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Carolina Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Carolina Beach had a population of 6,367 as of July 1, 2017. Carolina Beach 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 Beach is located at latitude 34.0419 and longitude -77.8998 in New Hanover County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Carolina Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0.29 sq. miles. New Hanover County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Town of Carolina Beach (GNIS ID: 2405381) 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 Beach is located within Township of Federal Point, a minor civil division (MCD) of New Hanover County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Carolina Beach population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Carolina Beach, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 6,367
Daytime Population: Workers 7,176
Daytime Population: Residents 2,896
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 10,072
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.58
Population in Households 6,367
Population in Familes 4,374
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 2,597
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $57,482
Average Household Income $80,544
Per Capita Income $37,455


Total Housing Units 6,136 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,454 (23.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,505 (24.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,176 (51.8%)
Median Home Value $314,370
Average Home Value $370,707


Total Households 2,960
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 1,605
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.52% 1.58%
Households 1.34% 1.47%
Families 1.08% 1.31%
Median Household Income   2.64%
Per Capita Income   2.92%

Carolina Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carolina Beach to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 130 83rd
Population Density # 12 99th
Diversity Index # 710 4th
Median Household Income # 108 86th
Per Capita Income # 56 93rd

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