Surf City, North Carolina

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Surf City, North Carolina

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High Points

Surf City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):

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Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Surf City Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Surf City Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Surf City College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Surf City, North Carolina

Comparing Surf City 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
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 10
Senior Citizens 6 6
Racial Diversity 5 1
Female Share of the Population 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 7
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 4 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 8
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Public Transportation Use 5 5
Short Commute Times 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 9
People Living Alone 8 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
Affordability of Rents 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 3 6
Low Property Crime 1 1

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Surf City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NE of Wilmington, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Onslow
Metro Area Jacksonville
Standard Zip Codes 28445
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.38
Longitude -77.6

Surf City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 58.4 inches
Station WILLARD 4 SW
Distance 31.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 54.2 inches
Station WARSAW 5 E
Distance 49.5 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.5 inches
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Surf City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,393 100%
Male 704 50.5%
Female 689 49.5%
Under 18 175 12.6%
18+ 1,218 87.4%
65+ 227 16.3%
Median Age 48.1
Average Family Size 2.51
White 1,362 97.8%
African-American 6 0.4%
Asian 10 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 3 0.2%
Mixed Race 9 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 14 1%

Estimated Surf City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,716
Growth 323
Growth % 23.2%

Surf City 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
US/American 30.1%
Irish 14.8%
English 14.4%
German 12.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
Scotch-Irish 5.5%
Italian 2.9%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
Scottish 2.2%
Canadian 1.1%
Dutch 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
British 0.7%
Finnish 0.7%
Celtic 0.5%
Polish 0.5%
Swedish 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
European 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Surf City 1,393 $48,854
Burgaw 3,337 $36,813
Holly Ridge 831 $26,979
North Topsail Beach 843 $53,125
Topsail Beach 471 $64,167
Wilmington 75,838 $41,891
Wrightsville Beach 2,593 $71,641
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