Pine Knoll Shores, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Pine Knoll Shores had a population of 1,554 as of July 1, 2016. Pine Knoll Shores 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 Pine Knoll Shores is located at latitude 34.6972 and longitude -76.8317 in Carteret County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Pine Knoll Shores (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.32 sq. miles. Carteret County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The Town of Pine Knoll Shores (GNIS ID: 2407116) 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 Pine Knoll Shores is located within Township of Morehead, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carteret County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Pine Knoll 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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Pine Knoll Shores, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,554
Population in Households 1,545
Population in Familes 1,277
Population in Group Qrtrs 9
Population Density1 700
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 754
Average Household Size 2.05
Family Households 534
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 2,366 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 663 (28.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 91 ( 3.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,612 (68.1%)
Median Home Value $405,963
Average Home Value $479,638


Median Household Income $60,957
Average Household Income $82,754
Per Capita Income $40,288
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.41% 1.92%
Households 2.33% 1.87%
Families 2.2% 1.77%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   1.94%
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.

Pine Knoll Shores, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pine Knoll 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 # 363 51st
Population Density1 # 360 51st
Diversity Index2 # 706 4th
Median Household Income # 76 90th
Per Capita Income # 32 96th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.