The Town of Duck is an incorporated town located in Dare County, North Carolina along the Northern Outer Banks. Originally part of Currituck County to the north, the stretch of the Outer Banks which includes Duck was transferred to Dare County in the early 20th century. The region was named for the many ducks and waterfowl in the area.
The area nearby was sparsely populated until the 1970s (during the 1950s, nearby land was used as a bombing range by naval aircraft). The growing community remained unincorporated until 2002, when North Carolina General Assembly House Bill 882 was passed, incorporating the town. Duck is now home to about 500 permanent residents and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Duck Field Research Pier, which conducts coastal research. It has a higher seasonal population.
Duck is in the Outer Banks, so many visitors go to the beach in Duck. (Note. Duck's beaches are private, so only residents and tourists staying there are premitted on the beach.) It is also on the Currituck Sound, so there is a lot of boating in Duck as well. There are also some shops and restaurants along the bay as well.