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Wanchese, North Carolina - Basic Facts

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The Wanchese Census Designated Place had a population of 1,868 as of July 1, 2017. Wanchese 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 Wanchese is located at latitude 35.8402 and longitude -75.6417 in Dare County. The formal boundaries for the Wanchese Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.66 sq. miles and a water area of 0.82 sq. miles. Dare County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Wanchese Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402983) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Wanchese Census Designated Place is located within Township of Nags Head, a minor civil division (MCD) of Dare County.

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


Total Population 1,868
Daytime Population: Workers 456
Daytime Population: Residents 903
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,359
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.73
Population in Households 1,868
Population in Familes 1,527
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 400
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $49,015
Average Household Income $67,581
Per Capita Income $28,138


Total Housing Units 911 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 517 (56.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 258 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 136 (14.9%)
Median Home Value $209,302
Average Home Value $262,790


Total Households 775
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 526
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 1.79% 1.73%
Households 1.82% 1.77%
Families 1.56% 1.66%
Median Household Income   2.53%
Per Capita Income   3.55%

Wanchese, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wanchese 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 # 331 55th
Population Density # 510 31st
Diversity Index # 650 12th
Median Household Income # 232 69th
Per Capita Income # 188 75th

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