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 2,193 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.

Surf City is a military town: the armed forces employs 9.54% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Construction and Public Service are important in the local economy and are the town’s largest civilian employers, employing 20.98% and 13.96% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Of important note, Surf City is also a town of artists. Surf City has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Surf City’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.23% 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 destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

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.

One downside of living in Surf City, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.25 minutes every day commuting to work.

Surf City is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Surf City is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.88% of adults in Surf City have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Surf City in 2010 was $38,032, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,128 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Surf City is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Tagalog.

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