Sunset Beach, North Carolina Population 2024

4,611

Sunset Beach is a city located in Brunswick County North Carolina. Sunset Beach has a 2024 population of 4,611. Sunset Beach is currently growing at a rate of 2.44% annually and its population has increased by 9.5% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,211 in 2020.

The average household income in Sunset Beach is $94,713 with a poverty rate of 5.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Sunset Beach is 66.8 years, 65.4 years for males, and 68.2 years for females.

Sunset Beach Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sunset Beach was:

  • White: 96.87%
  • Asian: 1.17%
  • Other race: 0.84%
  • Two or more races: 0.76%
  • Black or African American: 0.36%
  • Native American:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
6.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
681.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
9.5% (400)
The current population of Sunset Beach, North Carolina is 4,611 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 4,211.

Sunset Beach, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White4,05896.87%
Asian491.17%
Other race350.84%
Two or more races320.76%
Black or African American150.36%
Native American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Asian

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Sunset Beach Population by Race

Sunset Beach Population Pyramid 2024

Sunset Beach Median Age

66.8

Total

65.4

Male

68.2

Female

Sunset Beach Adults

There are 4,053 adults, (2,315 of whom are seniors) in Sunset Beach.

Sunset Beach Age Dependency

141

Age Dependency Ratio

133.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

7.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Sunset Beach Sex Ratio

Female2,49859.63%
Male1,69140.37%

Sunset Beach Population by Age

Sunset Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,2891.8385.914.1
Married1,0952.1693.26.8
Non Family9181.0476.623.4
Male1622.5290.79.3
Female1143.9684.215.8
showing: 5 rows

2.33

Average Family Size

1.83

Average Household Size

85.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sunset Beach Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Sunset Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sunset Beach Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among hispanic people with a rate of 100%.

Sunset Beach Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$41,959

Average Earnings

$53,648

Average Male

$40,330

Average Female

Sunset Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sunset Beach Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Sunset Beach Language

97.03% of Sunset Beach residents speak only English, while 2.97% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.88% of the population.

Sunset Beach Language

Sunset Beach Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White4,0582275.59%
Hispanic17741.18%
Other35720%
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5.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

3.19%

Male Poverty Rate

7.21%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sunset Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sunset Beach is Hispanic, with 41.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sunset Beach is White, with 5.59% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was . Among those working part-time, it was 3.27%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 8.77%.

Sunset Beach Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School10.1%
Bachelors or Greater4.24%
Some College4.14%
Less Than 9th Grade
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Sunset Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed1.29%
Male Unemployed
Female Employed
Female Unemployed
showing: 4 rows

Sunset Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sunset Beach Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sunset Beach Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

60.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

76.7%

Male Marriage Rate

48.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Sunset Beach Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Sunset Beach Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Sunset Beach Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sunset Beach Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

383

Number of Veterans

335

Male Veterans

48

Female Veterans

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Sunset Beach Veterans by War

count

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Sunset Beach Veterans by Age

count

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Sunset Beach Veterans by Race

Sunset Beach Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.81%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sunset Beach Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

35.8%

Labor Force Participation

34.3%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Sunset Beach Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Sunset Beach Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Sunset Beach 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

22.25%

Born in Sunset Beach

96.85%

Native Born

3.15%

Foreign Born

0.53%

Non Citizen

2.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.85% of Sunset Beach residents were born in the United States, with 22.25% having been born in North Carolina. 0.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from North America.

Sunset Beach Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20295,1611102.18%
20285,0511102.23%
20274,9411102.28%
20264,8311102.33%
20254,7211102.39%
20244,6111102.44%
20234,5011102.51%
20224,3911102.57%
20214,281701.66%
20204,2111634.03%
20194,048791.99%
20183,969601.53%
20173,909551.43%
20163,854982.61%
20153,756471.27%
20143,709391.06%
20133,670441.21%
20123,626250.69%
20113,601210.59%
20103,580
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Sunset Beach Population by Year