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Oak Island, NC
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Oak Island profile

Living in Oak Island

Oak Island 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 9,322 people and four associated neighborhoods, Oak Island is the 112th largest community in North Carolina.

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

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 22.12% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 Oak Island 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.

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, Oak Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Oak Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One of the nice things about Oak 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.

The citizens of Oak Island are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.80% of adults in Oak Island 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 Oak Island in 2018 was $56,481, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $225,924 for a family of four. However, Oak Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Oak Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Oak Island include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Oak Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.

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