North Topsail Beach, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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North Topsail Beach, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of North Topsail Beach had a population of 906 as of July 1, 2017. North Topsail Beach ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 North Topsail Beach is located at latitude 34.4885 and longitude -77.4375 in Onslow County. The formal boundaries for the Town of North Topsail Beach (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.35 sq. miles and a water area of 4.17 sq. miles. Onslow County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 0 feet.

The Town of North Topsail Beach (GNIS ID: 2407008) 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 North Topsail Beach is located within Township of Stump Sound, a minor civil division (MCD) of Onslow County.

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


Total Population 906
Daytime Population: Workers 267
Daytime Population: Residents 441
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 708
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.78
Population in Households 906
Population in Familes 611
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 143
Diversity Index3 17


Median Household Income $58,187
Average Household Income $84,402
Per Capita Income $43,359


Total Housing Units 2,981 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 237 ( 8.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 240 ( 8.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,504 (84.0%)
Median Home Value $400,000
Average Home Value $497,669


Total Households 477
Average Household Size 1.9
Family Households 259
Average Family Size 2
  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 2.77% 1.69%
Households 2.46% 1.62%
Families 2.87% 1.5%
Median Household Income   1.41%
Per Capita Income   1.76%

North Topsail Beach, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares North Topsail Beach 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 # 452 39th
Population Density # 676 9th
Diversity Index # 668 10th
Median Household Income # 101 86th
Per Capita Income # 28 96th

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