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Kure Beach, North Carolina
Town of Kure Beach
Town of Kure Beach
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 0.88 sq mi (2.29 km2)
 • Land 0.88 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total 2,012
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,384.09/sq mi (920.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-36220
GNIS feature ID 1021071
Coordinates and area from USGS

Kure Beach ( KURE-ee) is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States , approximately 15 miles south of Wilmington. It is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,012 at the 2010 census. It is found on Pleasure Island directly south of the Wilmington Beach annex of Carolina Beach and just north of Fort Fisher. The town is less than 1 square mile (2.6 km2) in area, stretching along about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of coastline along Pleasure Island, and a maximum width of less than 0.5 miles (0.80 km), in most places only a few hundred yard/meters wide.


A post office called Kure Beach has been in operation since 1942. The town was named for a family of settlers.

On the night of July 24/25, 1943, a German U-boat fired at least three shells to attack the "Ethyl-Dow Chemical Company" plant at "Kure's Beach" (post-war: Kure Beach), but instead hit the Cape Fear River. The plant was the only one on the East Coast producing bromine from seawater for use in aviation gasoline


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 228
1960 293 28.5%
1970 394 34.5%
1980 611 55.1%
1990 619 1.3%
2000 1,507 143.5%
2010 2,012 33.5%
2019 (est.) 2,098 4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Kure Beach racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,024 92.38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 10 0.46%
Native American 6 0.27%
Asian 18 0.82%
Pacific Islander 2 0.09%
Other/Mixed 94 4.29%
Hispanic or Latino 37 1.69%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,191 people, 951 households, and 601 families residing in the town.

New Hanover County School System

In this area of North Carolina elementary school children will be zoned for Carolina Beach Elementary School, middle school children zoned for Murray Middle School, and zoned for high school, Ashley High School or an early college high school including:

Isaac Bear Early College High School (UNCW)

Wilmington Early College High School (CFCC)

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