Oak Island, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Oak Island, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Oak Island had a population of 8,135 as of July 1, 2017. 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 33.9133 and longitude -78.1198 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.

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

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, 2017)


Total Population 8,135
Daytime Population: Workers 1,964
Daytime Population: Residents 4,414
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,378
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.78
Population in Households 8,132
Population in Familes 6,222
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density2 436
Diversity Index3 13


Median Household Income $49,114
Average Household Income $70,847
Per Capita Income $33,175


Total Housing Units 9,935 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,560 (25.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,240 (12.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,135 (61.8%)
Median Home Value $315,881
Average Home Value $378,164


Total Households 3,800
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 2,386
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 2.44% 2.47%
Households 2.22% 2.43%
Families 1.98% 2.3%
Median Household Income   2.55%
Per Capita Income   2.99%

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, 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 # 105 86th
Population Density # 484 35th
Diversity Index # 700 5th
Median Household Income # 230 69th
Per Capita Income # 93 88th

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