Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Population 2024

2,404

Wrightsville Beach is a city located in New Hanover County North Carolina. Wrightsville Beach has a 2024 population of 2,404. Wrightsville Beach is currently declining at a rate of -0.66% annually and its population has decreased by -2.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,467 in 2020.

The average household income in Wrightsville Beach is $186,564 with a poverty rate of 6.9%. The median age in Wrightsville Beach is 52.7 years: 52.4 years for males, and 53.4 years for females.

Wrightsville Beach Demographics

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

  • White: 96.42%
  • Two or more races: 1.79%
  • Black or African American: 1.4%
  • Asian: 0.25%
  • Native American: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
1.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,723.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.55% (-63)
The current population of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is 2,404 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 2,467.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White2,74696.42%
Two or more races511.79%
Black or African American401.4%
Asian70.25%
Native American40.14%
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

Wrightsville Beach Population by Race

Wrightsville Beach Population Pyramid 2024

Wrightsville Beach Median Age

52.7

Total

52.4

Male

53.4

Female

Wrightsville Beach Adults

There are 2,485 adults, (748 of whom are seniors) in Wrightsville Beach.

Wrightsville Beach Age Dependency

64

Age Dependency Ratio

43.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

20.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Wrightsville Beach Sex Ratio

Female1,23543.36%
Male1,61356.64%

Wrightsville Beach Population by Age

Wrightsville Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,3262.177.522.5
Married6772.6788.811.2
Non Family6191.4766.233.8
Male152.676040
Female15246.753.3

2.66

Average Family Size

2.1

Average Household Size

77.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Wrightsville Beach Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade90.42%
Associates Degree1376.35%
Bachelors Degree1,05448.82%
Graduate Degree49522.93%
High School Graduate24511.35%
Less Than 9th Grade170.79%
Some College2029.36%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Wrightsville Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wrightsville Beach Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White2,0792,0751,530
2+ Races49320
Black201515
Hispanic15150
Asian770
Native American444

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 native american people with a rate of 100%.

Wrightsville Beach Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$75,962$151,429$53,167
Graduate Degree$136,944$250,001$75,444
High School Graduate$71,985$80,278$0
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
Overall$76,338$118,750$64,435
Some College$62,321$0$63,533

$76,338

Average Earnings

$118,750

Average Male

$64,435

Average Female

Wrightsville Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wrightsville Beach Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Wrightsville Beach Language

96.62% of Wrightsville Beach residents speak only English, while 3.38% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.46% of the population.

Wrightsville Beach Language

Wrightsville Beach Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White2,6981686.23%
Multiple362363.89%

6.9%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.21%

Male Poverty Rate

3.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wrightsville Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wrightsville Beach is Multiple, with 63.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wrightsville Beach is White, with 6.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 10.71%.

Wrightsville Beach Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade46.15%
Some College12.35%
High School8.16%
Bachelors or Greater1.5%

Wrightsville Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed100%
Male Employed5.47%
Female Employed2.94%
Female Unemployed0%

Wrightsville Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wrightsville Beach Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$220,208$256,526
Households$125,074$186,564
Married Families$221,458$-999,999,999
Non Families$66,250$106,656

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Wrightsville Beach Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

55.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.7%

Male Marriage Rate

65.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Wrightsville Beach Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Wrightsville Beach 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 55-64.

Wrightsville Beach Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Wrightsville Beach Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

119

Number of Veterans

111

Male Veterans

8

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam35
First Gulf War11
Second Gulf War0
Korea0
World War II0

Wrightsville Beach Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
75+86
55 to 6418
65 to 7415
18 to 340
35 to 540

Wrightsville Beach Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1144.81%
Black5100%

Wrightsville Beach Veterans by Race

Wrightsville Beach Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

47.9%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wrightsville Beach Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

59.8%

Labor Force Participation

56.7%

Employment Rate

1.2%

Unemployment Rate

Wrightsville Beach Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Wrightsville Beach Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Wrightsville 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

49.86%

Born in Wrightsville Beach

95.68%

Native Born

4.32%

Foreign Born

0.95%

Non Citizen

3.37%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.68% of Wrightsville Beach residents were born in the United States, with 49.86% having been born in North Carolina. 0.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Wrightsville Beach Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20292,326-15-0.64%
20282,341-16-0.68%
20272,357-16-0.67%
20262,373-15-0.63%
20252,388-16-0.67%
20242,404-16-0.66%
20232,420-25-1.02%
20222,445-1-0.04%
20212,446-21-0.85%
20202,467-82-3.22%
20192,549-8-0.31%
20182,55710.04%
20172,556-3-0.12%
20162,55960.24%
20152,553100.39%
20142,543-2-0.08%
20132,545120.47%
20122,533261.04%
20112,507230.93%
20102,48400%

Wrightsville Beach Population by Year