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Surf City, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Surf City had a population of 2,811 as of July 1, 2018. Surf City 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 Surf City is located at latitude 34.445 and longitude -77.5392 in Pender County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Surf City (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.31 sq. miles and a water area of 2.28 sq. miles. Pender County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Town of Surf City are located in Pender County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Onslow County.

The Town of Surf City (GNIS ID: 2406694) 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 Surf City is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Pender County.

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Surf City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 2,811
Population in Households 2,808
Population in Familes 2,071
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density2 385
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $56,354
Average Household Income $77,674
Per Capita Income $34,634


Total Housing Units 3,946 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 701 (17.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 491 (12.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,753 (69.8%)
Median Home Value $329,667
Average Home Value $357,668


Total Households 1,193
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 716
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 5.18% 2.33%
Households 4.19% 2.2%
Families 4.3% 2.14%
Median Household Income   2.79%
Per Capita Income   2.88%

Surf City, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Surf City 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 # 263 65th
Population Density # 520 30th
Diversity Index # 633 14th
Median Household Income # 151 80th
Per Capita Income # 91 88th

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