Surf City, NC

Surf City, situated in Pender County and Onslow County, is a small town made up of 5.3 square miles.

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The median resident age in Surf City is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $65,000 making it about $17,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $39,000. The average price for a home in Surf City is about $325,000 (2015) which is $165,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,200 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Surf City is 94% White, 3% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 95% of the population are high school graduates, with 40% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.  

60% are married, 10% are divorced, 1% are separated, 4% are widowed, leaving 25% that have never been married.

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Pender County

Surf City mostly belongs to Pender County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after William Dorsey Pender (Confederate general), is part of the Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pender County has a population of 52,000 and its largest town Burgaw, with a population of 3,900, is the county seat.

Pender County, NC was formed from part of New Hanover County in the late 1800's. In the 1870's votes were held to change the county seat from Cowan to its current county seat Burgaw. Pender County borders New Hanover, Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, Sampson, Onslow and Duplin counties.

Pender County is made up of 933 square miles. 870 of which is land with the remaining 63 as water.


The population of Surf City, NC is about 1,900. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1970's.


The elevation of Surf City, NC is 21 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Surf City, NC are 28445 and 28443.

Area Code

The area code for Surf City, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Surf City and Pender County and Onslow County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% 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 32% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 4%.


The unemployment rate for Surf City is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Construction and public administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Pender-Topsail Post & Voice and JD News are the primary newspapers that cover the Pender County and Onslow County area.


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