Town of Surf City


The Town of Surf City, North Carolina is a picturesque coastal community located both on and off of Topsail Island. Known for its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere, Surf City has become a popular destination for vacationers and residents alike. According to the 2021 Census data, The Town of Surf City’s population is around 6,000 as of 2021 with a median age of 52.

Surf City has a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century when it was first developed as a beach resort. The town was incorporated in 1949 and has since grown to become a popular destination for both vacationers and residents. The town is home to a variety of businesses, including restaurants, shops, and accommodations.

One of the things that makes Surf City stand out from the other communities in the Topsail region is its beautiful beach which serves as a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing and other beach activities.

Visitors can also enjoy fishing, boating, and water sports in the nearby Intracoastal Waterway. The town also has a number of parks and nature preserves, offering opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and more.

The residents of Surf City are friendly, and welcoming as they play an important role in the community. Many of them are small business owners, and their businesses are a vital part of the town’s economy, providing a range of services and products to residents and visitors. Surf City also boasts a variety of restaurants and cafes, many of which are locally owned and operated, offering a wide variety of cuisines and dining experiences.

Surf City Town Offices

  • Surf City Town Hall (Surf City Municipal Complex)

    214 W. Florence Way, Hampstead, NC 28443
    Phone: 910-328-4131

  • Surf City Police Department

    214 W. Florence Way, Hampstead, NC 28443
    Phone: 910-328-7711

  • Surf City Fire Department

    200 Wilmington Ave, Surf City, NC 28445
    Phone: 910-328-0175

Current Elected Officials

  • Douglas C. Medlin, Mayor
  • William J. Fowler, Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Donald R. Helms, Councilman
  • Teresa B. Batts, Councilwoman
  • Jeremy Shugarts, Councilman

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Surf City, North Carolina: Frequently Asked Questions

How big do the waves get at Surf City, NC?

Surf City's coastline represents the central region of Topsail Island, meaning that the beaches are on the Atlantic Ocean's shores. Throughout Surf City, waves average 1 to 3 feet in size, but there are often larger swells adjacent to the Surf City Pier as there is a natural sandbar break. In this area, which serves as the home location for several surf schools and serves as a favorite for local surfers, waves tend to average 3 to 6 feet depending upon wind, tide and offshore weather events.

Where is Surf City, NC?

Surf City is comprised of an area of just under 10 square miles in size and occupies the middle portion of Topsail Island as well as the immediate area inland to the West along Highway 210.

What county is Surf City, NC located in?

The Town of Surf City is located in both Pender and Onslow Counties in North Carolina.


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