Carolina Shores, North Carolina

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Carolina Shores, North Carolina
Official seal of Carolina Shores, North Carolina
Carolina Shores is located in North Carolina
Carolina Shores
Carolina Shores
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 33°53′57″N 78°34′41″W / 33.89917°N 78.57806°W / 33.89917; -78.57806Coordinates: 33°53′57″N 78°34′41″W / 33.89917°N 78.57806°W / 33.89917; -78.57806
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • MayorJoyce Dunn
 • Total2.76 sq mi (7.13 km2)
 • Land2.75 sq mi (7.12 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total3,048
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,695.41/sq mi (654.66/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)910
FIPS code37-10550[3]
GNIS feature ID1802948[4]

Carolina Shores is a town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,048 at the 2010 census,[5] up from 1,482 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.

The town was incorporated in 1998 after a split from the town of Calabash, which came as the result of years of disagreement over "sewer, garbage collection and sign restrictions".[6] The town limits of Carolina Shores currently interlock with those of Calabash. Sharing the name of the local country club, "Carolina Shores" could be considered a misnomer since the town does not have a "shore" with any large body of water.


Carolina Shores is located in southwestern Brunswick County at 33°53′57″N 78°34′41″W / 33.89917°N 78.57806°W / 33.89917; -78.57806 (33.899163, -78.578070).[7] Its southwest border is the South Carolina state line; the town of Calabash borders Carolina Shores to the south. U.S. Route 17 (Ocean Highway) forms the northwest border of the town; the highway leads 47 miles (76 km) northeast to Wilmington and 24 miles (39 km) southwest to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Carolina Shores has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.17%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)4,659[2]52.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,482 people, 766 households, and 593 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,073.8 people per square mile (414.6/km2). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 607.2 per square mile (234.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.33% White, 0.40% African American, 0.27% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 766 households, out of which 4.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.5% were married couples living together, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.17.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 3.9% under the age of 18, 1.6% from 18 to 24, 6.0% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 59.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 68 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,933, and the median income for a family was $48,527. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $24,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,093. About 2.8% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Carolina Shores town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 10, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Star News: Carolina Shores celebrates 10 year split from Calabash (September 17, 2008)
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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