Permanent Population

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Emerald Isle has the 4th largest permanent population among the 21 oceanfront municipalities. It is important to note that these are full-time residents only, and each town has many more seasonal residents and visitors.

Permanent Population: North Carolina Oceanfront Towns
2010 Census

Source: 2010 U.S. Census

RankMunicipalityPermanent Population
1Oak Island6,783
2Kill Devil Hills6,683
3Carolina Beach5,706
4Emerald Isle3,655
5Sunset Beach3,572
6Kitty Hawk3,272
7Nags Head2,757
8Southern Shores2,714
9Wrightsville Beach2,477
10Kure Beach2,012
11Surf City1,853
12Atlantic Beach1,495
13Pine Knoll Shores1,339
14North Topsail Beach743
15Holden Beach575
16Ocean Isle Beach550
17Caswell Beach398
19Topsail Beach368
20Bald Head Island158
21Indian Beach112