Oak Island, NC

Oak Island NC is located in Brunswick County...

2017 Best Guide to Oak Island, NC

December 16, 2015

Oak Island NC is a small town beach community resting on the barrier island with the same name, in Brunswick County, North Carolina about 28 miles south of Wilmington. It shares its borders with the only other town on the island, Caswell Beach, which is due east. To the south is the Atlantic Ocean, while Holden Beach is to the west.

The population of Oak Island is about 7,000 during non-tourist months and swells to around 40-50,000 in the summer. Most of this summer traffic comes courtesy the scenic 28 miles of coastline.

This picturesque seaside town offers spectacular views, and old-fashioned boardwalk, picnic areas, and more.

Though the town was established in 1999 courtesy the combination of Yaupon and Long Beaches, people have been living here for almost 200 years, starting with the Fort Caswell settlement in the 1830s and growing into the town it is today.

A 1,000-foot bridge was completed in early 2011, making Oak Island NC more accessible. The $64 million bridge has definitely made a positive impact on the growth of the seaside town.

In 1954, Hurricane Hazel nearly wiped Oak Island away, leaving behind only a few buildings along the Long Beach area. The town has been hit by several other hurricanes since, including Diana (1984), Bertha and Fran (1996), and Floyd (1999).

The actual public beach area is ten miles long and includes a marina, 65 public access points, boat launching area, and two piers. You can enter the Davis Canal or the Intra-coastal Waterway with ease.

Oak Island also sports 8 parks including a skate park, dog park, fishing T, baseball field, football field, and cabana with observation deck. A golf course can be found on the mainland.

Where is Oak Island NC?

Oak Island is located on the coast of North Carolina, within the Brunswick Islands, in the southern portion of Brunswick County. It is on the barrier island of Oak Island and shares it's borders with Caswell Beach. It also belongs to the Myrtle Beach and Wilmington (28 miles north) metropolitan areas. There is a total land area of about 20 square miles on Oak Island, with approximately 1.5 being water. Elevation is what you would expect for a beach-front community - 14 feet above sea level.

Zip Codes

The zip codes for Oak Island NC are 28461 and 28465.

The area code is 910.


Demographically speaking, about 98% of Oak Island's residents are white, with less than 1 percent black. The majority of people living here are between 45 and 64 years of age. The average income for a household is about $40,000. Average price for a home is $252,000 - or about $100,000 more than the typical North Carolina home!

More than 93% of the residents hold a high school diploma, while about 10% have a Graduate or professional degree.

Oak Island NC Weather

The weather in Oak Island NC is mild. Average temperatures during the summer months are in the 80s for the high, and 60s and 70s for the low. Winter temperatures are around 55 degrees F. for the high and 35 degrees F. for the lows. The town receives about 5 inches of precipitation monthly with the exception of summer months where it rises to 6-9 inches. Expect about 10 inches of snow in the months of January and December.


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