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Buxton, North Carolina
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Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Buxton, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Buxton, North Carolina
Buxton, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Buxton, North Carolina is located in the United States
Buxton, North Carolina
Buxton, North Carolina
Location in the United States
Country United States of America
State North Carolina
County Dare
Named for Ralph P. Buxton
 • Total 2.98 sq mi (7.73 km2)
 • Land 2.96 sq mi (7.67 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
11 ft (3 m)
 • Total 1,273
 • Density 430/sq mi (166.0/km2)
ZIP code

Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island (part of the Outer Banks) near Cape Hatteras. It is located in Dare County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,273. Located at the widest part of Hatteras Island, it is the largest community on Hatteras Island both in terms of area and population, and is home to the island's schools and other major public buildings and offices.

North Carolina Highway 12 links the community to other Outer Banks communities such as Avon, Frisco, and Hatteras. Buxton is most famous for being the location of Cape Hatteras Light and of the accompanied beaches; it is also the home of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club.

The residents of Buxton are governed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners. Buxton is part of District 4, along with Avon, Frisco, Hatteras, Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.

In addition to Cape Hatteras Light, the SS Lancing shipwreck was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.


A view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from the beach

Watersports are common on both the Pamlico Sound side and the Atlantic Ocean side of the community. Proximity to the convergence of the Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream result in the largest surf available on the East Coast. On the protected soundside of the island, watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and swimming are all readily available and accessible.

British Cemetery

On May 21, 1942, the body of a British seaman, unidentifiable but presumed to be from the HMT Bedfordshire, sunk by a German U-boat, washed ashore. The month prior, a British sailor from the sunken merchant ship San Delfino had been buried in Buxton. The Bedfordshire seaman was interred in an adjacent plot, resulting in a British Cemetery, formally known as Cape Hatteras Coast Guard Burial Ground.


2020 census

Buxton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,038 87.89%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 11 0.93%
Native American 4 0.34%
Asian 5 0.42%
Other/Mixed 37 3.13%
Hispanic or Latino 86 7.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,181 people, 572 households, and 405 families residing in the CDP.


Construction of the new Cape Hatteras Secondary School

Residents are served by the new Cape Hatteras Elementary School, opened in 2001 (home of the Tropical Storms) and Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies, a combination middle school and high school (Home of the Hurricanes) newly rebuilt in 2007 on the NC 12 site of the original Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary Schools, in Buxton. Both schools are part of the Dare County Schools district.

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