Harkers Island 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 1,235 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harkers Island is the 377th largest community in North Carolina.
Harkers Island real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Harkers Island house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Harkers Island is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.04% of the Harkers Island workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Harkers Island is a town of transportation and shipping workers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harkers Island who work in food service (9.11%), sales jobs (8.92%), and office and administrative support (7.59%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.47% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 Harkers Island 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, Harkers Island’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Harkers Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Harkers Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Harkers Island 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.
One downside of living in Harkers Island is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Harkers Island, the average commute to work is 30.74 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Being a small town, Harkers Island does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The rate of college-level education in Harkers Island is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.25% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Harkers Island in 2010 was $32,904, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $131,616 for a family of four. However, Harkers Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Harkers Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harkers Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Harkers Island include Irish, German, Norwegian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Harkers Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.