Surf City, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Town of Surf City had a population of 2,754 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

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


Total Population 2,754
Daytime Population: Workers 1,319
Daytime Population: Residents 1,361
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,680
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 2,751
Population in Familes 2,015
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density2 377
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $53,742
Average Household Income $72,456
Per Capita Income $32,436


Total Housing Units 3,930 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 689 (17.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 480 (12.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,762 (70.3%)
Median Home Value $322,441
Average Home Value $358,879


Total Households 1,168
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 701
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 5.62% 2.45%
Households 4.48% 2.31%
Families 4.6% 2.24%
Median Household Income   2.51%
Per Capita Income   2.75%

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, 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 # 265 64th
Population Density # 526 29th
Diversity Index # 634 14th
Median Household Income # 158 79th
Per Capita Income # 99 87th

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