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Nags Head, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Nags Head had a population of 2,982 as of July 1, 2020. 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 35.9574 and longitude -75.6241 in Dare County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Nags Head 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Nags Head: Nag's Head.


Nags Head, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 2,982 (100%)
Population in Households 2,903 (97.4%)
Population in Families 2,110 (70.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 79 ( 2.6%)
Population Density 452
Diversity Index2 18


Median Household Income $68,093
Average Household Income $94,611
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $42,154
Wealth Index5 112


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,335 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 887 (16.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 441 ( 8.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,006 (75.1%)
Median Home Value $340,397
Average Home Value $386,625
Housing Affordability Index3 117


Total Households 1,329
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 794
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.77% 0.71%
Households 0.81% 0.71%
Families 0.68% 0.62%
Median Household Income   1.74%
Per Capita Income   2.18%
Owner Occupied HU   0.97%


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, 2020 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 # 255 66th
Population Density # 481 35th
Median Household Income # 100 87th
Housing Affordability Index # 79 11th
Per Capita Income # 64 91st
Diversity Index # 663 11th

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