Carolina Beach is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 6,354 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Carolina Beach is the 136th largest community in North Carolina.
Carolina Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Carolina Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Carolina Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carolina Beach is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Carolina Beach who work in management occupations (18.28%), office and administrative support (14.13%), and sales jobs (11.74%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.09% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another notable thing is that Carolina 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.
Carolina 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 Carolina Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Carolina Beach, 42.11% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Carolina Beach in 2010 was $37,447, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $149,788 for a family of four. However, Carolina Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Carolina Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carolina Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Carolina Beach include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Carolina Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.