Emerald Isle Fast Facts

Emerald Isle is located on the western end of the island called Bogue Banks. The name Emerald Isle came about when a Florida consultant who when he flew over the undeveloped area back in the 1950’s and saw a solid green patch of trees and foliage of the maritime forest amidst the crystal blue waters and quickly named the location Emerald Isle.

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle has 13 miles of Atlantic Ocean front beaches facing south, Bogue Inlet adjacent to the west and Bogue Sound behind it to the north. Access to Emerald Isle is via the B. Langston Bridge from the mainland at Cape Carteret or from Atlantic Beach on the eastern end of Bogue Banks.

Emerald Isle has over 100 public beach access points, regional access points with parking and shower facilities, an extensive and paved bicycle/walk pathway and large public boat ramp with parking.

Emerald Isle’s public accesses and parks have a wealth of amenities. From picnic pavilions and kayak launches to volleyball courts and playgrounds, the park system offers numerous opportunities.


Annual average low temperature is 54 degrees while the annual average high is 74 degrees.

The coldest month of the year is January with the monthly averages of 35 degrees for the low and 57 for the daytime high. The warmest month of the year is July with morning lows averaging 72 and daytime highs at 89 degrees.

Average beach water temperatures range from 48 degrees in January and February to 80-81 degrees July thru September

The average annual rainfall amount in Emerald Isle is 58 inches. The wettest month of the year is August averaging 7.5 inches of rain while the driest month is April with rain fall totals a little under 3 inches.

Snow is an oddity with less than 2 inches recorded on average per year. February and March are the two months with the highest potential for snowfall.


Emerald Isle covers 5.6 square miles and is approximately 13 miles long and 1/2 mile wide.

Permanent year round residents in Emerald Isle is 3,655 people while the housing units are almost twice the population at 6,735 homes. But during the peak of summertime activities with the influx of tourist the population can reach to over 40,000 people.

“Emerald Isle prides itself on its “family beach”, “small-town atmosphere”, and the preservation of this atmosphere is the Town’s highest priority. Emerald Isle has developed in a low density manner, with an average of 2 housing units per acre in the Town.“ H/T Town of Emerald Isle

Median household income is $54,201

96 percent of the Emerald Isle residents are high school graduates or higher.


While no schools are located within Emerald Isle’s corporate limits, elementary, middle and high schools, both public and private, are in close proximity.


Doctors and dentists have offices in Emerald Isle with numerous clinics and hospitals located within a twenty mile radius of Town. Emergency Medical Services are provided by the Emerald Isle Emergency Medical Services Squad, one of the most well trained, highly certified and properly equipped volunteer EMS services in all of Eastern North Carolina. H/T Town of Emerald Isle

Carteret General Hospital is located in near-by Morehead City.


Bogue Inlet Pier is one of the Southeast’s premiere fishing piers located in Emerald Isle. A wide range of fish can be caught from tarpon and king mackerel to trout, drum and flounder and many more species of fish.

North Carolina is world famous for its surf fishing and the fishing couldn’t get any better in Emerald Isle. Spot, croaker, sea mullet, pompano, flounder, Spanish mackerel, blue fish and more are all regular surf fishing catches.


NC Wildlife Resources Commission Boat Launching Facility in Emerald Isle

The facility is located on Bogue Sound at 6800 Emerald Drive near mile marker 18 on NC 58 (adjacent to Chapel By The Sea). The facility includes 4 launching ramps and parking for 112 vehicle / trailer combinations, and a separate parking lot with 18 single vehicle spaces. The new facility is managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and is open 24/7/365. There is no fee to launch a boat. H/T Town of Emerald Isle

To learn more about Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast contact Margaret Hitchcock. She is a Realtor and real estate professional with over 10 years’ experience in representing buyers and sellers. Margaret can help you with your primary or secondary home purchase whether it it’s in Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach or anywhere along the Crystal Coast.

Emerald Isle Fast Facts

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