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Eastern North Carolina is known for its 300-mile stretch of beautiful sandy beaches that kiss the Atlantic Ocean. The region is also rich in history: It is home to Battleship North Carolina, Cape Hatteras and a half-dozen other lighthouses, and the birthplace of aviation, the Wright Brothers Memorial. The region also features vibrant agricultural, education and health care sectors.


BIGGEST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

  • East Carolina University, Greenville
  • UNC Wilmington
  • UNC Pembroke
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Pitt Community College

ATTRACTIONS

  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Wright Brothers Memorial, the Outer Banks
  • Historic Tryon Palace, New Bern
  • Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington
  • Airlie Gardens, Wilmington
  • 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, Edenton
  • North Carolina Aquariums: Kure Beach, Roanoke Island, Nags Head and Pine Knoll Shores
  • Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach
  • N.C. Maritime Museums: Beaufort, Hatteras, Southport

INDUSTRIES

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Marine trades
  • Metalworking
  • Textiles
  • Tourism

REGION FOCUS

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Comunity Cluse-Up: Cumberland County
Community Close-Up: Coastal North Carolina

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