Dare County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Dare County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2020, there were 36,915 people living there.[1] Its county seat is Manteo, North Carolina.[2] It is named after Virginia Dare. Virginia Dare was the first English child born in the Americas. She was born in the Roanoke Colony, in what is now Dare County. Buffalo City, in Dare County, was once the biggest community in the country. (Today, Buffalo City is abandoned.)[3] Dare County is the largest county in North Carolina.

Dare County
Dare County Administration Building
Dare County Administration Building
Land of Beginnings
"Caring for our Community: A Nurturing Place Where We All Can Live and Grow."
Map of North Carolina highlighting Dare County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°36′23″N 75°46′03″W / 35.606269°N 75.767536°W / 35.606269; -75.767536
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forVirginia Dare
Largest townKill Devil Hills
 • Total1,541.74 sq mi (3,993.1 km2)
 • Land383.23 sq mi (992.6 km2)
 • Water1,158.51 sq mi (3,000.5 km2)  75.14%
 • Total36,915
 • Density96.33/sq mi (37.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd


  1. "QuickFacts: Dare County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. Degregory, Lane (1994-10-02). "Buffalo City". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2008-05-06.