior Lifestyle.

  • Lowest county property tax rate in NC
  • Among the top ranked school districts in NC
  • Nationally ranked healthcare system and hospital
  • Easy access to Research Triangle Park
  • Local marine science campuses of the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University
  • Close proximity to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune
  • Year-round lifestyle with four seasons of activity
  • No long traffic commutes
  • Technology to support working remotely
  • Lower cost of living than urban regions
  • Beautiful scenery and unique outdoor recreation and entertainment options
  • Proximate to Raleigh-Durham International Airport and quick access to multiple regional airports

Thousands Treasure Their Crystal Coast Home!

Thousands have made the switch to lifestyle living and working on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.
You should experience living in North Carolina’s Gem

Travis Burt

Travis Burt, Co-Founder and Partner, Transportation Impact: “Being located in a beautiful vacation destination has allowed us to recruit employees from all over the country.”

Joan Lamson

Joan Lamson, Retiree: “My husband and I fell in love with Carteret County as we drove through here on our way home from a vacation on the island of Ocracoke in 1982, and it wasn't long before I was writing down contact information for real estate.”

Kyle Rusthoven

Kyle Rusthoven, Radiation Oncologist, Carteret Health Care: “The move to Morehead City turned out to be a great decision for our family and my practice, Eastern Radiation Oncology.”

Kelly Pinckard

Kelly J. Pinkard, Owner Estate Accounting Solutions: “When we moved here, I could easily keep my business going. My client base is 100% still in Virginia, and I work remotely out of my home office in Atlantic Beach.”