Topsail Island/North Topsail/ Surf City

A peaceful beach community north of Wilmington just waiting for you to explore.

Overview for Topsail Island/North Topsail/ Surf City, NC

1,624 people live in Topsail Island/North Topsail/ Surf City, where the median age is 58.1 and the average individual income is $57,883. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

58.1 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

Welcome to Topsail Island/North Topsail/Surf City

A laid-back, casual community with water activities and beachfront homes.

Topsail Island, which lies in the Cape Lookout National Seashore, is a small barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, roughly equidistant between the barrier islands of the Crystal Coast and the beaches of the Cape Fear region. It is 26 miles long, measuring about one-and-a-half miles wide at its widest point. It is located off the southeast North Carolina mainland.
Topsail Island is an idyllic place. Along with its thick maritime forests, Topsail Island is also a sanctuary for sea turtles and known for its beautiful beaches. The community of Topsail Island has been highly praised for its laid-back, friendly atmosphere. There's a strong sense of community, with a social atmosphere of events, island traditions, and traditions dear to many residents, including their homes, gardens, and food.
Also on Topsail Island are the popular communities of Surf City and North Topsail Beach. Located in the heart of Topsail Island, Surf City offers residents and tourists unique shops, fine restaurants, great fishing, local golf courses, bike riding, kayaking, and miniature golf year round.
North Topsail Beach is a quiet, scenic, and prosperous community, and the community itself is very supportive of each other. It is the most well-known of Topsail Island beach communities. It is best known for the numerous dune cacti in the area, top-notch water activities, and a slow, relaxed pace of life. Residents on Topsail Island enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and stunning beach views.

What to Love

  • Right on the beach
  • Surfing and water activities
  • Beautiful beach views
  • A slower, relaxed pace of life
  • Walkable shops and restaurants

Local Lifestyle

Topsail Island has been a place of solitude for centuries. The storm-tide beaches, the white dunes, and soft, white-sand beaches create the perfect backdrop for the people who live there. The residents of Topsail Island prefer to spend their free time outdoors rather than in their homes. They can wake up and go out to the waters without a car or having to make a trip of it. In short, life on Topsail Island is like a vacation from the everyday life of the suburbs.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Sears Landing is a casual eatery with a port and dock for sea travelers and an outdoor covered deck. The restaurant serves quality seafood and dishes made from local ingredients. Topsail Steamer is a unique seafood dining experience that offers signature buckets filled with fresh seafood, meat, and veggies that locals can take home to steam and eat. Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille is a premier oceanfront dining option that serves authentic coastal dishes like local seafood, crab cakes, and daily chef specials. JM’s on the Water has a dock for sea travelers, a full bar, and serves locally harvested seafood.

Things to Do

The Topsail Island Herb and Garden Fair is an annual event where locals can purchase locally grown herbs, plants, garden products, and hanging baskets. The island communities have many yearly traditions and celebrations, including the Independence Day parade and fireworks. Another celebration around the holidays is the Great Topsail Flotilla and Christmas Market, where locals can watch the water parade floats, visit vendors, and enjoy local food and drink. Many community members also participate in the nearby King Mackerel Tournament.


Pender County Schools is a fast-growing district with 18 schools for kindergarten through high school students.


Demographics and Employment Data for Topsail Island/North Topsail/ Surf City, NC

Topsail Island/North Topsail/ Surf City has 802 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Topsail Island/North Topsail/ Surf City do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,624 people call Topsail Island/North Topsail/ Surf City home. The population density is 109.96 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

50.37 / 49.63%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Average individual Income

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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