Holden Beach, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Holden Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Holden Beach had a population of 625 as of July 1, 2016. Holden Beach ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Holden Beach is located at latitude 33.912 and longitude -78.3208 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Holden Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0.71 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Town of Holden Beach (GNIS ID: 2405849) 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 Holden Beach is located within Township of Lockwoods Folly, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Holden Beach 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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Holden Beach, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 625
Population in Households 625
Population in Familes 504
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 231
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 318
Average Household Size 1.97
Family Households 217
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 2,556 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 262 (10.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 56 ( 2.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,238 (87.6%)
Median Home Value $604,167
Average Home Value $628,626


Median Household Income $64,148
Average Household Income $101,502
Per Capita Income $51,644
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.34% 1.7%
Households 1.15% 1.58%
Families 0.99% 1.43%
Median Household Income   0.71%
Per Capita Income   1.76%
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.

Holden Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Holden Beach 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 # 521 30th
Population Density1 # 623 16th
Diversity Index2 # 710 4th
Median Household Income # 65 91st
Per Capita Income # 9 99th

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