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 is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.82%), personal care services (13.53%), and sales jobs (11.62%).

Another notable thing is that Calabash is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Calabash has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Calabash a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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.

Being a small town, Calabash does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Calabash citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.18% of adults 25 and older in Calabash have a college degree.

The per capita income in Calabash in 2010 was $20,420, 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 $81,680 for a family of four.

Calabash is a very ethnically-diverse town. 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 11.77% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Calabash include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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

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