Ocean Isle Beach, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Ocean Isle Beach had a population of 662 as of July 1, 2018. Ocean Isle Beach ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Ocean Isle Beach is located at latitude 33.9023 and longitude -78.4369 in Brunswick County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Ocean Isle Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.39 sq. miles and a water area of 1.14 sq. miles. Brunswick County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 0 feet.

The Town of Ocean Isle Beach (GNIS ID: 2407032) 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 Ocean Isle Beach is located within Township of Shallotte, a minor civil division (MCD) of Brunswick County.

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Ocean Isle Beach, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 662
Population in Households 662
Population in Familes 549
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 196
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $70,812
Average Household Income $113,764
Per Capita Income $58,312


Total Housing Units 3,962 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 292 ( 7.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 45 ( 1.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,625 (91.5%)
Median Home Value $638,889
Average Home Value $661,986


Total Households 337
Average Household Size 1.96
Family Households 233
Average Family Size 2
  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 2.27% 2.69%
Households 2.32% 2.7%
Families 2.12% 2.61%
Median Household Income   2.53%
Per Capita Income   2.49%

Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ocean Isle Beach 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 # 506 32nd
Population Density # 642 13th
Diversity Index # 723 2nd
Median Household Income # 62 92nd
Per Capita Income # 6 99th

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