Oak Island, North Carolina Population 2024

10,161

Oak Island is a city located in Brunswick County North Carolina. Oak Island has a 2024 population of 10,161. Oak Island is currently growing at a rate of 4.31% annually and its population has increased by 19.78% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 8,483 in 2020.

The average household income in Oak Island is $116,549 with a poverty rate of 9.1%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Oak Island is 60.7 years, 60.7 years for males, and 60.8 years for females.

Oak Island Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Oak Island was:

  • White: 94.92%
  • Two or more races: 3.04%
  • Black or African American: 1.04%
  • Asian: 0.92%
  • Native American: 0.08%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
19.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
527.20/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
19.78% (1,678)
The current population of Oak Island, North Carolina is 10,161 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 8,483.

Oak Island, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White8,12994.92%
Two or more races2603.04%
Black or African American891.04%
Asian790.92%
Native American70.08%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%
Other race00%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Oak Island Population by Race

Oak Island Population Pyramid 2024

Oak Island Median Age

60.7

Total

60.7

Male

60.8

Female

Oak Island Adults

There are 7,853 adults, (3,209 of whom are seniors) in Oak Island.

Oak Island Age Dependency

84.4

Age Dependency Ratio

69.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

15.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Oak Island Sex Ratio

Female4,41051.49%
Male4,15448.51%

Oak Island Population by Age

Oak Island Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All4,0482.1286.413.6
Married2,3622.438911
Non Family1,3861.2283.516.5
Female1974.1582.217.8
Male1033.1774.825.2

2.5

Average Family Size

2.12

Average Household Size

86.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Oak Island Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade720.95%
9th to 12th Grade1962.58%
High School Graduate1,66721.98%
Some College1,67122.04%
Associates Degree88311.64%
Bachelors Degree1,88424.85%
Graduate Degree1,21015.96%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Oak Island Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Oak Island Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White7,2516,9932,976
2+ Races15915961
Asian797957
Hispanic79799
Black77670
Native American440

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 72.15%.

Oak Island Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$41,753$45,859$40,919
Less Than 9th Grade$23,068$0$0
High School Graduate$32,917$34,773$28,672
Some College$36,986$37,668$36,713
Bachelors Degree$65,081$67,457$58,125
Graduate Degree$62,379$69,286$61,940

$41,753

Average Earnings

$45,859

Average Male

$40,919

Average Female

Oak Island Earnings by Educational Attainment

Oak Island Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Oak Island Language

98.38% of Oak Island residents speak only English, while 1.62% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.79% of the population.

Oak Island Language

Oak Island Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White8,0976958.58%
Multiple2603613.85%
Black892932.58%
Asian791822.78%
Hispanic1031211.65%

9.1%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.7%

Male Poverty Rate

9.48%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Oak Island

The race most likely to be in poverty in Oak Island is Black, with 32.58% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Oak Island is White, with 8.58% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 8.87%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.72%.

Oak Island Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade53.36%
High School18.3%
Some College6.42%
Bachelors or Greater4.04%

Oak Island Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed9.33%
Male Employed4.32%
Female Employed2.8%
Female Unemployed0%

Oak Island Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Oak Island Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$85,513$116,549
Families$97,481$133,274
Married Families$104,545$-999,999,999
Non Families$44,097$79,916

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Oak Island Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

64.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

65.5%

Male Marriage Rate

62.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Oak Island Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Oak Island Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Oak Island Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Oak Island Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

960

Number of Veterans

881

Male Veterans

79

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam322
First Gulf War235
Second Gulf War202
Korea44
World War II0

Oak Island Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+260
55 to 64236
35 to 54226
65 to 74221
18 to 3417

Oak Island Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White94412.59%
Black1617.98%

Oak Island Veterans by Race

Oak Island Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.88%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25%

Veteran Disability Rate

Oak Island Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

48.5%

Labor Force Participation

46.1%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Oak Island Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Oak Island Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Oak Island Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

43.18%

Born in Oak Island

97.56%

Native Born

2.44%

Foreign Born

0.39%

Non Citizen

2.06%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.56% of Oak Island residents were born in the United States, with 43.18% having been born in North Carolina. 0.39% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Oak Island Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202912,2584193.54%
202811,8394203.68%
202711,4194193.81%
202611,0004203.97%
202510,5804194.12%
202410,1614204.31%
20239,7414194.49%
20229,3224254.78%
20218,8974144.88%
20208,483931.11%
20198,3902923.61%
20188,0982973.81%
20177,8012192.89%
20167,5822032.75%
20157,3791502.07%
20147,2291401.97%
20137,0891381.99%
20126,951670.97%
20116,884681%
20106,8162453.73%
20006,57100%

Oak Island Population by Year