Total Housing Units

All of the 21 oceanfront municipalities have much larger seasonal populations due to the high number of second homes and vacation rental properties. In Emerald Isle, the peak summertime population can reach approximately 40,000 people - much larger than the official permanent population. Because there is not reliable and consistent data available on the total seasonal population among all of the 21 oceanfront municipalities, the total number of housing units (reported by the U.S. Census) is perhaps the most relevant indicator of the true size of a NC oceanfront community. As noted, Emerald Isle has the 2nd most housing units.

Total Housing Units: North Carolina Oceanfront Towns
2010 Census

Source: 2010 US Census

1Oak Island8,686
2Emerald Isle6,735
3Kill Devil Hills6,617
4Carolina Beach5,626
5Sunset Beach5,110
6Atlantic Beach4,935
7Nags Head4,884
8Surf City3,312
9Ocean Isle Beach3,206
10Kitty Hawk3,196
11Wrightsville Beach2,751
13North Topsail Beach2,547
14Southern Shores2,369
15Holden Beach2,335
16Kure Beach2,213
17Pine Knoll Shores2,049
18Indian Beach1,565
19Topsail Beach1,298
20Bald Head Island1,111
21Caswell Beach685