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 is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.73% 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 (21.45%), food service (18.53%), and office and administrative support (11.77%).

A relatively large number of people in Sunset Beach telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.42% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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!) Sunset Beach 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. Sunset Beach has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Sunset Beach than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Sunset Beach may be for you.

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 education level of Sunset Beach ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Sunset Beach, 44.44% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Sunset Beach in 2010 was $42,255, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $169,020 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 English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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

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