Surf City, NC
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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 2,417 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%).

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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.66% 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 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Surf City, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.49 minutes every day commuting to work.

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, 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.


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