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 91.82% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, North Myrtle Beach is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in North Myrtle Beach who work in sales jobs (18.47%), food service (17.12%), and office and administrative support (11.17%).

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 destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’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.

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, North Myrtle Beach is worth considering.

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: 32.64% of adults in North Myrtle Beach have a college degree.

The per capita income in North Myrtle Beach in 2010 was $33,753, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $135,012 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.