Topsail Beach, situated in Pender County, is a small town made up of 5.9 square miles.
November 1, 2017
Topsail Beach is thought to have been founded by gangs of pirates. Islands near the town were used during Operation Bumblebee, which was a drill carried out by the Navy to test missile launches.
The town was incorporated in 1963.
The median resident age in Topsail Beach is 61 years. The median estimated household income is about $64,000 making it about $16,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $45,000. The average price for a home in Topsail Beach is about $455,000 (2015) which is $295,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,100 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Topsail Beach is 96% White, 2% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 96% of the population are high school graduates, with 61% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 69% are married, 9% are divorced, 1% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 15% that have never been married.
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Topsail Beach 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 Topsail Beach, NC is about 400. The population has seen a slight decrease since 2000.
The elevation of Topsail Beach, NC is seven feet above sea level.
The zip code for Topsail Beach, NC is 28445.
The area code for Topsail Beach, NC is 910.
Historically speaking Topsail Beach and Pender 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 Topsail Beach is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.
Construction, public administration, technical services, and wholesale trade make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Pender-Topsail Post & Voice is the primary newspaper that covers the Pender County area.