Carolina Beach, NC

Carolina Beach, situated in New Hanover County, is a small town made up of 2.5 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Carolina Beach, NC

June 17, 2018


The median resident age in Carolina Beach is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $59,000 making it about $14,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $33,000. The average price for a home in Carolina Beach is about $246,000 (2013) which is $91,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,100 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Carolina Beach is 95% White, 2% Hispanic, and 3% other. 95% of the population are high school graduates, with 36% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 43% are married, 5% are separated, 17% are divorced, 8% are widowed, leaving 27% that have never been married.

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New Hanover County

Carolina Beach belongs to New Hanover County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after the House of Hanover, is part of the Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. New Hanover County has a population of 203,000 and its largest city Wilmington, with a population of 112,000, is the county seat.

In 1729, the county was formed as New Hanover Precinct of Bath County. Bath County was dissolved in 1739, and all of its precincts became counties.

A few of the last battles of the Civil War took place in New Hanover County including the Battle of Wilmington, and the Second Battle of Fort Fisher.

New Hanover County borders Pender and Brunswick counties.

New Hanover County is made up of 328 square miles. 192 of which is land with the remaining 136 as water.


The population of Carolina Beach, NC is about 6,000. The population has been rapidly increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Carolina Beach, NC is three feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Carolina Beach, NC is 28428.

Area Code

The area code for Carolina Beach, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Carolina Beach and New Hanover County have voted mostly Republican, with 52% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 53% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 38% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 7%, and 2% other.


The unemployment rate for Carolina Beach is about 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Construction, accommodation/food, and administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Island Gazette and Star News Online are the primary newspapers that cover the New Hanover County area.