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Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Wrightsville Beach had a population of 2,739 as of July 1, 2019. Wrightsville Beach ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Wrightsville Beach is located at latitude 34.2085 and longitude -77.7964 in New Hanover County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Wrightsville Beach encompass a land area of 1.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0.88 sq. miles. New Hanover County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach (GNIS ID: 2406920) 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 Wrightsville Beach is located within Township of Harnett, a minor civil division (MCD) of New Hanover County.


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Wrightsville Beach, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Wrightsville Beach, NC Housing Affordability Index is 63
State of North Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 140
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Wrightsville Beach, NC Wealth Index is 152
State of North Carolina Wealth Index is 84
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 2,739 (100%)
Population in Households 2,710 (98.9%)
Population in Families 1,423 (52.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 29 ( 1.1%)
Population Density 1,959
Diversity Index2 7
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $94,477
Average Household Income $138,442
Per Capita Income $63,239
Wealth Index4 152

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 2,999 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 628 (20.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 624 (20.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,747 (58.3%)
Median Home Value $808,979
Housing Affordability Index3 63
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 1,252
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 522
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.1% 1.14%
Households 0.94% 1.09%
Families 0.66% 0.94%
Median Household Income   3.98%
Per Capita Income   3.17%

Wrightsville Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wrightsville Beach to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 271 63rd
Population Density # 36 95th
Diversity Index # 735 1st
Median Household Income # 22 97th
Per Capita Income # 6 99th

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