Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
The Atlantic Beach water tower
The Atlantic Beach water tower
Official seal of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Motto(s): 
"North Carolina's Crystal Coast"
Location of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Location of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Atlantic Beach is located in North Carolina
Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach is located in the United States
Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach is located in North America
Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach
Coordinates: 34°42′2″N 76°44′27″W / 34.70056°N 76.74083°W / 34.70056; -76.74083Coordinates: 34°42′2″N 76°44′27″W / 34.70056°N 76.74083°W / 34.70056; -76.74083
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyCarteret
Area
 • Total2.62 sq mi (6.79 km2)
 • Land2.34 sq mi (6.06 km2)
 • Water0.28 sq mi (0.73 km2)
Elevation
10 ft (3 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,495
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
1,512
 • Density646.43/sq mi (249.58/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28512
Area code(s)252
FIPS code37-02500[3]
GNIS feature ID1006110[4]
Websitewww.atlanticbeach-nc.com

Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. It is one of the five communities located on Bogue Banks. The population was 1,495 at the 2010 census.[5]

History[edit]

The idea of Atlantic Beach was first envisioned in the 1870s by Appleton Oaksmith. However, construction did not begin until 1887. In 1928, a bridge was built, connecting Atlantic Beach to Morehead City.[6]

Fort Macon and Queen Anne's Revenge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]

The United States Coast Guard homeports several cutters in Atlantic Beach.[8][9][10]

Geography[edit]

Atlantic Beach is located at 34°42′2″N 76°44′27″W / 34.70056°N 76.74083°W / 34.70056; -76.74083 (34.700455, -76.740814)[11] on the eastern portion of Bogue Banks, a barrier island on the Atlantic coast. The town is bordered to the south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north by Bogue Sound, which separates it from the mainland. To the east is Fort Macon State Park, occupying the eastern end of Bogue Banks and overlooking Beaufort Inlet, while to the west is the town of Pine Knoll Shores.

Atlantic Beach is connected to the mainland by the Atlantic Beach Causeway to Morehead City. North Carolina Highway 58 leads west from Atlantic Beach, running the length of Bogue Banks to Emerald Isle.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Atlantic Beach has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), of which 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 12.87%, is water.[5]

Climate[edit]

Atlantic Beach has a subtropical climate, like much of the Southeastern United States, characterized by short, relatively mild winters and long, hot, and humid summers. Daytime summer temperatures average around 89 °F (32 °C) and in winter, daytime temperatures average around 57 °F (14 °C). Summers in Atlantic Beach are cooler than a lot of cities within the southeastern region of the United States, primarily because of its close location to the ocean, and winters similarly see less extreme temperatures. The highest recorded temperature was 107 °F (42 °C) in 1952, and the lowest recorded temperature was 1 °F (−17 °C) in 1985. Rainfall is abundant throughout the year, with the wettest month being August, with an average total of 7.55 inches (192 millimeters).

Climate data for ATLANTIC BEACH WTP, NC, 1991-2020 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 53.7
(12.1)
54.6
(12.6)
60.8
(16.0)
68.1
(20.1)
76.3
(24.6)
82.5
(28.1)
86.2
(30.1)
85.8
(29.9)
82.5
(28.1)
74.3
(23.5)
65.1
(18.4)
57.1
(13.9)
70.6
(21.4)
Daily mean °F (°C) 46.2
(7.9)
47.4
(8.6)
53.5
(11.9)
61.7
(16.5)
70.1
(21.2)
77.4
(25.2)
81.0
(27.2)
80.3
(26.8)
76.5
(24.7)
67.3
(19.6)
57.7
(14.3)
49.8
(9.9)
64.1
(17.8)
Average low °F (°C) 38.7
(3.7)
40.1
(4.5)
46.2
(7.9)
55.3
(12.9)
63.9
(17.7)
72.4
(22.4)
75.8
(24.3)
74.8
(23.8)
70.6
(21.4)
60.3
(15.7)
50.3
(10.2)
42.5
(5.8)
57.6
(14.2)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 22.1
(−5.5)
24.6
(−4.1)
30.7
(−0.7)
40.4
(4.7)
51.4
(10.8)
63.8
(17.7)
68.1
(20.1)
68.4
(20.2)
59.9
(15.5)
45.4
(7.4)
33.6
(0.9)
29.1
(−1.6)
19.5
(−6.9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.23
(107)
3.70
(94)
3.35
(85)
3.99
(101)
4.50
(114)
3.91
(99)
5.72
(145)
7.10
(180)
9.65
(245)
4.20
(107)
3.94
(100)
4.68
(119)
58.97
(1,498)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.9 10.6 9.1 8.6 8.6 10.1 10.2 12.7 10.7 7.8 8.7 12.3 120.3
Source: NOAA[12][13]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
195049
19607655.1%
1970300294.7%
1980941213.7%
19901,938106.0%
20001,781−8.1%
20101,495−16.1%
2020 (est.)1,512[2]1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
Atlantic Beach, summer 2006

2020 census[edit]

Atlantic Beach racial composition[15]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,302 95.45%
Asian 2 0.15%
Other/Mixed 34 2.49%
Hispanic or Latino 26 1.91%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,364 people, 934 households, and 447 families residing in the town.

2008[edit]

As of the census of 2008, there were 1,815 people, 971 households, and 498 families residing in the town. The population density was 831.0 inhabitants per square mile (320.9/km2). There were 4,728 housing units at an average density of 2,206.0 per square mile (853.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.03% White, 0.62% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.00% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 971 households, out of which 11.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.7% were non-families. 39.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.82 and the average family size was 2.33.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 9.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 38.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females, there were 112.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,313, and the median income for a family was $52,411. Males had a median income of $32,045 versus $24,706 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,339. 7.3% of the population and 5.3% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.8% are under the age of 18 and 1.5% are 65 or older.

Atlantic Beach is a popular destination for tourists and fishermen during the fall, spring and summer. Much of its economy is driven by restaurants, hotels and other attractions such as Fort Macon State Park.

(Media/television) Featured on a (Christmas Themed) Rescue 9-1-1- Episode in a segment titled "Christmas Bulb Choke" where a baby chokes on a metallic top of the Christmas bulb, Episode #612.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Atlantic Beach town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "History of Bogue Banks". Carteret County, North Carolina. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Accepts 27th Fast Response Cutter, USCGC Richard Snyder". DefPost. 2018-02-10. Archived from the original on 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-10. USCGC Richard Snyder will be the first Sentinel-class cutter (FRC) stationed in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and will be commissioned in April.
  9. ^ "Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder arrives at new homeport in Atlantic Beach, NC". Coast Guard News. Atlantic Beach. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2019-08-19. Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, the oldest commissioned cutter in the Coast Guard’s fleet, led the Richard Snyder into port.
  10. ^ "A new breath of life: Cutter Maple moves to homeport in Atlantic Beach, NC". Coast Guard Mid Atlantic. 2018-11-23. Retrieved 2019-08-19. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple has arrived at its new homeport at Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The Maple is a 225-foot Juniper-class buoy tender, and is the replacement for the Cutter Elm, which will be relocated to Astoria, Ore.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  13. ^ "Summary of Monthly Normals 1991-2020". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-24.

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Preceded by Beaches of Southeastern North Carolina Succeeded by