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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.

People

Total Population 7,199
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 25.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,848
Age of the Population 54

Families

% of people married 57.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,516
% Above Poverty Level 91.2%
% Below Poverty Level 8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $886
Median House Value $256,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0%
English 14.9%
Irish 14.6%

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

Oak Island Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles SW of Wilmington, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 131 miles S of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Brunswick
Metro Area Wilmington
Standard Zip Codes 28461, 28465
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.916
Longitude -78.161

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)

Station SOUTHPORT 5 N
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 60.9 inches
Station LONGWOOD
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.9 inches
Station WILMINGTON 7 N
Distance 31 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Oak Island, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bald Head (28461)

Bald Head Isl (28461)

Fort Caswell (28465)

Long Beach (28465)

Sunny Point Military Ocean T (28465)

Yaupon Beach (28465)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bald Head Island 205 $96,042
Boiling Spring Lakes 5,610 $42,304
Bolivia 310 $48,125
Caswell Beach 387 $96,250
Holden Beach 955 $79,286
Southport 3,154 $77,063

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

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