Bald Head Island, NC

Bald Head Island, situated in Brunswick County, is a small town made up of around 6 square miles.

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The town, founded in 1985, can only be accessed by a ferry from the town of Southport. The island is recognized nationally for the sea turtle nests in the area. Bald Head Island is home to very few cars, and instead the locals drive golf carts.

Bald Head Island is known as a quite popular, and scenic vacationing spot. The Movie, "Weekend at Bernie's", was mainly filmed in the town. Built in 1817, "Old Baldy", is an out-of-service lighthouse and the oldest still standing.

The town has taken part in two wars; the American Revolution and the Civil War. In the revolution it was home to the British fort "Fort George", and in the Civil War it was a Confederate base.

It is thought that the Native Americans used the town as a seasonal retreat; much the same as it is used today. The vast amount of shellfish in the area are thought to what caused the Native Americans to come to the island, but due to war and disease not much is known about them.


The median resident age in Bald Head Island is 66 years. The median estimated household income is about $99,000 making it about $54,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $62,000. The average price for a home in Bald Head Island is about $905,000 (2013) which is $750,000 more than the North Carolina Average.

The racial makeup of Bald Head Island is 93% White, 3% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 1% other. 100% of the population are high school graduates, with 74% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 93% are married, 5% are divorced, and 2% Widowed.

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Brunswick County

Bald Head Island belongs to Brunswick County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, is part of the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Brunswick County has a population of 108,000 and the town Bolivia, with a population of 1,000, is the county seat.

In 1764, the county was formed from parts of New Hanover and Bladen Counties.

Brunswick County borders Columbus, New Hanover, Horry (South Carolina), and Pender Counties.

Brunswick County is made up of 1050 square miles. 847 of which is land with the remaining 203 as water.


The Population of Bald Head Island, NC is about 160.


The elevation of Bald Head Island, NC is five feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Bald Head Island, NC is 28461.

Area Code

The area code for Bald Head Island, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Bald Head Island and Brunswick County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four elections.

As of 2010, 65% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 29% are protestants with Catholics making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Bald Head Island is around 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Retail, scientific/technical services, and administrative/waste management make nearly 85% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The State Port Pilot, the Southport Times, Star News Media, Lumina News, and the Fisherman's Post are the primary newspapers that cover the Brunswick County area.