Market Research in Jacksonville, NC


Eastcoast Research provides focus group recruiting in the Jacksonville area of North Carolina.

The city of Jacksonville, NC is the commercial hub of Onslow County and home to the 153,000-acre Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River. The city has grown rapidly since 1941 when Camp Lejeune was established and possesses a rich history dating back to 1731. The marine base is the mainstay of the local economy and lifestyle, and accounts for about half of the 72,000 Jacksonville city residents.

The city has set a tone in North Carolina to strive for greater environmentalism. It provides environmental protection policies for water and sewer installations, development guidance that ensures green space and landscaping for the community, and encouragement of redevelopment to revitalize established areas. Clean & Green has been a successful and still-evolving effort in becoming a “green” example in North Carolina.

Jacksonville’s a military town, and employment opportunities and small businesses lean heavily towards providing services to the military community. With more than 35,000 service members assigned to Camp Lejeune, the Department of Defense is the largest employer in the region, providing an economic impact of $4 million dollars to the surrounding community annually. The base also bolsters an additional 6,500 civilian government employees who hold positions from food service to engineers.

There are also an array of service and hospitality jobs in the Jacksonville area to serve the large consumer needs of the military community. Retail and sales businesses employ the second largest percentage of the Jacksonville population in the private sector. 

The two colleges located in Jacksonville are Coastal Carolina Community College with an average of 1,300 graduates each year and Miller-Motte Jacksonville with an average of 500 graduates each year. Jacksonville is also home to the county’s Onslow Memorial Hospital, a 162-bed facility with over 100 doctors credentialed in 25 specialty areas.




Total Population 72,447
Male 62%
Female 38%
Senior Citizens 7.8%
Employed Population 16+ 56,653
Median Age of Population 24



Married 44%
Average Household Size 2.5


Education and Earnings

Less than High School 7.00%
High School Graduate 26.08%
Some College 33.87%
Associates 10.30%
College Degree 15.11%
Graduate Degree or Higher 7.64%
Median Earnings 25+ $31,108
Median Earnings with High School Degree $25,877
Median Earnings without High School Degree $17,186



Median Family Income $41,095
Above Poverty Level 86%


Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 Minutes
Working from Home 7.6%
Walking and Biking to Work 12.1%
Public Transportation 0.6%



Single Family Own 33%
Single Family Rent 67%
Median Gross Rent $1,050
Median House Value $150,800


Surrounding Cities

Location Population Median Family Income
Swansboro 3,173 $37,740
Surf City 2,274 $40,521
Holly Ridge 2,255 $25,573
Richlands 1,678 $20,263
Topsail Beach 734 $45,982


Population by Race

White 68%
Black 18.2%
Hispanic 7.0%
Asian 3.0%
Other 3.8%



Second Gulf War 49.1%
First Gulf War 28.3%
Vietnam 16.8%
Korea 4.4%
World War II 1.5%
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