Calabash, NC

Calabash, situated in Brunswick County, is a small town made up of 3.7 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Calabash, NC

June 9, 2018

The Town of Calabash, named after gourds (plants) that grew there, is often referred to as the "Seafood Capital of the World" due to the famous "Calabash Style" the area is known for. The special flavor of this type of cooking became wildly popular and is now very common in most Carolina coastal towns.

The area of present day Calabash used to be known as "Pea Landing" in the 1800's, and was an important shipping center. In 1883, the "Village of Calabash" was founded when a post office was opened in Pea Landing.


The median resident age in Calabash is 56 years. The median estimated household income is about $33,000 making it about $12,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $22,000. The average price for a home in Calabash is about $153,000 (2013) which is $2,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $820 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Calabash is 79% White, 17% Hispanic, 2% Black, and 2% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 55% are married, 15% are divorced, 3% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 18% that have never been married.

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Brunswick County

Calabash belongs to Brunswick County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg, is part of the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Brunswick County has a population of 108,000 and the town Bolivia, with a population of 1,000, is the county seat.

In 1764, the county was formed from parts of New Hanover and Bladen Counties.

Brunswick County borders Columbus, New Hanover, Horry (South Carolina), and Pender Counties.

Brunswick County is made up of 1050 square miles.847 of which is land with the remaining 203 as water.


The population of Calabash, NC is about 1,800. The town population has dramatically increased from just 120 in 1980 to 1,800 in 2010.


The elevation of Calabash, NC is 49 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Calabash, NC is 28467.

Area Code

The area code for Calabash, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Calabash and Brunswick County have voted mostly Republican, with 61% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 30% are Protestants ,Catholics make up around 5%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Calabash is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction and administration/waste management make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Brunswick Beacon is the primary newspaper that covers the Brunswick County area.