Nags Head, NC

Nags Head, situated in Dare County, is a small town made up of 6.6 square miles.

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Nags Head was established as a resort in the 1830s. The town would later receive incorporation in 1961.  


The median resident age in Nags Head is 45 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 $37,000. The average price for a home in Nags Head is about $355,000 (2015) which is $195,000 than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,300 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Nags Head is 93% White, 3% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 3% other. 96% of the population are high school graduates, with 40% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

52% are married, 12% are divorced, 3% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 25% that have never been married.

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Dare County

Nags Head 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 Nags Head, NC is about 2,800.

The population has been steadily increasing since the 1970's.


The elevation of Nags Head, NC is three feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Nags Head, NC is 27959.

Area Code

The area code for Nags Head, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Nags Head 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 making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Nags Head is about 5% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, real estate, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

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


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