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Nags Head is a town in Dare County, in the Kill Devil Hills metro area.

Local legend says the community was named for pirates' habit of fastening a lantern to a horse's neck and having it walk the beach on stormy nights. The motion of the horse's gait made the light resemble that of a ship, luring other vessels toward shore

The latitude of Nags Head is 35.957N. The longitude is -75.624W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 3 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,993.


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Median household income
Local
$53,095
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Nags Head demographic reports
Nags Head is between Roanoke Sound and the Atlantic Ocean
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 6. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.1 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Wright Kite Festival - July 13, 2007
  • Watermelon Festival - Aug. 16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Nags Head web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Jockey's Ridge State Park

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15% of Nags Head residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Nags Head ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Nags Head was $30,157, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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35% of Nags Head residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Nags Head, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $604.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,082.


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Newspapers in Nags Head include Outer Banks Sentinel

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Dare County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Nags Head political report.

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The average commute time for Nags Head workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Nags Head include Comfort Inn South Oceanfront.

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