The Topsail Island area includes the towns of Surf City, North Topsail Beach, Topsail Beach, Holly Ridge, and Sneads Ferry and is located within both Pender and Onslow counties. According to the 2008 U.S. census, the area has 7,000 full time residents. Sneads Ferry holds the majority of this number with 2,428 residents and coming in a close second is Surf City, with 2,057 residents. North Topsail Beach has 955 residents and Holly Ridge has 908. Topsail Beach, the southernmost town on the island, is the least inhabited area with only 508 residents. During the summer months, these numbers swell with an influx of tourists ready to hit the area’s sun-soaked shores.