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Sunset Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Sunset Beach had a population of 4,058 as of July 1, 2016. Sunset Beach ranks in 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 Sunset Beach is located at latitude 33.8948 and longitude -78.505 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Sunset Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0.79 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 0 feet.

The Town of Sunset Beach (GNIS ID: 2406693) 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 Sunset Beach is located within Township of Shallotte, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.

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


Total Population 4,058
Population in Households 4,058
Population in Familes 3,262
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 619
Diversity Index2 20


Total Households 2,100
Average Household Size 1.93
Family Households 1,429
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 5,833 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,746 (29.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 353 ( 6.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,733 (64.0%)
Median Home Value $292,292
Average Home Value $315,607


Median Household Income $56,431
Average Household Income $81,336
Per Capita Income $41,132
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.06% 2.33%
Households 1.86% 2.19%
Families 1.35% 2.07%
Median Household Income   1.56%
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.

Sunset Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sunset 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 # 188 75th
Population Density1 # 398 46th
Diversity Index2 # 632 15th
Median Household Income # 101 86th
Per Capita Income # 28 96th

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