Regional Maps



PlanIt EAST Regional Map

This map illustrates the nine-county PlanIt EAST region of eastern North Carolina.  Counties: Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Wayne.




Population Change from 1990 to 2000

Which PlanIt EAST counties experienced population growth in the last decade?  This map shows estimated change in population from 2000 to 2010.

Sources: PlanIt EAST, NC OSBM


Population Change from 2000 to 2010

The 2010 Census PlanIt EAST counties experienced population growth from 2000 ranging from 15-29.9% (Duplin, Onslow and Pender), 0-14% (Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Wayne).  Both Jones and Lenoir Counties showed population loss for the decade.

Sources: PlanIt EAST, US Census


Population Change from 2010 to 2011

The state of North Carolina grew by 1.3 percent from 2010 to 2011, but new U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that three of this region’s counties, Carteret, Duplin and Pender grew at twice the state average.  Craven, Onslow, Pamlico and Wayne Counties grew slower than the state and both Jones and Lenoir Counties lost population. Sources: PlanIt EAST, US Census


Population Density 2010

PlanIt EAST densities in the PlanIt EAST region in 2011 overall ranged from 101-250 people per square mile to 251—500 people per square mile.

Sources: PlanIt EAST, U.S. Census


American Migration

Forbes created this interactive map with Internal Revenue Service data for years 2005 to 2010. Click on a county to see the patterns of in and out-migration between other U.S. counties. Select the year in the table above to see the pattern for that year. This migration pattern only reflects persons filing tax returns.


American 2050 Mega Regions

Much is being written about US Mega Regions.  This graphic includes the Piedmont Atlantic Region that runs northeast from Birmingham and Huntsville AL through Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh to a bit north of Rocky Mount NC.  This mapping includes northern Wayne County including Goldsboro in the Mega Region. For further information see


U.S. Megaregions

This Megaregions Map, prepared by Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009 is similar to the American 2050 Mega Regions.   




USDA Food Atlas

This interactive map of counties across the U.S. displays data on food availability, local foods, health and socioeconomic statistics.


NC Volunteer Agricultural Districts

Two important programs to protecting agriculture in North Carolina are the state’s Volunteer Agricultural District and Enhanced Volunteer Agricultural Districts.  Many of the PlanIt EAST counties participate in these programs.


Southern Forests

This website includes information regarding forest features (forest loss, fragmentation and protection) and drivers of change with suburbanization shown as the biggest threat in the PlanIt EAST region.


NC One Naturally

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental and Natural Resources’ NC One Naturally program provides a series of maps on its website.  Click on titles below to download pdf versions of these maps from the NC One Naturally website.  Some of these  maps take a long time to download.


Viable Agricultural Land


Threatened Agricultural Land


Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat Assessment


Open Space and Conservation Lands


Water Services Assessment


Important Forestry Lands Assessment


Threatened Forest Lands Assessment


Water Resources


Generalized Cross Section of North Carolina

Sources: Dr. Richard Spruill Presentation February 2011, USGS


Coastal Plains Hydrology

This figure, a hydrogeologic section through the central Coastal Plain, illustrates both the location of the aquifers used for water resources in the PlanIt EAST region and the line of saltwater intrusion. Sources: Dr. Richard Spruill Presentation February 2011


Castle Hayne Aquifer

This map, developed by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources, illustrates the 2010 average water levels of the Castle Hayne Aquifer.




Regional Transportation Network

This map illustrates the important roadway connections within the PlanIt EAST region. 


Commuting Ratios, 2000

The ratio of persons working in the county to employed residents of the county. A value of one implies zero net commuting; a value greater than one corresponds to net in commuting; less than one, to net out commuting.  Updated information developed from the 2010 Census is expected to be released by NC State Data Center in September 2012


Other Maps


 National Register of Historic Places – Listings in the PlanIt EAST Region

This graphic depicts the locations of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  These sites vary in size, importance but all contribute to the character of this region.  A list of the sites in the nine PlanIt EAST counties can be accessed here.

Member Counties

Click on a county to go to a website

PlanIt East CountiesCarteretCravenDuplinJonesLenoirOnslowPamlicoPenderWayne