Kure Beach, NC

Kure Beach, situated in New Hanover County, is a small town made up of .8 square miles.

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The town is named in honor of Hans Anderson Kure, a Danish immigrant. 

In 1943, a chemical plant off of Kure Beach that was producing aviation gas using bromine from the seawater was targeted by shells from a German U-Boat, but the shells missed and hit Cape Fear River instead. 


The median resident age in Kure Beach is 56 years. The median estimated household income is about $75,000 making it about $27,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $40,000. The average price for a home in Kure Beach is about $397,000 (2015) which is $237,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,300 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Kure Beach is 96% White, 2% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 97% of the population are high school graduates, with 43% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 65% are married, 8% are divorced, 2% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 20% that have never been married. 

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New Hanover County

Kure 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 Kure Beach, NC is about 2,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1950s.


The elevation of Kure Beach, NC is ten feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Kure Beach, NC is 28449.

Area Code

The area code for Kure Beach, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Kure 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 38% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 9%.


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

Construction, retail, and scientific technical services make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Island Gazette is the primary newspaper that covers the New Hanover County area.


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