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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-
Oak Island is a town in North Carolina with a population of 7,612. Oak Island is in Brunswick County. Living in Oak Island offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Oak Island there are a lot of parks. Many retirees live in Oak Island and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Oak Island are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$258,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,076
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    253.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,040.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,826.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    88.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    5%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    7%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    24%
  • 65+ years
    32%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Oak Island

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,778
National
$55,322
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Oak Island Reviews

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Oak Island is a nice quiet area to retire in. It has a load of live oaks across the Island, yet walking distance to the beach or intracoastal waterway. Beautiful walks whichever way you go and bicycling at its best. It is starting to become more modern with some nice initiatives by the governing bodies (a new Publix on the Island to open this year 2020) to make it even more amenable to its residents and vacationers. Home prices are better than many beach resorts and the Island has municipal water AND now sewer (no more septic tanks). And for golfers, they have a wonderful public course (Oak Island Golf Club) on the Island. Check it out!
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It's a great town with a low crime rate! Locals and tourists alike enjoy the beach which stretches all along its south side. The island is known to be a great spot for small and local businesses to flourish! The island is without a doubt a great vacation spot as well as a town to settle down in.
Oak Island is nine miles of peacefulness forty-five minutes from Wilmington, North Carolina. To the south lies the Atlantic Ocean, whose waves you can hear at night no matter where you are on the island. North has the serene Cape Fear Waterway, teeming with life of both freshwater and saltwater wildlife. With several scenic parks and walkways, Oak Island is a relaxing vacation destination. Being an island, it is also a seafood hotspot including restaurants such as Island Way, Tranquil Harbor, and Oak Island Restaurant. All of which use local seafood caught fresh off our coast. The town also includes several children's parks, a small skate park, and ball fields and Oak Island Jungle golf for family entertainment.