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Dare County

Dare County is home to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Roanoke Island Marshes Lighthouse which is located on the Manteo Waterfront.   A monument to the successful First Flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903 is located in Kill Devil Hills and the Icarus Monument to Flight is in Kitty Hawk.  The 16th Century Ship Replica at Roanoke Island Festival Park, Fort Raleigh Historic Site, The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama and The Elizabethan Gardens are a tribute to the early English settlements in the New World. Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head is home to the World’s Largest Hang Gliding School and other attractions such as the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head are popular with families.The area’s number one draw is the ocean and over 100 miles of beautiful beaches.  The Outer Banks has also been dubbed the "Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing Capital of the East Coast." The steady and consistent winds, temperate weather, shallow sound waters and rolling ocean waves – all provide great opportunities for both novices and extreme sport enthusiasts alike.  Other sports such as fishing, running, bicycling, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing, and skydiving are also popular. 

Dare County covers an area of 800 square miles, of which 391 square miles is land. The elevation of Dare County is 11.3 feet. Located in the northeast section of the state, it is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean; Pamlico, Croatan, and Albemarle Sounds; and Hyde and Tyrrell Counties.

Dare County was formed in 1870 and is named in honor of Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in America. The County contains much of what is known as North Carolina's "Outer Banks" resort and vacation areas and contains approximately two-thirds of the North Carolina coastline. The main switchboard of the Dare County offices can be reached at (252) 475-5000 or on-line at www.darenc.com.

Dare County Airport

Dare County Regional Airport is a public airport located one mile northwest of the central business district of Manteo, a town in Dare County, North Carolina, USA. This general aviation airport covers 340 acres and has two runways.

(Private charter services to and from the Outer Banks as well as information on the Norfolk International Airport which is the closest international airport, can be found in the chamber's membership directory: www.outerbankschamber.com/members )

Dare County Town Population Estimates 

Dare     34,216    
  Duck   372    
  Kill Devil Hills   6,750    
  Kitty Hawk   3,296    
  Manteo   1,453    
  Nags Head   2,773    
  Southern Shores   2,743    


Cost of Living

Cost of Living Index
First Quarter 2016

Grocery 100.7
Housing 103.4
Utilities 113.3
Transportation 97.3
Healthcare 105.7
Mis. Goods & Services 114.7
Composite Index 107.2

Dare County Tax Rates By District Can Be Found at http://www.darenc.com/tax/TaxRates.asp 

Other Dare County tax rates and information can be found at: http://www.darenc.com/public/maintax.asp 

Statewide County and Municipal Tax Rates can be found at: http://www.dor.state.nc.us/publications/propertyrates.html 


Dare County Facts at a Glance: http://accessnc.commerce.state.nc.us/docs/countyProfile/NC/37055.pdf  

Currituck County Facts  at a Glance: http://accessnc.commerce.state.nc.us/docs/countyProfile/NC/37053.pdf 


Currituck County

Currituck County was established around 1668. It was one of the five original ports for North Carolina and one of the original counties. The Currituck County Courthouse and Jail are two of the oldest buildings in North Carolina. The original Courthouse was constructed in 1723. This building was replaced in 1842, was renovated and housed the County's government offices until the new Governmental Center - North was completed in 1998. In 1776, the Colonial Legislature granted permission to build a jail in Currituck County. The Currituck County Jail is one of the five oldest jails in North Carolina.

The word Currituck in the Algonquian Indian language means "The Land of the Wild Goose." The abundant waters, marshes, and woods still available in the County enable Currituck to enjoy a national and international reputation as a "Sportsman's Paradise." One of the oldest hunt clubs in the County is the Currituck Shooting Club, organized in the 1850's. Another outstanding Currituck hunt club was the Whalehead Club. It was built in the 1920's by the wealthy industrialist Edward C. Knight at a cost $400,000 to construct.

Whalehead in Corolla s a restored 1920s residence now operating as a historic house museum. With the architecture and design centering heavily around Art Nouveau, the museum boasts many original furnishings and decorative items including Tiffany lamps, Louis Majorelle furnishings, and Royal Copenhagen figurines. The Whalehead Club has been restored to its original splendor, including the copper roof, matchstick or “corduroy” wall coverings and cork floorings. Several tours of the facility are available emcompassing the history of the house, the Nights and their servants, as well as maritime history, local history and the architecture and operations of this 23,000 square foot five floor home. The Whalehead Club is open year round 9-5 Monday-Saturday.www.visitwhalehead.com/

Next to Whalehead in Corolla stands two additional restored structures, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keeper's House. The red brick lighthouse located in Corolla is made up of over 1 million bricks and has 214 steps to the top. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was the last lighthouse to be built on the North Carolina coast. The lighthouse is the original structure and towers 163 feet in the air. It was first lit on December 1, 1865. Tours of the lighthouse are held daily during the Summer season.</p>

The main switchboard of Currituck County can be reached at (252) 232-2075 or on-line at www.co.currituck.nc.us

Currituck County Airport:

Currituck County Airport
(unattended, no lights or facilities) 
Publicly owned, public use general aviation airport with access of US Highway 158 approximately 6 miles from the conjunction with NC Highway 168. The concrete runway is 4,000 feet long and 150 feet wide. (252) 232-2075.www.co.currituck.nc.us/Airport.html


Annual Snowfall   8

Annual Rainfall    54

Average Annual Temperature   59

Average Annual High Temperature     70

Average Annual Low Temperature    47

2014 Median Household Income for Dare................... $63,629

2014  Per Capita lncome for Dare ..............................$32,135

Currituck County 2014

Median Household Income ................$70,882

2014 Per Capita Income ..............................$26,529


Dare County

2014 Housing  Units ...............................................35,035 

Currituck County 2014 

Housing  Units ............................................... 15,252



Currituck County Tax Rates can be found at: http://www.co.currituck.nc.us/currituck-county.cfm 


Ocracoke Island


Ocracoke Island is the southernmost town within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The entire island is owned by the National Park Service, except for the village. It is the most remote inhabited island of the Outer Banks and can be reached by ferry from Hatteras Village, Swan Quarter or Cedar Island. The island is 13 miles long, 2 miles wide and located in Hyde County.

Origin of Name

The origin of the name is unclear. Some think the name is linked to the Algonquian word "waxihikami" which means enclosed place, fort or stockade. Over the years, on old maps, the spelling seems to change from Wokokon, Woccocon, Occacock, Ocacoe, Ocacock, Occacock, Ocreecock, and now Ocracoke. Others tie the name with Blackbeard the Pirate. It is said that Blackbeard, waiting for the fateful dawn of November 22, 1718, prayed in vain "O Crow Cock! O Crow Cock!" in hopes of escaping his pursuers.


Ocracoke Pony Pens, Ocracoke Lighthouse, tied to Edward Teach or "Blackbeard the Pirate", natural beach and nature trails.

The climate of Ocracoke Island is tempered by the Gulf Stream with an average annual rainfall of 53 inches, average January temperature of 44 degrees, and average July temperature of 79 degrees.


Population in 2010: 948.
Males: 502 (53.0%)
Females: 446 (47.0%)
Median resident age: 38.2 years
North Carolina median age: 45.5 years

Estimated median household income in 2012: $48,345
Ocracoke: $48,345
NC: $45,150
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $25,697

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $384,827
NC: $150,100
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $471,075; Detached houses: $471,075
Median gross rent in 2012: $929.

Hyde County is governed by a board of five commissioners, each representing a district, but elected at large for four years with staggered terms of office. The Hyde County Manager's Office can be reached at (252) 926-9171 or (888)493-3826.

Ocracoke Airstrip

(unattended, no lights or facilities) 
Maintained by the National Park Service, Ocracoke Airstrip is unattended with no lights. Runway: 3,000 feet. Pay telephone and parking on-site. (252) 995-3646.

The Ocracoke Library is located beside the Ocracoke Fire Station on Back Road.


Workforce Statistics. Three Counties (Curituck, Dare, Hyde) Combined:

Population (2015) 66,011
Jobs (2015) 32,502
Average Earnings (2015) $36,545
Unemployed (April 2015) 2,052
GRP (2013) $2,761,398,323
Exports (2013) $3,150,673,032
Imports (2013) $3,761,968,371

Jobs By Category

Accommodation and Food Services 5,626
Administrative and Support and Waste Mgmt 1,600
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 723
Construction 2,643
Crop and Animal Production 981
Educational Services 654
Finance and Insurance 656
Government 5,131
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,661
Information 194
Management of Companies and Enterprises 39
Manufacturing 795
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 34
Other Services (except Public Administration) 1,439
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 798
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 3,409
Retail Trade 5,210
Transportation and Warehousing 265
Utilities 80
Wholesale Trade 564

Source: Northeastern Workforce Development Board

Top Employers (2015 - 4th Quarter)

Rank Company Industry Employment Range
1 Dare County Schools
2 County Of Dare
3 Carolina Designs Realty Inc
4 Vidant Medical Center
5 Nc Dept Of Transportation
6 Village Realty
7 Food Lion Trade
8 Wal-Mart Associates Inc Trade
9 Spm Resorts Inc
10 Trion Solutions Ii Inc.
11 Spencer Yachts Inc
12 Wyndham Vacation Rentals
13 Mcdonalds
14 Harris Teeter Trade
15 Nc Dept Of Cultural Resources
16 Town Of Kill Devil Hills
17 Home Depot Usa Inc
18 National Park Service
19 Town Of Nags Head
20 Lowes Home Centers Inc Trade
21 Sun Realty
22 K Mart Corporation
23 Sanderling Resort & Spa
24 Hubbell Industrial Controls Inc
25 Ymca Of South Hampton Roads


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