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 a major vacation destination. Much of the city’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, North Myrtle Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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.

One of the nice things about North Myrtle 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.

The education level of North Myrtle Beach citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.32% of adults in North Myrtle Beach have at least a bachelor's 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.