Southport, North Carolina

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Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The city developed around Fort Johnston (North Carolina) (now decommissioned) and originally took the name Smithville, North Carolina. Its population was listed as 2,351 for the 2000 census. It is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A popular filming location for television and movies, the small town can be seen in the television shows "Dawson's Creek" and "Spies" and the movies "I Know What You Did Last Summer", "Summer Catch", "Crimes of the Heart", and "A Walk to Remember", among others.

Southport hosts a forth of July festival of North Carolina. Every year vendors from all around the country travel to Southport for four days of fun and excitement downtown.

It is the site of the proposed North Carolina International Port, and its Southport Marina has been the subject of media attention surrounding its possible sale.



Southport is located at 33°55′28″N 78°1′14″W / 33.92444°N 78.02056°W / 33.92444; -78.02056 (33.924484, -78.020513).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²).2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.77%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,351 people, 1,095 households, and 676 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,059.0 people per square mile (408.9/km²). There were 1,292 housing units at an average density of 582.0/sq mi (224.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.61% White, 21.78% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.

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