Atlantic Beach, NC
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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, Atlantic Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Atlantic Beach are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Atlantic Beach is a town of managers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Atlantic Beach who work in management occupations (15.72%), sales jobs (13.91%), and food service (12.90%).

Another notable thing is that Atlantic Beach is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

Atlantic Beach is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The education level of Atlantic Beach citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.61% of adults in Atlantic Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Atlantic Beach in 2010 was $30,742, 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 $122,968 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 Irish, English, Dutch, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Atlantic Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.

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