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The Town of Nags Head had a population of 2,891 as of July 1, 2017. Nags Head 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 Nags Head is located at latitude 35.9475 and longitude -75.6257 in Dare County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Nags Head (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Dare County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Town of Nags Head (GNIS ID: 2406223) 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 Nags Head is located within Township of Nags Head, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dare County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Nags Head 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 Nags Head: Nag's Head.

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Nags Head, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,891
Daytime Population: Workers 4,942
Daytime Population: Residents 1,308
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,250
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.16
Population in Households 2,813
Population in Familes 2,043
Population in Group Qrtrs 78
Population Density2 439
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $57,978
Average Household Income $82,420
Per Capita Income $37,167


Total Housing Units 5,193 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 831 (16.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 451 ( 8.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,911 (75.3%)
Median Home Value $329,039
Average Home Value $360,650


Total Households 1,282
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 765
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 0.66% 0.92%
Households 0.65% 0.86%
Families 0.44% 0.75%
Median Household Income   3.0%
Per Capita Income   3.65%

Nags Head, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Nags Head 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 # 256 65th
Population Density # 482 35th
Diversity Index # 661 11th
Median Household Income # 103 86th
Per Capita Income # 59 92nd

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