Hyde County, NC

Hyde County | About

Carved out of the large Bath County in 1705, Hyde County was initially named Wickham Precinct, named for then Governor John Archdale’s ancestral home near Buckinghamshire, England. In 1712, the county received its first name change, becoming Hyde Precinct, in honor of the current governor and lord proprietor of North Carolina, Edward Hyde. When Bath County was abolished in 1739, the precinct’s name was permanently changed to Hyde County.

Since its establishment, no county in North Carolina has experienced more boundary shifts than Hyde County….By 1870, the county’s boundaries were reduced to present day dimensions when its northeastern part was amalgamated with portions of Currituck and Tyrrell Counties to form the newly established Dare County.

The county contains nine townships and cities, with its county seat located at Swan Quarter. The eight other townships or cities are Engelhard, Fairfield, Germantown, Last Chance, Nebraska, Ocracoke, Scranton, and Stumpy Point.

Hyde County is known for its preservation of national wildlife refuges. There are four refuges located in Hyde County (Alligator River, Mattamuskeet, Pocosin Lakes, and Swan Quarter), while part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is contained within the county’s boundaries.

  • Population: 5,224 (2006)- 5,476 (2016)
  • Some College- 22.4%
  • Associate’s Degree- 8.4%
  • Bachelor’s-6.5%
  • Higher than Bachelor’s Degree- 2.2%
  • Unemployed- 3.1%(2006)- 8.5% (2016)
  • Number of People enrolled in UNC System School-62
  • Public High school seniors applying to UNC System Schools-21

(sources:https://northcarolinahistory.org, https://www.wikipedia.org, )

Educational Resources

East Carolina University (ECU), Beaufort County Community College (BCCC), and Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) are the three public higher education resources closest to Hyde County, North Carolina.

They provide many options and support pathways to a variety of careers from skilled technical opportunities, to healthcare to business and beyond.

Career Curriculum Examples from BCCC

Business Administration: The Business Administration curriculum is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of the free enterprise system. Students will be provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions, processes, and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy. Course work includes business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management, and marketing. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions, and large to small business or industry. Visit the website to learn more.

BCCC also offers a Small Business Center. The Mission of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention. Visit the website to learn more.

Videos From Hyde County Higher Education Resources

David Loope, Early College at BCCC

Freshmen high school students can start taking college-level courses and then graduate in 5 years with both a high school diploma and an associates degree.  Beaufort County Community College President David Loope explains the BCCC early college program.

Dr. Regis Gilman: ECU Online

East Carolina University  offers 1,000 online courses, 16 undergraduate majors, 40 graduate majors and 56 graduate certificates online.  Dr. Regis Gilman, Executive Director, Continuing Studies, explains how the ECU online program is perfect for Hyde County residents who work during the day.

Affordable Higher Education at BCCC

Beaufort County Community College President David Loope explains that BCCC has several scholarships and other financial services available for Hyde County residents.  The financial support offered enables students to earn credentials that lead to well-paying jobs without incurring a significant financial hardship.

Elizabeth City State University – An Economic Development Opportunity

Former ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway believed that ECSU started as an economic development necessity in Northeastern North Carolina – and it remains so today.

East Carolina Offers High Return to Taxpayers

ECU explains that the North Carolina taxpayer gets a great return from investing in the school.  They are proud of their history of supporting graduates across North Carolina, especially in rural and underserved counties like Hyde.

David Loope, Beaufort’s Four Aspirations

David Loope, President of Beaufort County Community College describes four steps to raising social and economic mobility in Hyde County:
1. Break the cycle of poverty.
2. Grow the middle class.
3. Reduce dependence on external aid.
4. Improve the residents’ quality of life.

Hyde County Jobs

Please explore a few examples of currently available well-paying Hyde County jobs require some postsecondary education.

Education: School Social Worker (Hyde County Schools, Swanquarter, NC)

Job Qualification

  • Must hold or be eligible to hold a NC Professional Educator’s License in the area of School Social Worker.
  • $500 sign on bonus, 1.5% annual supplement.


Education: High School Mathematics Teacher (Hyde County Schools, Swanquarter, NC)

Job Qualification

  • Must hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Professional Educator’s License in Secondary Mathematics (grades 9-12).
  • $500 sign on bonus, 1.5% annual supplement.

Accounting Technician IV (County of Hyde; Hyde County, NC)

Job Qualification

  • Average Salary: $41,939
  • Courses to take at BCCC: Business Administration – Visit the website

Support Resources

Want to go earn your higher education credentials and get a better paying job, but need additional support to make it happen?  Below are examples of Hyde County resources that may be able to help.

Transportation - Hyde County Transit

“Transit Services are available to ALL citizens. They are affordable, too. The most expensive outing is a round trip to Greenville that costs $5. Other than that, an in-county ride will cost no more than $2.10. 

To schedule a ride with Hyde County Transit, please call (252) 926-1637. The hearing impaired may call the Telecommunications Relay Service TDD 1-800-735-2962 or Voice 1-877-735-8262.”

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Ocracoke Pre-K

A five-star childcare center in Ocracoke NC.   The center is located at:  1 Schoolhouse Road, Ocracoke NC 27960.  Subsidised childcare options may be available.  We do not have a website for this center, but found this phone number online: (252) 926-1098


Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Beaufort County Community College has a foundation that helps students with scholarships and other financial aid.  “The BCCC Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization established in 1984 to provide community-based support for the college in achieving its educational and workforce development goals. Through the Foundation, generous donors provide support for scholarships, institutional programs, faculty and staff development and facility improvements.”

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Financial Aid - General

Beaufort County Community College also provides help with accessing Pell Grants, other federal aid, childcare assistance and more.

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Please explore the following testimonials from Hyde County residents:

Marshall Betts of Hyde County Shares Here Vision

Marshall Betts gets up early to cummute to Beaufort County Community College from Hyde County.  In this video she talks about how she hopes Early College at BCCC will give her a head start on her ambition to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and become an emergency-room physician.

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