Hatteras, North Carolina

Hatteras, North Carolina
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°13′10″N 75°41′25″W / 35.21944°N 75.69028°W / 35.21944; -75.69028Coordinates: 35°13′10″N 75°41′25″W / 35.21944°N 75.69028°W / 35.21944; -75.69028
CountryUnited States of America
StateNorth Carolina
Named forHatteras Indians
 • Total1.68 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Land1.58 sq mi (4.08 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
Elevation3 ft (0.9 m)
 • Total504
 • Density320/sq mi (123.6/km2)
ZIP code

Hatteras is an unincorporated village and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on the Outer Banks island of Hatteras, at its extreme southwestern tip. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 504.[1] Immediately to the west of the village of Hatteras is Hatteras Inlet which separates Hatteras Island from the neighboring Ocracoke Island. North Carolina Highway 12 passes through the community linking it to Frisco to the east and Ocracoke to the west (via a ferry across Hatteras Inlet).

The residents of Hatteras are governed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners. Hatteras is part of District 4, along with Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.

Attractions and recreation

Hatteras is best known as a fishing and vacation destination.

Watersports are plentiful on both the ocean-side and the sound-side of the village. Proximity to the convergence of the Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream result in the largest surf available on the East Coast. On the protected Pamlico Sound side of the island watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and swimming are all readily available and accessible.

Fishing is a major source of recreation as well as revenue in Hatteras.

Pamlico Sound, which separates Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, is one of the largest estuarine systems in the world and offers a variety of fishing opportunities.[2]



Hatteras was named after the Hatteras Indians.[4]

Hatteras Village was cut off from the rest of the island on September 18, 2003,[5] when Hurricane Isabel washed a 3,000-foot-wide (910 m) and 30-foot-deep (9.1 m) channel called Isabel Inlet at the north end of Hatteras village. The tear was subsequently repaired and restored by sand dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers.[6]

The Ellsworth and Lovie Ballance House and Hatteras Weather Bureau Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

Public services

Residents of Hatteras are served by the Cape Hatteras Elementary and Secondary School located on NC 12 in Buxton.[8] Hatteras is served by Billy Mitchell Airport



  1. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Hatteras CDP, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Bill Blue, ed. (Summer 2007). "Fishing: Hatteras and Ocracoke Style, Sunny Day Guide". Surfside East. pp. 34, 63–65.
  3. ^ "NOAA 1981-2010 Climate Normals". University of Washington. Retrieved 2016-12-21.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 152.
  5. ^ "AFTER THE STORM: THE SCENE; Fickle Isabel Devastates Parts of Hatteras", in The New York Times, September 20, 2003. Retrieved May 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Hatteras Village, "N.C., Breach Cut by Hurricane Isabel Is Filled with Sand," in The News & Observer, November 4, 2003. Retrieved May 8, 2008. Archived June 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. ^ Dare County Schools Website Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine

External links

Preceded by
Beaches of The Outer Banks Succeeded by
Hatteras Inlet Peninsula

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