Holden Beach, NC

Holden Beach, situated in Brunswick County, is a town made up of 3.4 square miles.

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The town was founded as early as the mid-18th century. The town was named in honor of Benjamin Holden, whose family would live in the area for several generations.  

The town fell victim to Hurricane Hazel, which hit in 1954. 

Holden Beach was incorporated in 1969.  


The median resident age in Holden Beach is 64 years. The median estimated household income is about $71,000 making it about $23,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $48,000. The average price for a home in Holden Beach is about $436,000 (2015) which is $276,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Holden Beach is 96% White, 2% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 97% of the population are high school graduates, with 57% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 76% are married, 7% are divorced, 1% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 11% that have never been married.

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Brunswick County

Holden Beach belongs to Brunswick County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 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 Holden Beach, NC is about 600. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding, but saw a decrease between 2000 and 2010.


The elevation of Holden Beach, NC is three feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Holden Beach, NC is 28462.

Area Code

The area code for Holden Beach, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Holden Beach 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 30% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Holden Beach is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Sales and management make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Brunswick Beacon and The State Port Pilot are the primary newspapers that cover the Brunswick County area.