Southern Shores, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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Southern Shores, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Southern Shores had a population of 2,814 as of July 1, 2018. Southern Shores 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 Southern Shores is located at latitude 36.1202 and longitude -75.7305 in Dare County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Southern Shores (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.95 sq. miles and a water area of 0.2 sq. miles. Dare County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 16 feet.

The Town of Southern Shores (GNIS ID: 2407375) 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 Southern Shores is located within Township of Atlantic, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dare County.

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Southern Shores, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 2,814
Population in Households 2,814
Population in Familes 2,418
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 713
Diversity Index3 9


Median Household Income $86,622
Average Household Income $108,214
Per Capita Income $46,160


Total Housing Units 2,530 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,061 (41.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 140 ( 5.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,328 (52.5%)
Median Home Value $529,157
Average Home Value $570,005


Total Households 1,202
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 909
Average Family Size 3
  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 0.44% 0.58%
Households 0.44% 0.54%
Families 0.39% 0.5%
Median Household Income   0.38%
Per Capita Income   0.79%

Southern Shores, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Southern Shores 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 # 262 65th
Population Density # 355 52nd
Diversity Index # 727 2nd
Median Household Income # 17 98th
Per Capita Income # 24 97th

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