Emerald Isle, NC
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Emerald Isle 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 3,720 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Emerald Isle is the 212th largest community in North Carolina.

Emerald Isle home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Emerald Isle real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Emerald Isle is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Emerald Isle is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Emerald Isle who work in management occupations (18.61%), sales jobs (14.61%), and office and administrative support (9.54%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Emerald Isle. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

Of important note, Emerald Isle is also a town of artists. Emerald Isle has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Emerald Isle’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Emerald Isle telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.20% 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 Emerald Isle 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.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Emerald Isle has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Emerald Isle has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Emerald Isle than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Emerald Isle may be for you.

Emerald Isle 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Being a small town, Emerald Isle does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Emerald Isle are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.91% of adults in Emerald Isle have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Emerald Isle in 2010 was $40,366, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $161,464 for a family of four. However, Emerald Isle contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Emerald Isle home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Emerald Isle residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Emerald Isle include English, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Emerald Isle is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.