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Location in New Hanover County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in New Hanover County and the state of North Carolina.
Country United States
State North Carolina
County New Hanover
 • Total 2.74 sq mi (7.09 km2)
 • Land 2.45 sq mi (6.35 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.74 km2)
3 ft (1 m)
 • Total 5,706
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,609.71/sq mi (1,007.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-10500
GNIS feature ID 0982655

Carolina Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,052 at the 2000 census and 5,706 as of 2010. It is part of the Wilmington metropolitan area. The community of Wilmington Beach was annexed by the town in 2000.

Carolina Beach lies at the northern end of Pleasure Island, which it shares with the community of Kure Beach, south of the inlet that separates the island from the unincorporated community of Sea Breeze. The town has an land area of 2.45 square miles (6.3 km2), extending along the island from Freeman Park in the north to Alabama Avenue in the south.


Carolina Beach is located at 34°2′12″N 77°53′49″W / 34.03667°N 77.89694°W / 34.03667; -77.89694 (34.036796, -77.896939).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2).2.2 square miles (5.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (8.13%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 95
1940 637 570.5%
1950 1,080 69.5%
1960 1,192 10.4%
1970 1,663 39.5%
1980 2,000 20.3%
1990 3,630 81.5%
2000 4,701 29.5%
2010 5,706 21.4%
2019 (est.) 6,399 12.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Carolina Beach racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 5,982 91.13%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 53 0.81%
Native American 17 0.26%
Asian 50 0.76%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 277 4.22%
Hispanic or Latino 184 2.8%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,564 people, 2,876 households, and 1,764 families residing in the town.


As of the census of 2013, there were 2,296 households, and 1,253 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,086.4 people per square mile (806.7/km2). There were 4,086 housing units at an average density of 1,813.5 per square mile (701.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.94% White, 0.39% African American,0.50% Asian, and 0.17% from other races.

There were 2,296 households, out of which 18.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.4% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.03, and the average family size was 2.59.

The population was spread out in the town, with 14.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 34.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,662, and the median income for a family was $44,882. Males had a median income of $31,013 versus $21,241 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,128. About 8.4% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

  • LORAN-C transmitter Carolina Beach
  • Fort Fisher
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • The Boardwalk- There are several eateries. Two pizza shops, an ice cream store, a snow cone stand, as well as a sit down restaurant can be found along the small strip. In the summer beach goers can also enjoy the rides and games located just off the boardwalk's concrete stretch. Live music and fireworks are also not to be missed in the summer. If you're looking for year-round entertainment guests can always visit the arcade or gift shops that are also located on the main stretch.
  • Homesite (31Nh95**1), Joy Lee Apartment Building and Annex, and Newton Homesite and Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Business on the Boardwalk
Business front on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk during the off season
Dunes and Ocean
Waves rolling in on the beach and dunes of Carolina Beach
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A couple strolls along the surf at Carolina Beach
Surf at Carolina Beach, NC IMG 4434
A child rides the surf at Carolina Beach (2012)
Carolina Beach Pier
Carolina Beach NC Waterfront
Carolina Beach waterfront homes and hotels


The New Hanover County Schools district covers Carolina Beach. Only Carolina Beach Elementary School, founded in 1937, is located in the town. Older students are assigned to Charles P. Murray Middle School and Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington.

See also

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