Nags Head, North Carolina

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Nags Head, North Carolina
—  Town  —
Location of Nags Head, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°55′55″N 75°36′54″W / 35.93194°N 75.61500°W / 35.93194; -75.61500Coordinates: 35°55′55″N 75°36′54″W / 35.93194°N 75.61500°W / 35.93194; -75.61500
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyDare
Area
 • Total6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Land6.5 sq mi (16.9 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation3 ft (1 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total2,757
 • Density413.2/sq mi (159.5/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code27959
Area code(s)252
FIPS code37-45880[1]
GNIS feature ID1021599[2]
Websitetownofnagshead.net
 
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Nags Head, North Carolina
—  Town  —
Location of Nags Head, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°55′55″N 75°36′54″W / 35.93194°N 75.61500°W / 35.93194; -75.61500Coordinates: 35°55′55″N 75°36′54″W / 35.93194°N 75.61500°W / 35.93194; -75.61500
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyDare
Area
 • Total6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Land6.5 sq mi (16.9 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation3 ft (1 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total2,757
 • Density413.2/sq mi (159.5/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code27959
Area code(s)252
FIPS code37-45880[1]
GNIS feature ID1021599[2]
Websitetownofnagshead.net
Historical populations
CensusPop.
1970414
19801,020146.4%
19901,83880.2%
20002,70046.9%
20102,7572.1%
sources:[3]

Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 2,757 at the 2010 census.[dated info]

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History[edit]

Early maps of the area show Nags Head as a promontory of land characterized by high sand dunes visible from miles at sea. The origin of the town's name is obscure but it may have been named after Nag's Head Island, an island in the River Thames in England at Abingdon.[citation needed] Another possible source of the name was in reference to the lights hung on mules' heads by "wreckers" who would lead ships to be shipwrecked near shore where the economically challenged could loot the ships of their valuables.

Around 1830,[4] Nags Head became known as a resort area, and so remains today. Jockey's Ridge is the last vestige of the sand dunes seen by the first explorers, as the area is now highly developed. The town incorporated in 1961.[5]

Geography[edit]

Nags Head is located at 35°55′55″N 75°36′54″W / 35.93194°N 75.61500°W / 35.93194; -75.61500 (35.932004, -75.615085).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), of which, 6.5 square miles (17 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.51%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 2,757 people, 1,223 households, and 741 families residing in the town. The population density was 413.2 people per square mile (159.4/km²). There were 4,884 housing units at an average density of 634.9 per square mile (244.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.6% White, 1.6% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 1,223 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.65.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $53,095, and the median income for a family was $61,302. Males had a median income of $33,289 versus $30,139 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,157. About 4.4% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions[edit]

Located in Nags Head is the largest sand dune on the East Coast, Jockey's Ridge. The sand dune has migrated over the years from wind and erosion, and has buried a miniature golf course along the way. Also buried is The Old Nags Head Hotel. The area surrounding Jockey's Ridge is good for biking, or hiking. Jockey's Ridge has been popular with Hang-gliders since the advent of the sport, as well as kite flyers and sand gliders. The Ridge includes an informative museum with exhibits on sand, weather, and area animals. The creatures outside are numerous and includes bird species, foxes, mice, squirrels, occasional deer and friendly wild rabbits. One of the most exciting features of the Ridge is its capriciousness. Annual visitors find that lagoons can spring up, and the sand can shift making for a fresh experience every time. From the top of the Ridge, the ocean as well as the sound can be seen. Jockey's Ridge has a sound beach on the Roanoke Sound side that visitors can swim in.

The Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is 1,092 acres (4.42 km2) and lies North of Jockey's Ridge and east of Roanoke Sound. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974.[7]

As in any other beach town, the ocean and shoreline are the major attractions, providing beaches for swimming, sunbathing, and a variety of water sports. A series of historic cottages overlook the beach in sections. There are three piers, Nags Head Pier, Jennette's Pier (destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and bought and renovated by the North Carolina Aquariums; it reopened in May 2011), and Outer Banks Pier which are popular for fishing. The town also features miniature golf courses and small amusement centers with go-karts and bumper cars for family entertainment.

Other attractions include various National Register of Historic Places in or near Nags Head, such as the following:

Landmark name[8]ImageDate listedLocationNotes
Bodie Island Lifesaving and Coast Guard StationBodie Island Lifesaving Station01979-02-09February 9, 1979S of Nags Head on NC 12
35°50′11″N 75°33′33″W / 35.83639°N 75.55917°W / 35.83639; -75.55917 (Bodie Island Lifesaving/Coast Guard Station)
Bodie Island Light StationBodie Island Light02003-07-04July 4, 2003Off NC 12
35°49′12″N 75°33′49″W / 35.82000°N 75.56361°W / 35.82000; -75.56361 (Bodie Island Light Station)
First Colony Inn01993-01-21January 21, 19936720 S. Virginia Dare Trail
35°55′6″N 75°36′13″W / 35.91833°N 75.60361°W / 35.91833; -75.60361 (First Colony Inn)
Markham-Albertson-Stinson Cottage02006-01-13January 13, 20064300 W. Soundside Rd.
35°56′45.51″N 75°37′45.93″W / 35.9459750°N 75.6294250°W / 35.9459750; -75.6294250 (Markham--Albertson--Stinson Cottage)
Destroyed by Hurricane Irene[9]
Mattie Midgett Store and House02004-12-23December 23, 20044008 S. Virginia Dare Trail
35°57′23″N 75°37′28″W / 35.95639°N 75.62444°W / 35.95639; -75.62444 (Midgett, Mattie, Store and House)
Nags Head Beach Cottages Historic District01977-08-19August 19, 1977U.S. 158
35°57′50″N 75°35′49″W / 35.96389°N 75.59694°W / 35.96389; -75.59694 (Nags Head Beach Cottages Historic District)
Sea Foam MotelSea Foam NRHP Dare Co NC.jpg02004-12-23December 23, 20047111 S. Virginia Dare Trail
35°54′37″N 75°35′47″W / 35.91028°N 75.59639°W / 35.91028; -75.59639 (Sea Foam Motel)
USS Huron01991-11-15November 15, 1991Address restricted

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nags Head Guide". 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Nags Head". Outer Banks of North Carolina. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "NPS: Explore Nature » National Natural Landmarks". National Park Service. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-24. 
  9. ^ http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/08/hurricane-irene/100138/

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