Carolina Shores, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Carolina Shores, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Carolina Shores had a population of 3,663 as of July 1, 2017. Carolina Shores 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 Shores is located at latitude 33.9079 and longitude -78.5731 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Carolina Shores (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 46 feet.

The Town of Carolina Shores (GNIS ID: 2405382) 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 Shores is located within Township of Shallotte, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Carolina Shores 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 Shores, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,663
Daytime Population: Workers 191
Daytime Population: Residents 2,542
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,733
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.75
Population in Households 3,663
Population in Familes 2,919
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,430
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $50,902
Average Household Income $59,784
Per Capita Income $29,828


Total Housing Units 2,323 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,578 (67.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 249 (10.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 496 (21.4%)
Median Home Value $216,443
Average Home Value $230,513


Total Households 1,827
Average Household Size 2.0
Family Households 1,222
Average Family Size 2
  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 2.57% 2.35%
Households 2.25% 2.3%
Families 1.63% 2.18%
Median Household Income   0.86%
Per Capita Income   2.04%

Carolina Shores, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carolina Shores 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 # 211 72nd
Population Density # 92 88th
Diversity Index # 652 12th
Median Household Income # 204 73rd
Per Capita Income # 146 80th

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