Duck, NC

Duck, situated in Dare County, is a small town made up of 3.72 square miles.

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The town was incorporated in 2001, after a nearly 3 year battle against the building of a Food Lion in the region led by the community that wanted to preserve the small town nature of the town. 


The median resident age in Duck is 60 years. The median estimated household income is about $56,000 making it about $8,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $32,000. The average price for a home in Duck is about $293,000 (2015) which is $133,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Duck is 95% White, 3% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 94% of the population are high school graduates, with 53% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.  

54% are married, 15% are divorced, 2% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 20% that have never been married. 

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Dare County

Duck belongs to Dare County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county, named after Virginia Dare, is part of the Kill Devil Hills, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.  

Dare County has a population of 34,000 and the town Manteo, with a population of 1,400, is the county seat.

Dare County borders Hyde, Currituck, and Tyrell counties.

Dare County is made up of 1,563 square miles. 383 of which is land with the remaining 1,180 as water.

The county has the largest total area of any county in North Carolina, but is ranked 68th out of the 100 counties in the amount of land.


The population of Duck, NC is about 370. The population has been steadily increasing since 2010.


The elevation of Duck, NC is 7 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Duck, NC is 27949.

Area Code

The area code for Duck, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Duck and Dare County have voted mostly Republican, with 57% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election.

This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 63% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 31% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Duck is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%.

Retail, administration, and waste management make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Outer Banks Voice and Outer Banks Sentinel are the primary newspapers that cover the Dare County area.