Emerald Isle, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Emerald Isle, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Emerald Isle had a population of 3,637 as of July 1, 2017. Emerald Isle 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 Emerald Isle is located at latitude 34.6644 and longitude -77.0314 in Carteret County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Emerald Isle (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Carteret County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The Town of Emerald Isle (GNIS ID: 2406448) 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 Emerald Isle is located within Township of White Oak, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carteret County.

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


Total Population 3,637
Daytime Population: Workers 1,642
Daytime Population: Residents 2,062
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,704
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.02
Population in Households 3,637
Population in Familes 2,798
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 730
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $65,522
Average Household Income $85,112
Per Capita Income $40,111


Total Housing Units 6,871 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,188 (17.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 526 ( 7.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,157 (75.1%)
Median Home Value $407,805
Average Home Value $486,869


Total Households 1,714
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 1,083
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 -0.07% 0.12%
Households -0.14% 0.05%
Families -0.29% -0.02%
Median Household Income   4.03%
Per Capita Income   3.28%

Emerald Isle, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Emerald Isle 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 # 214 71st
Population Density # 343 54th
Diversity Index # 698 6th
Median Household Income # 69 91st
Per Capita Income # 44 94th

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