Surf City 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 2,342 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Surf City is the 319th largest community in North Carolina.
Surf City home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Surf City real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Surf City is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Surf City is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Surf City who work in sales jobs (17.17%), food service (12.79%), and management occupations (9.81%).
Surf City is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Surf City, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Also of interest is that Surf City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Surf City telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.66% 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 Surf City is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Surf City 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.
In Surf City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.49 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
As is often the case in a small town, Surf City doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Surf City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Surf City, 43.96% 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 Surf City in 2010 was $35,181, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $140,724 for a family of four. However, Surf City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Surf City is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Surf City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Surf City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Surf City include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Surf City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.