Ocean Isle Beach, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Ocean Isle Beach had a population of 634 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ocean Isle Beach 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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Ocean Isle Beach, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 634
Daytime Population: Workers 802
Daytime Population: Residents 378
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,180
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.86
Population in Households 634
Population in Familes 523
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 187
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $66,951
Average Household Income $104,916
Per Capita Income $53,013


Total Housing Units 3,648 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 273 ( 7.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 44 ( 1.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,331 (91.3%)
Median Home Value $612,179
Average Home Value $641,882


Total Households 317
Average Household Size 2.0
Family Households 219
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 1.98% 2.29%
Households 1.78% 2.23%
Families 1.54% 2.19%
Median Household Income   1.34%
Per Capita Income   1.33%

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, 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 # 515 30th
Population Density # 645 13th
Diversity Index # 718 3rd
Median Household Income # 61 92nd
Per Capita Income # 11 99th

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