Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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Kitty Hawk is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 2,991 at the 2000 census. It was established in the early 18th century as Chickahawk.

Kitty Hawk became famous after the Wright brothers of Dayton, Ohio, selected a nearby site upon which to make their first controlled powered airplane flights on December 17, 1903. The site, four miles (six kilometers) to the south near the sand dunes known as the Kill Devil Hills, was an ideal location because of the consistent, reliable winds and the privacy that the area provided. Kitty Hawk is often mistakenly credited as being the site of the first controlled powered flights though they actually took place in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. This is because the Kill Devil Hills had no telegraph office, so they had to go to Kitty Hawk in order to send the telegram of their success to their family in Dayton.

The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber AV-19, the aircraft transport ship USS Kitty Hawk (AKV-1), and the Apollo 14 command module have been named for the town.



Kitty Hawk is located at 36.1°N 75.7°W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.3 km² (8.23 mi²). 21.2 km² (8.18 mi²) of it is land and 0.123 km² (0.0476 mi²) of it (0.579%) is water.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,991 people, 1,265 households, and 866 families residing in the town. The population density was 365.8 people per square mile (141.2/km²). There were 2,618 housing units at an average density of 320.1/sq mi (123.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.13% White, 0.64% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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