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The Town of Nags Head had a population of 2,989 as of July 1, 2016. Nags Head 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 Nags Head is located at latitude 35.9475 and longitude -75.6257 in Dare County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Nags Head (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Dare County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Town of Nags Head (GNIS ID: 2406223) 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 Nags Head is located within Township of Nags Head, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dare County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Nags Head: Nag's Head.

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Nags Head, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,989
Population in Households 2,919
Population in Familes 2,128
Population in Group Qrtrs 70
Population Density1 454
Diversity Index2 18


Total Households 1,330
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 798
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,429 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 872 (16.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 457 ( 8.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,099 (75.5%)
Median Home Value $337,708
Average Home Value $364,147


Median Household Income $56,445
Average Household Income $76,890
Per Capita Income $34,691
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.3% 1.43%
Households 1.35% 1.47%
Families 1.19% 1.37%
Median Household Income   2.42%
Per Capita Income   2.16%
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.

Nags Head, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nags Head 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 # 251 66th
Population Density1 # 473 36th
Diversity Index2 # 657 11th
Median Household Income # 100 87th
Per Capita Income # 64 91st

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