Southern Shores, NC

Southern Shores, situated in Dare County, is a small town made up of 4.2 square miles.

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Southern Shores was originally a part of Kitty Hawk, before being founded as its own town in 1946. The town was incorporated in 1979. 


The median resident age in Southern Shores is 57 years. The median estimated household income is about $90,000 making it about $42,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $45,000. The average price for a home in Southern Shores is about $452,000 (2015) which is $292,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Southern Shores is 97% White, 1% Hispanic, 1% Two or More Races, and 1% other. 97% of the population are high school graduates, with 51% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 69% are married, 7% are divorced, 1% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 18% that have never been married.

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Dare County

Southern Shores 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 Southern Shores, NC is about 2,800. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Southern Shores, NC is 20 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Southern Shores, NC is 27949.

Area Code

The area code for Southern Shores, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Southern Shores 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 32% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 5%.


The unemployment rate for Southern Shores is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average. Retail, real estate, construction, and food services 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.


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