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.

7.04% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Emerald Isle. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Professional, scientific, and technical services and Healthcare industries respectively employ 12.30% and 12.15% of the civilian workforce.

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.

Another notable thing is that Emerald Isle 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, Emerald Isle’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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.

Emerald Isle is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Emerald Isle ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Emerald Isle, 48.74% 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 Emerald Isle in 2010 was $38,848, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $155,392 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Emerald Isle include German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

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