Oak Island, NC

Oak Island, situated in Brunswick County, is a town made up of 19.9 square miles.

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The area was settled around the early 1800s, which was prior to the establishment of Fort Caswell.  

The area saw extensive damage after Hurricane Hazel hit in 1954. Two shark attacks took place south of the town, with two victims losing their arms.  


The median resident age in Oak Island is 55 years. The median estimated household income is about $51,000 making it about $3,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $33,000. The average price for a home in Oak Island is about $281,000 (2015) which is $121,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Oak Island is 96% White, 1% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 92% of the population are high school graduates, with 31% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

58% are married, 13% are divorced, 4% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 17% that have never been married.

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Brunswick County

Oak 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 Oak Island, NC is about 7,000. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Oak Island, NC is 14 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Oak Island, NC are 28461 and 28465.

Area Code

The area code for Oak Island, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Oak Island and Brunswick County have voted mostly Republican, with 61% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 31% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 5%.


The unemployment rate for Oak Island is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction, retail, and technical services make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Brunswick Beacon and State Port Pilot are the primary newspapers that cover the Brunswick County area.


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