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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
Kitty Hawk Airfield in June 1998
Kitty Hawk Airfield in June 1998
Official seal of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
"First in Flight"
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Dare
Incorporated 1981
Named for Chickehauk
 • Total 8.28 sq mi (21.44 km2)
 • Land 8.11 sq mi (21.01 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total 3,272
 • Estimate 
 • Density 440.16/sq mi (169.95/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-36060
GNIS feature ID 1021059
Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 1,937
2000 2,991 54.4%
2010 3,272 9.4%
2019 (est.) 3,571 9.1%

Kitty Hawk is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, and is a part of what is known as North Carolina's Outer Banks. The population was 3,272 at the 2010 Census. It was established in the early 18th century as Chickahawk.


Kitty Hawk became world-famous after the Wright brothers made the first controlled powered airplane flights at the Kill Devil Hills, four miles (6 km) south of the town, on December 17, 1903. After the flights, the brothers walked back to Kitty Hawk, where they sent a telegram from the Weather Bureau office to their father informing him of their success. Kitty Hawk is usually credited as the site of the powered flights because it was the nearest named settlement at the time of the flight; the modern town of Kill Devil Hills did not exist until 50 years after the flights. The Wrights chose the area because its frequent winds and soft sandy surfaces were suitable for their glider experiments, which they conducted over a three-year period prior to making the powered flights.

The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber AV-19 with an aircraft number of 93-1086, P-40D Kitty hawk fighter aircraft, the aircraft transport ship USS Kitty Hawk (AKV-1), and the Apollo 14 command module have been named for the town, which incorporated in 1981.

The Kitty Hawk Life-Saving Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


Kitty Hawk is located at 36°06′N 75°42′W / 36.1°N 75.7°W / 36.1; -75.7 at an elevation of 7 feet (2 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a complete area of 8.23 square miles (21.3 km2). 8.18 square miles (21.2 km2) of it is land and 0.0476 square miles (0.123 km2) of it (0.579%) is water.


2020 census

Kitty Hawk racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,324 90.11%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 18 0.49%
Native American 4 0.11%
Asian 25 0.68%
Pacific Islander 3 0.08%
Other/Mixed 134 3.63%
Hispanic or Latino 181 4.91%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,689 people, 1,532 households, and 1,073 families residing in the town.

Sister city


Dare County Schools operates public schools serving the area. Kitty Hawk Elementary School is in the city.

The zoned secondary schools are First Flight Middle School and First Flight High School. Prior to 2004 First Flight High zoned students were zoned to Manteo High School.

See also

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