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Calabash, North Carolina
"Seafood Capital of the World"
Calabash, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Calabash, North Carolina
Calabash, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Calabash, North Carolina is located in the United States
Calabash, North Carolina
Calabash, North Carolina
Location in the United States
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Brunswick
 • Total 4.74 sq mi (12.28 km2)
 • Land 4.40 sq mi (11.40 km2)
 • Water 0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
49 ft (15 m)
 • Total 1,786
 • Estimate 
 • Density 515.79/sq mi (199.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-09540
GNIS feature ID 1019469

Calabash is a small fishing town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,786 at the 2010 census, up from 711 in 2000. It prides itself on being known as the "Seafood Capital of the World" because of the town's "Calabash-Style" seafood restaurants.

Calabash is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.


Calabash is located in southwest Brunswick County at 33°53′33″N 78°34′0″W / 33.89250°N 78.56667°W / 33.89250; -78.56667 (33.892619, -78.566547). Its southwest border is the South Carolina state line. It is bordered to the northwest by the town of Carolina Shores, and the town of Sunset Beach is to the east. The tidal Calabash River flows through the southern part of the town, leading southwest to the Little River in South Carolina, 3 miles (5 km) upstream from that river's mouth at Little River Inlet on the Atlantic Ocean.

The main road through the town is North Carolina Highway 179 (Beach Drive), leading west to U.S. Route 17 in South Carolina and east by a winding route 15 miles (24 km) to Shallotte.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Calabash has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km2), of which 3.3 square miles (8.6 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 9.27%, is water.


Calabash was named after the gourds that grew in the region, which were used for drinking well water. Since the 1930s, Calabash has been known for its distinctive style of fried seafood, which has come to be known as "Calabash Style" Calabash style buffets are common in many eastern Carolina coastal towns. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is home to a large number of these restaurants as the city is just 25 miles (40 km) from Calabash.

In 1998 a large portion of the town of Calabash split to form the town of Carolina Shores. The split came as the result of years of bickering over "sewer, garbage collection and sign restrictions". The town limits of Carolina Shores currently interlock with those of Calabash.

The present Town Hall is located at 882 Persimmon Road SW. The town's emergency services serve the communities of Calabash, Sunset Beach, and Carolina Shores.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 128
1990 1,210 845.3%
2000 711 −41.2%
2010 1,786 151.2%
2019 (est.) 2,270 27.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Calabash racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,621 80.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 70 3.48%
Native American 19 0.94%
Asian 11 0.55%
Other/Mixed 91 4.53%
Hispanic or Latino 199 9.9%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,011 people, 812 households, and 415 families residing in the town.

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