Calabash, North Carolina

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Calabash is a small fishing town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 711 at the 2000 census. It prides itself as the Seafood Capital of the World because of the town's large amount of "Calabash-Style" seafood restaurants.

Calabash is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Calabash is located at 33°53′33″N 78°34′0″W / 33.8925°N 78.566667°W / 33.8925; -78.566667 (33.892619, -78.566547).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) (6.62%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 711 people, 377 households, and 232 families residing in the town. The population density was 501.5 people per square mile (193.3/km²). There were 508 housing units at an average density of 358.3/sq mi (138.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.25% White, 3.66% African American, 0.14% Asian, 2.25% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.66% of the population.

There were 377 households out of which 11.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.89 and the average family size was 2.32.

In the town the population was spread out with 9.7% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 19.4% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 36.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

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