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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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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.
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.
Newspapers in Nags Head include Outer Banks Sentinel
Dare County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Nags Head political report.
The average commute time for Nags Head workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Nags Head include Comfort Inn South Oceanfront.
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