The county of Dare is located in and was founded in 1870. There are 33,920 residents in Dare who have access to courthouses in Manteo. In general, each county has a full set of courts, from traffic court to superior and appellate court; supreme courts are usually located in the state capital. is part of the 4th federal circuit court as well.
There are 1,434 residents in Manteo, which is 1.9 square miles and 7ft above sea level.