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Dare County is the easternmost county in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 33,920. Its county
seat is Manteo. The county is named after Virginia Dare, the first child born in the Americas to English parents, who was born in what is now
Dare County is included in the Kill Devil Hills, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.
It was named in honor of Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in America.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Dare was formed in 1870 from Currituck, Tyrrell, and Hyde. It was named in honor of Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in America. It is in the eastern section of the State, and is bounded by Pamlico, Croatan and Albemarle Sounds, Hyde and Tyrrell counties (and on the banks by the Atlantic Ocean) . The present land area is 383.58 square miles and the 2000 population was 29,967. Manteo, named in honor of an Indian Chief, is the county seat.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,563 square miles (4,050 km2), of which 383 square miles (990 km2) is
land and 1,179 square miles (3,050 km2) (75%) is water. It is the largest county in North Carolina by area.
Dare County includes the middle part of the Outer Banks and contains Roanoke Island.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Public education is run by Dare County Schools: