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Overview

Introduction to Oak Island, North Carolina

Oak Island, North Carolina, in Brunswick county, is 24 miles SW of Wilmington, North Carolina and 131 miles S of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town is part of the Wilmington metropolitan statistical area.

Oak Island History

Oak Island was settled by European in the early 19th century, with development beginning in 1826. Fort Caswell was built on the eastern portion of the island in 1838, and the Oak Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1889. The area became popular for fox hunting, and development of the rest of the island did not begin until the late 1930s. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel destroyed most of Oak Island, as only five buildings were left standing after the storm. However, Oak Island recovered in a short time and the Towns of Yaupon Beach and Long Beach were incorporated in 1955.

Oak Island and nearby Attractions

  • Brunswick Town State Historic Site
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Cape Fear Museum
  • Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
  • Oak Island Golf and Country Club

Things To Do In Oak Island

Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreational Area provide boating, fishing, hiking and swimming opportunities. Carolina Beach State Park is also popular as a picnic spot. The Cape Fear Museum is popular among those hoping to learn more about the social and cultural history of the area.

Oak Island Transportation

Flights are available from Wilmington International Airport.

Oak Island Higher Education

Cape Fear Community College, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Horry-Georgetown Technical College are some of the local colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,359
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens29%
Employed Population 16+2,883
Age of the Population56

Families

% of people married57.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,337
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,528
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,964

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,577
% Above Poverty Level91.3%
% Below Poverty Level8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone31.6%
Median Gross Rent$909
Median House Value$255,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.6%
English15.9%
Irish14.4%
Italian6%
Scottish4.2%
French Except Basque3.2%
Polish3%
Norwegian1%
Dutch0.9%
Russian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Czech0.7%
West Indian0.7%
Belizean0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
German0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Oak Island Almanac

CategoryValue
County Brunswick County
Standard Zip Codes28465
Phone Area Codes910
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.91
Approximate Longitude-78.1

Oak Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSOUTHPORT 5 N
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 71 F
Jul Temp70 to 88 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip60.9 inches
StationLONGWOOD
Distance23.3 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip54.9 inches
StationWILMINGTON 7 N
Distance31 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 75 F
Jul Temp70 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip58.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bald Head Island284$92,188
Boiling Spring Lakes5,703$54,500
Bolivia228$46,000
Caswell Beach416$110,250
Holden Beach1,135$89,375
Southport3,291$74,759
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