Find Out More About the Outer Banks Local Government, Economy & Job Market LOCAL GOVERNMENT
The northern part of the Outer Banks (Corolla to the Virginia Line) is governed by Currituck County. Established in 1668, Currituck County was one of the first areas settled in the United States. By the late 1800s, Currituck County gained a reputation as a “sportsman’s paradise.” Wealthy industrialists were attracted to the county for it’s abundance of wildlife and numerous hunt clubs, including the Pine Island Club and Currituck Shooting Club. Named for an Algonquin Indian term meaning, “The Land of the Wild Goose,” Currituck County is now one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina.
NEED MORE INFORMATION? Visit the Sites Below:
Currituck County Website
Currituck County Chamber of Commerce
Dare County was formed in 1870 and is named in honor of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America who was among the over 100 men, women and children of the “Lost Colony” who mysteriously disappeared in the late 1500’s. Dare County is comprised of most of what is commonly referred to as the Outer Banks (Duck to Hatteras Village) and over two thirds of the state’s coastline. It is home to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Historic Site, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Pea Island National Wildlife refuge, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the Elizabeth II State Historic Site, Roanoke Island Festival Park, the North Carolina Aquarium and the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve. Dare County has a permanent population of just over 35,000, however the county’s tourism industry results in a huge daily seasonal population of over 300,000.
WANT MORE DARE COUNTY INFORMATION? Find it here:
Dare County Website
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce
The Outer Banks economic strength is centered on the tourism industry and in its ability to continually attract people to live, work, and vacation in the communities. Dare County’s 2002 per capita retail sales, fueled by the tourism industry, were the highest in North Carolina. Population growth for the region also continues to rise at a record pace, nearly double the North Carolina average (which is nearly double the national average).
The steady influx of new residents brings not only new income and wealth to the area, but also creates the demand for housing. The average cost of new housing on the Outer Banks is nearly fifty percent higher than the North Carolina average.
WANT MORE INFORMATION? Click on the link below to review the 2010 Economic Overview for both Dare and Currituck Counties:
Economic Trends Profiles:
Click here to view / download 2010 Economic Indicators for the Outer Banks
Current Tax Rates:
Click here to view / download current Currituck County Property Tax Rates
Click here to view / download current Dare County Property Tax Rates
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Things to Do
Whether your idea of relaxing is sunning on the beach with a good book, or hang gliding over the dunes at Jockey’s Ridge, there is something for everyone on the Outer Banks!
Boredom is never an option here . . . windsurf at the famous Canadian Hole, catch some waves and surf some of the best swells on the Atlantic seaboard, fish the gulf stream, climb the hills at Jockey’s Ridge or the Wright Brother’s National Memorial, visit the First Colony on Roanoke Island, bird watch at Pea Island, tour our world-famous lighthouses, golf at our world-class courses, or just take a relaxing stroll on our beautiful beaches — it’s all here for you!
For the most up-to-date calendar of events on the Outer Banks, and links to accommodations, dining, and local attractions, visit the Outer Banks Visitor Bureau:
Outer Banks Visitor Bureau
While our family-friendly stretches of sand are the main attraction, the Outer Banks is home to some of the finest year-round golf courses in North Carolina. Bring your clubs and enjoy one of our courses:
The Carolina Club
Goose Creek Golf and Country Club
Kilmarlic Golf Club
The Pointe Golf Club
The Currituck Club
Duck Woods Country Club
Nags Head Golf Links
Outer Banks Fishing
Known as the Billfish Capital of the World, the Outer Banks is a mecca for fishing enthusiasts.
Drop a line at one of piers or take a full day deep sea charter to the Gulf Stream.
Ocean or soundside – there’s plenty of action for everyone!
Before You Go – Check the Local Regulations:
View & Download NC Fishing Regulations
What’s Biting? Check the Local Fishing Report:
Weekly Outer Banks Fishing Report
Ready to Hook the BIG ONE? Contact One of Our Marinas to Book a Charter:
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Pirates Cove Fishing Center
Hatteras Harbor Fishing Center
Broad Creek Marina
Outer Banks Fishing Piers. A Great Way to Spend a Morning or Afternoon!
Avalon Fishing Pier – Kill Devil Hills
Nags Head Fishing Pier
Outer Banks Fishing Pier – Nags Head
Hatteras Island Fishing Pier – Rodanthe
Avon Fishing Pier
Bringing Your Own Boat? Find a Place to Launch:
Dare County Public Boat Ramps
Outer Banks Water and Air Sports
Windsurfing, jet-skiing, kayaking, parasailing and so much more! Visit one of the sites below to see all the activities!
Kitty Hawk Sports
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