Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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.

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High Points

Kill Devil Hills strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 13% Kill Devil Hills Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 16% Kill Devil Hills Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Comparing Kill Devil Hills to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 6 9
Age of the Population 5 4
Well-Paid Single Women 5 7
Senior Citizens 3 2
Racial Diversity 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 4
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 9
People in Middle Class or Better 6 8
People Above Poverty 6 8
Median Family Income 5 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 9
Short Commute Times 7 8
Public Transportation Use 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 4
People Living Alone 5 4
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 3 5
Low Property Crime 1 3

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Kill Devil Hills Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,897 100%
Male 3,021 51.2%
Female 2,876 48.8%
Under 18 1,233 20.9%
18+ 4,664 79.1%
65+ 630 10.7%
Median Age 36.7
Average Family Size 2.77
White 5,685 96.4%
African-American 36 0.6%
Asian 35 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.2%
Other 62 1.1%
Mixed Race 62 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 174 3%

Estimated Kill Devil Hills Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,550
Growth 653
Growth % 11.1%

Kill Devil Hills Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 20.6%
German 15.2%
US/American 12.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.8%
Irish 10.4%
Italian 5.7%
Scottish 3.6%
French (except Basque) 3.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.9%
Polish 2%
French Canadian 1.3%
Norwegian 1.1%
Dutch 0.9%
Welsh 0.9%
Swedish 0.8%
Czechoslovakian 0.8%
British 0.7%
European 0.6%
Slovak 0.5%
Belgian 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.3%
African 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Kill Devil Hills 5,897 $44,681
Kitty Hawk 2,991 $48,676
Manteo 1,052 $40,139
Nags Head 2,700 $61,302
Southern Shores 2,201 $68,250
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