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Carolina Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Carolina Beach had a population of 6,273 as of July 1, 2016. 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, 2016.

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Carolina Beach, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 6,273
Population in Households 6,273
Population in Familes 4,331
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 2,558
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 2,915
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 1,590
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,041 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,456 (24.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,458 (24.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,126 (51.7%)
Median Home Value $305,075
Average Home Value $365,535


Median Household Income $54,966
Average Household Income $75,929
Per Capita Income $35,281
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.53% 1.56%
Households 1.31% 1.45%
Families 1.1% 1.33%
Median Household Income   2.27%
Per Capita Income   2.15%
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.

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, 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 # 129 83rd
Population Density1 # 13 98th
Diversity Index2 # 708 4th
Median Household Income # 118 84th
Per Capita Income # 60 92nd

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