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Retire in Calabash, North Carolina?
Overview: Calabash is a quaint fishing village with a long history and a large reputation. It sits near the mouth of the quiet, crook-necked Calabash River where it joins the Intracoastal Waterway in southeastern North Carolina. It is the southern most coastal town in the state and is known as the "Seafood Capital of the World."
During the fishing season, boats dock daily in the oak-shaded port and sell shrimp to local restaurants that specialize in "Calabash-style" fried seafood. Four of these restaurants sit along the mellow waterfront. Charter boats stand by for tours and deep-sea fishing. Peanut and indigo plantations once populated the surrounding land, and modern farms still sell pick-your-own strawberries and blueberries. In fact, Indigo Farms has a year-round market and garden center. Although shopping in Calabash is limited, the adjoining town of Carolina Shores has a shopping center and major grocery store.
Calabash is in a way two towns, an older part with smaller homes, many made from brick, and a newer section with several planned communities that cater to baby boomers and retirees. These include Crow Creek, Brunswick Plantation, the Village at Calabash and Savannah Lakes.
Thirty golf courses within thirty minutes and include the Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, which has three courses alone. Calabash is on the edge of North Carolina's busy Grand Strand and is less than hour from Myrtle Beach. For the sand and surf lovers, Sunset Beach, North Carolina is five miles away and has beaches.
Population: 2,100 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 65%
Cost of Living: 1% below the national average
Median Home Price: $158,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the receives 52 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, 16 miles away in Myrtle Beach, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, 16 miles away in Myrtle Beach, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is North Carolina Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility.
Notes: Calabash has grown by 40% within the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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