August 29th, 2012 by Danny Fenyak
is located in northeastern North Carolina along the Atlantic seaboard. Dare County stretches along almost 110 miles of shoreline known as the Outer Banks. The County seat at Manteo is approximately 200 miles east of Raleigh, the State capital, and 90 miles south of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk, Virginia, metropolitan area.
Dare County was formed in 1870 and is named in honor of Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in America. The County contains much of what is known as North Carolina’s “Outer Banks” resort and vacation areas and contains approximately two-thirds of the North Carolina coastline. It is the host to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Monument, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the Elizabeth II State Historic Site, the Roanoke Island Festival Park, the North Carolina Aquarium and the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve.
Dare County has a permanent population of approximately 33,920. However, the county’s tourism industry results in a large seasonal population with an average daily population from June through August estimated to be approximately 225,000 to 300,000.
Six municipalities are located within the county: Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head and Southern Shores. The County has a Commissioner / Manager form of Government. The seven members of the Board of Commissioners serve staggered four-year terms.
Currituck County –
Between the Hampton Roads, Virginia metropolitan area and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Currituck County is an ideal place to own a business and raise a family. Our close proximity to culture, commerce and leisure lead to many opportunities for entertainment and employment. Currituck County is one of the fastest growing, yet well-planned communities in North Carolina.
The county is located on a peninsula where recreational opportunities on our waterways abound. Currituck County a true “Sportsman’s Paradise.”