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Oak Island, N.C.

Average household income: $60,210

Oak Island is both the name of a barrier island located on the southern end of North Carolina’s coast, and the town located on the island and on the coast. It’s the largest coastal community in the state. Oak Island attracts many nature lovers, with its sprawling live oaks, 50 lakes for fishing, swimming and boating, easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, and the nature preserves including loggerhead sea turtles, which lay their eggs on the beaches.

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