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. 37.38% 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 professionals, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harkers Island who work in office and administrative support (10.14%), sales jobs (9.74%), and teaching (9.54%).
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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Harkers Island is worth considering.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.63 minutes every day commuting to work.
Being a small town, Harkers Island does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In Harkers Island, just 7.19% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in Harkers Island in 2010 was $19,872, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,488 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 European.
The most common language spoken in Harkers Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.