Wrightsville 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 2,549 people and just one neighborhood, Wrightsville Beach is the 281st largest community in North Carolina.
Real Estate Prices
Wrightsville Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Wrightsville Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Wrightsville Beach is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.12% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wrightsville Beach is a town of professionals, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wrightsville Beach who work in office and administrative support (11.44%), management occupations (11.44%) and personal care services (11.07%).
Of important note, Wrightsville Beach is also a town of artists. Wrightsville Beach has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Wrightsville Beach’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.85% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
In addition, Wrightsville Beach is a college town. There are a lot of students in Wrightsville Beach attending college, and as a result Wrightsville Beach provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Another notable thing is that Wrightsville 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, Wrightsville Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
For a small town, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Wrightsville Beach. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Wrightsville Beach.
One of the nice things about Wrightsville Beach 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.
Wrightsville Beach 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.