Wrightsville Beach, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Wrightsville Beach had a population of 2,820 as of July 1, 2016. Wrightsville 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 Wrightsville Beach is located at latitude 34.2134 and longitude -77.7978 in New Hanover County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Wrightsville Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0.88 sq. miles. New Hanover County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach (GNIS ID: 2406920) 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 Wrightsville Beach is located within Township of Harnett, a minor civil division (MCD) of New Hanover County.

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


Total Population 2,820
Population in Households 2,790
Population in Familes 1,476
Population in Group Qrtrs 30
Population Density1 1,991
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 1,292
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 542
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,062 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 616 (20.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 676 (22.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,770 (57.8%)
Median Home Value $923,797
Average Home Value $920,779


Median Household Income $68,269
Average Household Income $111,999
Per Capita Income $51,502
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.1% 1.98%
Households 1.89% 1.89%
Families 1.56% 1.75%
Median Household Income   2.86%
Per Capita Income   2.19%
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.

Wrightsville Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wrightsville 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 # 261 65th
Population Density1 # 35 95th
Diversity Index2 # 735 1st
Median Household Income # 50 93rd
Per Capita Income # 10 99th

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