Sunset Beach, NC
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Sunset Beach 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 3,801 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Sunset Beach is the 216th largest community in North Carolina.

Sunset Beach real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Sunset Beach house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Sunset Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Sunset Beach is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sunset Beach who work in sales jobs (24.92%), food service (14.75%), and office and administrative support (10.87%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.19% 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 Sunset Beach 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, Sunset Beach’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, Sunset Beach is worth considering.

Sunset Beach 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.

As is often the case in a small town, Sunset Beach doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The citizens of Sunset Beach are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.91% of adults in Sunset Beach 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 Sunset Beach in 2010 was $42,736, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $170,944 for a family of four. However, Sunset Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Sunset Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sunset Beach residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Sunset Beach include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Sunset Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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