Oak Island, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Oak Island, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Oak Island had a population of 8,326 as of July 1, 2018. Oak Island 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 Oak Island is located at latitude 33.9166 and longitude -78.1611 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Oak Island (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.65 sq. miles and a water area of 1.36 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 0 feet.

The Town of Oak Island (GNIS ID: 2407020) 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 Oak Island is located within Township of Smithville, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Oak Island: Long Beach (in part), Yaupon Beach (in part).

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Oak Island, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 8,326
Population in Households 8,324
Population in Familes 6,415
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density2 446
Diversity Index3 13


Median Household Income $53,578
Average Household Income $77,533
Per Capita Income $36,874


Total Housing Units 10,510 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,701 (25.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,251 (11.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,558 (62.4%)
Median Home Value $321,739
Average Home Value $379,731


Total Households 3,952
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 2,487
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.43% 2.49%
Households 2.43% 2.48%
Families 2.25% 2.38%
Median Household Income   3.18%
Per Capita Income   3.4%

Oak Island, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Oak Island to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 105 86th
Population Density # 478 35th
Diversity Index # 699 6th
Median Household Income # 194 74th
Per Capita Income # 71 91st

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