Overview of Area in Oriental/Pamlico County, NC

Situated on the banks of the Neuse River, Oriental, NC has been beckoning visitors (and sailors) for generations. Population grows in summer sailing season, but has remained in the area of 900 full-year residents for several decades. Many active retirees enjoy first a visit and then a move to this quaint village of small shops, casual restaurants and warm and welcoming atmosphere. This section gives an overview and history of the area as well as information on the demographics and economic situation locally and throughout Pamlico County.

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Being near the water often leaves you begging for perfect weather and in most Southern coastal Carolina towns, that's exactly what you'll find. Being no different from that trend, Pamlico County boasts temperate climates and plenty of sunshine, however, it does retain marked seasonal changes. During the summer months, daytime temperatures reach into the 90s and mainly fluctuate within the 70 - 90 degree range, though they can climb into higher 90s. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average maximum temperature of 89.9 degrees and a 63% humidity index. During the winter months, temperatures tend to be in the 40s but can fluctuate up or down by about 15 degrees. The coldest month is January, with an average minimum temperate of 35.8 degrees. Below zero marks have been reached every so often, but never for long. 

It should be kept in mind that June 1 to November 30 are considered the Atlantic hurricane season, and the North Carolina coast can potentially lie in a storm’s path.

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