Economic Profile

Carolina Beach is the perfect destination for those seeking a laid-back, rustic coastal lifestyle. In 2010, the 2.5 square miles of Carolina Beach was called home by 4,701 residents. Kure Beach has a population of 1,507. Management, sales, and construction positions are the most commonly held occupations, while educational, health, and social services are the premier dominating industries. According to the last U.S. census, the median household income was $44,882.

Major Employers

New Hanover Health Network Carolina/Kure Beach Overview of Area
2131 S. 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 343-7000

With more than 4700 employees in the region, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system serving southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. A teaching hospital, regional referral center, and Level 2 Trauma Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is joined in the network by Cape Fear...more about New Hanover Health Network

Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-2900

Duke Energy Progress owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,900 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.5 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in...more about Duke Energy Progress - Brunswick Plant

3901 Castle Hayne Rd
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 675-5000

Wilmington is fortunate to have a Fortune 500 company such as General Electric as one of its major employers. Housing components of both the nuclear energy business and aircraft engine business, the Castle Hayne facility employs more than 2000 people. In addition to providing stable, high-payng employment and benefits, the company...more about GE Wilmington

230 Government Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 798-7184

With more than 1300 employees, New Hanover County is one of the largest local employers. Five commissioners govern New Hanover County and appoint a county manager to serve as chief executive officer. The county serves its citizens through nearly 30 departments. In 2011, the US Census estimated the county's population at...more about New Hanover County Government

6410 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 763-5431

New Hanover County's public school system is one of the largest employers in the region. With 43 schools, the district employs approximately 3700 people in the areas of instruction, administration and support positions. Open positions can be viewed on the county's web site. NHC school employees are considered employees of the...more about New Hanover County School System

929 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 251 0081

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Their clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations.

Founded in Wilmington, the company has offices in 46 countries with more than 12,000 professionals worldwide. Their international headquarters is in downtown Wilmington....more about PPD

5135 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmngton, NC
(910) 452-0944

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 9,700 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than two million associates worldwide....more about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


The dominant industries of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are the tourism-related industries, such as arts, entertainment and food and retail services. This stems from their reputation as beautiful, family-friendly vacation destinations. Leisurely and charming, the area attracts an influx of travelers during the peak season, which roughly begins in April and ends in September. With such close access to Wilmington, the residents of the nearby town will also be found soaking up the sun on these shores. As a result, during this time many seasonal jobs become available.

Real Estate

Another highly profitable industry for the Pleasure Island duo is the real estate trade. Not only are Carolina Beach and Kure Beach wonderful getaway's from the summer heat, but also they are escapes from the doldrums of reality any time of the year. Due to the high demand for a piece of the tranquility, there are more than a dozen real estate and rental companies located within the few mile stretch of these towns. If you're interested in finding more information on real estate and rental services, check out our Real Estate section.

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