Atlantic Beach is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 1,502 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Atlantic Beach is the 349th largest community in North Carolina.
Atlantic Beach real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Atlantic Beach house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Atlantic Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Atlantic Beach is a town of service providers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Atlantic Beach who work in food service (15.55%), management occupations (13.92%), and sales jobs (11.25%).
Another notable thing is that Atlantic Beach is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
One of the nice things about Atlantic Beach is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Even though Atlantic Beach is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly taxis for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
In terms of college education, Atlantic Beach is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.46% of adults in Atlantic Beach have a college degree.
The per capita income in Atlantic Beach in 2010 was $31,264, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $125,056 for a family of four. However, Atlantic Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Atlantic Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Atlantic Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Atlantic Beach include English, German, Dutch, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Atlantic Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.