Calabash, NC
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Calabash is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 2,119 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Calabash is the 320th largest community in North Carolina.

Calabash real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Calabash house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some towns, Calabash isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Calabash are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Calabash is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Calabash who work in maintenance occupations (15.17%), sales jobs (11.30%), and healthcare (9.44%).

Another notable thing is that Calabash is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Calabash has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Calabash has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Calabash than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Calabash may be for you.

Calabash is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

As is often the case in a small town, Calabash doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In terms of college education, Calabash is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.68% of adults 25 and older in Calabash have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Calabash in 2010 was $20,984, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,936 for a family of four.

The people who call Calabash home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Calabash residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Calabash also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.04% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Calabash include Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Calabash is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.

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