Carolina Beach, NC
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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 6,137 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Carolina Beach is the 136th largest community in North Carolina.

Carolina Beach real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Carolina Beach house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Carolina Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Carolina Beach is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carolina Beach who work in management occupations (18.45%), sales jobs (12.30%), and office and administrative support (11.49%).

Also of interest is that Carolina Beach has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Carolina Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.59% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Carolina Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

One of the nice things about Carolina 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.

The population of Carolina Beach is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.73% of adults in Carolina Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Carolina Beach in 2010 was $34,649, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,596 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Carolina Beach include German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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

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