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Ribbon Of Sand - North Carolina's Outer Banks I... [UPD]

Although regions of the Outer Banks have remained among the least developed stretches of seashore on the Atlantic coast of the United States, increasing tourism and contact with the outside world has led to tremendous development in the area. Approximately 7 million visitors from around the world stay for short or extended periods in the Outer Banks, enjoying ocean activities such as swimming, hang gliding, fishing, windsurfing, and bird watching as well as cultural activities. The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo has thousands of manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, maps, paintings, and other items related to the history of the area. Population growth in the Outer Banks has been approximately double the North Carolina average. By 2004 the year-round population of the banks had increased to more than 45,000 people, creating great demand for new housing, particularly in the northern areas.

Ribbon of Sand - North Carolina's Outer Banks i...

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a long chain of barrier islands that are narrow ribbons of sand. The Outer Banks start at the North Carolina/Virginia state line and continue down the coast to the island of Portsmouth. This northern chain of islands is what is commonly referred to as the Outer Banks or OBX. It is over one hundred miles long and at its widest part only about three miles in width. The chain of barrier islands continue down to southern coastal North Carolina. This region is referred to as the Southern Outer Banks or The Crystal Coast. 041b061a72


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