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Overview

Introduction to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina is 59 miles SE of Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is located in Dare county, and has a population of 5,897.

Kill Devil Hills History

In the colonial era, the area was the site of many shipwrecks. Several of these ships carried bottles of rum which were saved by locals and stored behind large sand dunes. According to tradition, the community was named because the rum hidden behind the hills was believed to be strong enough to kill the devil. The Wright brothers' first powered airplane flight took off from Kill Devil Hills in 1903. Kill Devil Hills was officially incorporated on March 6, 1953.

Kill Devil Hills and Nearby Attractions

  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Museum of the Albemarle
  • Nature Conservancy at Nags Head Woods
  • Montrose Gardens
  • Jockeys Ridge State Park

Things To Do In Kill Devil Hills

The town is home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, a historic site built in commemoration of the Wright brothers' four powered airplane flights in 1903. Bodie Island Visitor Center, the Museum of the Albemarle, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Elizabeth II Historic Site are some of the museums and historic sites in the area. The Jockeys Ridge State Park includes sand dunes and offers facilities for hang gliding, picnicking, sail boarding, and sand boarding. Montrose Gardens, and the North Carolina Aquarium - Manteo are other popular destinations in the region.

Kill Devil Hills Transportation

Norfolk International Airport is the closest major airport.

Kill Devil Hills Higher Education

Colleges near Kill Devil Hills are Elizabeth City State University, College of the Albemarle, and Roanoke Bible College.

People

Total Population 6,881
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,924
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,981
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,130
Median House Value $240,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.8%
US/American 0%
English 23.4%
Irish 20.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kill Devil Hills Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 59 miles SE of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County Dare
Standard Zip Codes 27948
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.03
Longitude -75.676

Kill Devil Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MANTEO AP
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 52 F
Apr Temp 51 to 69 F
Jul Temp 72 to 86 F
Oct Temp 57 to 71 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Station COLUMBIA
Distance 34 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Station ELIZABETH CITY
Distance 35.3 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kitty Hawk 3,362 $58,098
Manteo 1,522 $55,862
Nags Head 2,825 $76,250
Southern Shores 2,789 $100,757

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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