Pine Knoll Shores 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 1,366 people and just one neighborhood, Pine Knoll Shores is the 360th largest community in North Carolina.
Real Estate Prices
Pine Knoll Shores home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Pine Knoll Shores real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pine Knoll Shores is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pine Knoll Shores is a town of managers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pine Knoll Shores who work in management occupations (19.89%), sales jobs (17.54%) and business and financial occupations (9.58%).
Also of interest is that Pine Knoll Shores 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: 8.89% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Pine Knoll Shores 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, Pine Knoll Shores’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!) Pine Knoll Shores 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. Pine Knoll Shores has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Pine Knoll Shores than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Pine Knoll Shores may be for you.
Pine Knoll Shores 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
As is often the case in a small town, Pine Knoll Shores doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.