Total Land Area

The majority of the land area in oceanfront municipalities is located on a barrier island, however, some of the towns have expanded onto the mainland over the years. This accounts for the larger land areas indicated for some of the oceanfront municipalities. As noted, Emerald Isle is approximately 5.2 square miles, and ranks 8th in this indicator.

Total Land Area - Square Miles: North Carolina Oceanfront Towns

Source: NC State Demographer

RankMunicipalitySquare Miles
1Oak Island15.1
2Kitty Hawk8.2
3Surf City6.7
4Nags Head6.5
5North Topsail Beach6.4
6Sunset Beach6.3
7Kill Devil Hills5.5
8Emerald Isle5.2
9Topsail Beach4.4
10Bald Head Island4.3
11Southern Shores4.1
12Ocean Isle Beach3.6
13Caswell Beach3.1
14Holden Beach3.0
15Pine Knoll Shores2.6
16Carolina Beach2.6
18Atlantic Beach2.3
19Wrightsville Beach1.3
20Kure Beach0.8
21Indian Beach0.6