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Population in 2012: 3,602 (72% urban, 28% rural). Population change since 2000: +348.0%
Males: 1,825  (50.7%)
Females: 1,777  (49.3%)

Median resident age:  65.0 years
North Carolina median age:  45.5 years

Zip codes: 28461.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $87,149 (it was $92,656 in 2000)
St. James:

$87,149
NC:

$45,150
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $70,475

St. James town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $429,943 (it was $297,200 in 2000)
St. James:

$429,943
NC:

$150,100
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $541,438; Detached houses: $551,444; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $249,423

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,547.

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  • White alone - 3,076 (97.2%)
  • Black alone - 31 (1.0%)
  • Hispanic - 27 (0.9%)
  • Asian alone - 17 (0.5%)
  • Two or more races - 11 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 3 (0.09%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in St. James: 102.4 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

St. James, NC forum
Recent posts about St. James, North Carolina on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. St. James is mentioned 1,149 times on our forum:
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Ancestries: German (20.5%), Irish (18.4%), English (16.8%), United States (6.1%), Polish (5.3%), Norwegian (3.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1999

Elevation: 13 feet

Land area: 3.47 square miles.

Population density: 1,037 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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For population 25 years and over in St. James:

  • High school or higher: 97.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 55.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 23.0%
  • Unemployed: 10.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in St. James town:

  • Never married: 2.3%
  • Now married: 89.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 3.7%

208 residents are foreign born (4.9% Europe).

This town:  6.5%
North Carolina:  7.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,829 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,422 (0.4%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Wilmington, NC (22.4 miles , pop. 75,838).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Raleigh, NC (133.5 miles , pop. 276,093).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (449.6 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Oak Island, NC (1.5 miles ), Midway, NC (1.6 miles ), Caswell Beach, NC (1.9 miles ), Southport, NC (2.2 miles ), Boiling Spring Lakes, NC (2.7 miles ), Varnamtown, NC (2.7 miles ), Bald Head Island, NC (2.9 miles) , Bolivia, NC (3.0 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2008: 28 buildings, average cost: $203,900
  • 2009: 60 buildings, average cost: $192,300
  • 2010: 104 buildings, average cost: $144,800
  • 2011: 147 buildings, average cost: $177,700
  • 2012: 206 buildings, average cost: $124,800

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 33.94 N, Longitude: 78.10 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 910

St. James household income distribution St. James home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.3%
North Carolina:

9.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (51%)
  • Wholesale trade (16%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (7%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Information (3%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (24%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (16%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Operations specialties managers except financial managers (24%)
  • Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (11%)
  • Construction laborers (11%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (10%)
  • Transportation, tourism, and lodging attendants (6%)
  • Entertainers and performers, sports, and related workers (6%)
  • Financial managers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (20%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (18%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (11%)
  • Accountants and auditors (10%)
  • Art and design workers (10%)
  • Media and communication equipment workers (10%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (10%)

Work and jobs in St. James: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in St. James, North Carolina

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Tornado activity:

St. James-area historical tornado activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 22% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/16/2006, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 28.7 miles away from the St. James town center killed 8 people and injured 20 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 10/9/1950, a category F3 tornado 32.6 miles away from the town center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

St. James-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below North Carolina state average. It is 100% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/22/2006 at 11:22:00, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 94.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Brunswick County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 13, Tropical Storms: 2, Flood: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near St. James:

  • SOUTHPORT DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; SOUTHPORT, NC)
  • J ARTHUR DOSHER MEM HOSP (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; SOUTHPORT, NC)
  • OCEAN TRAIL HEALTHCARE AND REHAB CENTER (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; SOUTHPORT, NC)

Operable nuclear power plants near St. James:

  • 5 miles: Brunswick 1 and 2 in Southport, NC.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to St. James:

  • Cape Fear Community College (about 22 miles; Wilmington, NC; Full-time enrollment: 3,987)
  • University of North Carolina-Wilmington (about 24 miles; Wilmington, NC; FT enrollment: 11,028)
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College (about 53 miles; Conway, SC; FT enrollment: 2,962)
  • Coastal Carolina University (about 54 miles; Conway, SC; FT enrollment: 7,254)
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke (about 82 miles; Pembroke, NC; FT enrollment: 4,818)
  • Mount Olive College (about 88 miles; Mount Olive, NC; FT enrollment: 2,812)
  • Fayetteville State University (about 91 miles; Fayetteville, NC; FT enrollment: 4,481)

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Public elementary/middle schools in St. James:


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Streams, rivers, and creeks: Beaverdam Swamp (A), Polly Gully Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Brunswick County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  SO2

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 6.33. This is significantly better than average.
City:

6.33
U.S.:

31.96
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 4.32. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 24.1 miles away from the city center.
City:

4.32
U.S.:

2.43
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2002 was 15.6. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 22.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

15.6
U.S.:

24.6
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2002 was 10.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 23.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

10.5
U.S.:

11.9


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 1.2%
(1.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.0 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  88.0%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  1.3%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

St. James compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


St. James travel time to work - commute


St. James mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (78%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21%)
  • Utility gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for St. James town (based on Brunswick County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 32.33%
Here32.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Episcopal Church
Adherents57.1%17.5%9.8%5.8%2.9%
Congregations53.3%13.0%2.2%6.5%4.3%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents1.9%1.2%1.1%1.0%1.8%
Congregations2.2%4.3%2.2%2.2%9.8%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 20
This county:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Brunswick County:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Brunswick County:

0.91 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 38
This county:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 107
Brunswick County:

10.81 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.3%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.5%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Brunswick County:

16.1%
State:

15.6%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2002)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 1$2,692$32,3040$0
Totals for Government 1$2,692$32,3040$0


12.99% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($57,566 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

12.99%
North Carolina average:

8.53%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($251 average AGI)
Brunswick County:

0.05%
North Carolina average:

0.17%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from New Hanover County, NC  2.66% ($46,091 average AGI)
from Horry County, SC  0.39% ($33,810)
from Wake County, NC  0.39% ($86,571)


6.89% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($42,155 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.89%
North Carolina average:

7.27%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to New Hanover County, NC  1.40% ($47,281 average AGI)
to Horry County, SC  0.50% ($41,477)
to Columbus County, NC  0.23% ($31,406)

Strongest AM radio stations in St. James:

  • WMYT (1180 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CAROLINA BEACH, NC; Owner: FAMILY RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • WAAV (980 AM; 5 kW; LELAND, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WPTF (680 AM; 50 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: FIRST STATE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WSMO (1120 AM; 20 kW; CAMP LEJEUNE, NC; Owner: CTC MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WMIR (1200 AM; 7 kW; ATLANTIC BEACH, SC; Owner: ATLANTIC BEACH RADIO, INC.)
  • WQJM (1450 AM; 10 kW; MYRTLE BEACH, SC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WMFD (630 AM; 1 kW; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: OCEAN BROADCASTING II, LLC)
  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • WENC (1220 AM; 5 kW; WHITEVILLE, NC; Owner: DHA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFTK (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; WAKE FOREST, NC; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
  • WTAB (1370 AM; 5 kW; TABOR CITY, NC; Owner: WTAB, INC)
  • WFNC (640 AM; 10 kW; FAYETTEVILLE, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in St. James:

  • WGNI (102.7 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WHQR (91.3 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: FRIENDS OF PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • WAZO (98.3 FM; OAK ISLAND, NC; Owner: OCEAN BROADCASTING II, L.L.C.)
  • WSFM (107.5 FM; SOUTHPORT, NC; Owner: SEA-COMM, INC.)
  • WWQQ-FM (101.3 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WMNX (97.3 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WLTT (106.3 FM; SHALLOTTE, NC; Owner: GARY E. BURNS)
  • WUIN (106.7 FM; CAROLINA BEACH, NC; Owner: OCEAN BROADCASTING II, LLC)
  • WRQR (104.5 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: OCEAN BROADCASTING II, L.L.C.)
  • WKXS-FM (94.1 FM; LELAND, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WYNA (104.9 FM; CALABASH, NC; Owner: COASTLINE COMMUNICATIONS OF CAROLINA INC)
  • WKVC (88.9 FM; NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • WBNU (103.7 FM; SHALLOTTE, NC; Owner: GARY E. BURNS)
  • WDZD (93.5 FM; OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC; Owner: QANTUM OF MYRTLE BEACH LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WDVV (89.7 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: FAMILY RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • WWIL-FM (90.5 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: FAMILY RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • WKXB (99.9 FM; BURGAW, NC; Owner: SEA-COMM, INC.)
  • WBNE (93.7 FM; WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC; Owner: SEA-COMM, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around St. James:

  • WUNJ-TV (Channel 39; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W47CK (Channel 47; SHALLOTTE, NC; Owner: CAROLINA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WECT (Channel 6; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WFXB (Channel 43; MYRTLE BEACH, SC; Owner: GE MEDIA, INC.)
  • WSFX-TV (Channel 26; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: SOUTHEASTERN MEDIA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W51CW (Channel 51; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WILM-LP (Channel 10; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: WILM, INC.)


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$192,7309$332,63444$246,5401$115,52017$299,1651$45,590
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$01$237,7303$274,1400$01$498,0600$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$02$240,12010$297,7150$04$385,8081$77,940
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$02$250,4457$277,2130$03$357,9300$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$218,1102$336,7350$01$161,2300$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0203.01

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$126,770
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0203.01

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value


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  • #8 on the list of "Top 100 cities with newest houses"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2005 and 2006 (pop. 50,000+)"
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