North Myrtle Beach, SC
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North Myrtle Beach is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 15,579 people and five constituent neighborhoods, North Myrtle Beach is the 32nd largest community in South Carolina.

North Myrtle Beach real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although North Myrtle Beach house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

North Myrtle Beach is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.87% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, North Myrtle Beach is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in North Myrtle Beach who work in sales jobs (19.47%), food service (15.20%), and management occupations (11.83%).

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

Another notable thing is that North Myrtle Beach is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city 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 city.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) North Myrtle Beach has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. North Myrtle Beach has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in North Myrtle Beach than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, North Myrtle Beach may be for you.

North Myrtle Beach 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 terms of college education, North Myrtle Beach is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.32% of adults in North Myrtle Beach have a college degree.

The per capita income in North Myrtle Beach in 2010 was $34,370, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $137,480 for a family of four. However, North Myrtle Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call North Myrtle Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of North Myrtle Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in North Myrtle Beach include German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in North Myrtle Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.