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 2,193 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.
Unlike some towns, Surf City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Surf City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Surf City is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Surf City who work in sales jobs (17.73%), management occupations (10.35%), and teaching (8.65%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Surf City, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
A relatively large number of people in Surf City telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.50% 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.
One of the nice things about Surf City 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.
In Surf City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.78 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Being a small town, Surf City does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The education level of Surf City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Surf City, 40.21% 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 $37,273, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $149,092 for a family of four. However, Surf City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Surf City include German, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Surf City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.