New Bern, North Carolina is a picturesque and progressive historic community uniquely situated at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent Rivers, thirty-eight miles from the Atlantic Ocean. With a diverse population of approximately 31,291 people and covering 29.84 square miles, New Bern is North Carolina’s premiere historic city where its citizens enjoy a great quality of life and visitors can take a step back in time to explore and experience a culture rich in history and tradition. Founded in 1710 by Baron Christopher de Graffenried of Bern, Switzerland, New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina and the first state capital. In a city rich in history, Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens offers a taste of life in Colonial America. New Bern offers architectural beauty and charm of our four National Register Historic Districts, a historic revitalized downtown, and history through technology and innovation at the NC History Education Center. New Bern is an up and coming venue for the arts and artists. Downtown has many galleries and art studios, live music, active local theatres, festivals, and special events year round. New Bern is adjacent to the Croatan National Fores...t which offers hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. New Bern is conveniently located close to pristine beaches and quaint fishing villages. New Bern continues to mix the historic past with the professionals of the 21st century, creating a delightfully pleasant community in which to work, live and play. In 2013, New Bern underwent a community branding effort. While our logo is symbolic of change, one thing remains the same: there’s no place like New Bern, North Carolina – Everything comes together here.