Carolina Shores, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Carolina Shores, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Carolina Shores had a population of 3,511 as of July 1, 2016. Carolina Shores ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Carolina Shores is located at latitude 33.9079 and longitude -78.5731 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Carolina Shores (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 46 feet.

The Town of Carolina Shores (GNIS ID: 2405382) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Carolina Shores is located within Township of Shallotte, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Carolina Shores population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Carolina Shores, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,511
Population in Households 3,511
Population in Familes 2,803
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,371
Diversity Index2 18


Total Households 1,764
Average Household Size 1.99
Family Households 1,184
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 2,260 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,531 (67.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 234 (10.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 496 (21.9%)
Median Home Value $213,927
Average Home Value $228,884


Median Household Income $48,982
Average Household Income $57,707
Per Capita Income $28,907
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.29% 2.13%
Households 2.04% 1.96%
Families 1.38% 1.86%
Median Household Income   1.02%
Per Capita Income   1.23%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Carolina Shores, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carolina Shores to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 225 70th
Population Density1 # 110 85th
Diversity Index2 # 660 11th
Median Household Income # 216 71st
Per Capita Income # 132 82nd

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