Brunswick County

Brunswick County

Located in the southeast corner of the state, Brunswick County, North Carolina offers 50 miles of Atlantic shoreline, numerous championship golf courses, and a temperate climate. These and other attributes have made this area one of the most desirable retirement and relocation destinations in the Southeast. The area is rich in history, southern hospitality, and natural beauty. With the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway meandering through the county, harbors attract boaters from both the north and south. There are four major towns in Brunswick County, each distinctly different. Southport, Calabash, Leland, and Shallotte offer locals and visitors a true southern experience in shopping, dining, and attractions. Area beaches at Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach are widely renowned as some of the best beaches in the United States.


Living in Brunswick County offers the best of everything. There’s the entertainment and recreation of Myrtle Beach, SC just south of the country, abundant history, dining, and shopping at its northern border in Wilmington, NC, and the natural beauty and amenities associated with living in this unique county. Crow Creek is conveniently located 30 minutes to either large city. Brunswick County was recently ranked the 28th fastest growing county in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau. And 4th fastest growing county in the State. Even with this growth, the area’s beach and golf communities continue to maintain their friendly small town character. The current sales tax rate is 6.75%, which is comprised of a 4.25% state tax and a 2.5% county tax.  Income tax rates in North Carolina range from 6% to 8%. The Brunswick County property tax rate currently is .4850 per $100 of assessed value. Property values are reassessed every four years.  Many towns also have a small separate tax, however Crow Creek does not have a town tax. For all local and property tax information The largest employers in the county are Brunswick County Board of Education and the Brunswick County government, and area hospitals.

Health Care

There are two hospitals in Brunswick County.  The New Brunswick Novant Medical Center is a 75-bed acute care facility, providing emergency and general medical services, as well as cardiac rehab and cardiopulmonary services. The publicly-supported Dosher Memorial Hospital, about one mile from Cape Fear in Southport, is a critical access community hospital with 25 staffed acute care (inpatient) beds and 64 licensed skilled nursing center beds, providing emergency and general medical services. To the north in Wilmington, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system that serves as a teaching hospital, regional referral center, and Level 2 Trauma Center.


The northern end of Brunswick County is rapidly growing and features the predictable big box stores and services.  Shallotte, which has two farmer’s markets, has larger department stores, as well as supermarkets, furniture and other specialty stores.  The historic town of Southport offers a number of boutiques and antique shops.  But, some of the best shopping experiences available to residents of Brunswick County are the quaint independent Shops of Calabash, Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle.

 Getting There

  • By Air:  Several major air carriers can bring you to within 45 minutes of Brunswick County or you can land your plane at two local airports that offer tie-down and other services.  To the north is Wilmington International Airport (ILM), which has non-stop flights to and from New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando-Sanford (Florida) and Philadelphia, and connecting service to many other cities. Another general aviation facility is the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport in Ocean Isle Beach.  There are two runways, each 4,000 feet long, and services include fueling, tie down and rental cars.  Myrtle Beach International Airport has non-stop service from a number of airports.  Its 9,500-foot runway is also open for general aviation with on-site fueling and maintenance service.
  • By Car:  Brunswick County is easily accessible via a number of interstates.  I-40 (which stretches cross-country from California) goes into nearby Wilmington, U.S. 74/76 runs from Charlotte to Wilmington, and I-95 (which begins in Maine and ends in Florida) skirts by eastern North Carolina.  If you prefer a more scenic route, try U.S. 17, which runs from Maine and takes you through the entire length of Brunswick County.
  • By Boat: More than 25 public and private marinas can be found along the Intracoastal Waterway , local deep-water docks are along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Arts & Entertainment

The Odell Williamson Auditorium, on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Supply, hosts a number of theatrical performances each year, ranging from touring musicians to national productions.  The Auditorium is where the Brunswick Little Theatre performs some of its plays as well.  Throughout the summer, a variety of music is presented at the Concerts on the Coast, held at locations throughout Brunswick County.  Events Brunswick County hosts a number of unique events throughout the year.

  • Each February brings the annual Brunswick Stew & Que, where everyone is welcome to participate in the Brunswick Stew Cook-Off.  It’s the perfect way to warm up, gather with friends, listen to live music and, of course…eat.
  • Each spring, Brunswick Island’s Home and Garden Show displays products and services for the home and garden including landscaping, gardening, pool and spas, windows, outdoor grills, real estate and financial services, and resources for home construction or improvement.
  • The annual North Carolina Oyster Festival draws more than 30,000 people each year.  For three days in October, the local communities celebrate with entertainment, art, food and a road race.
  • The Brunswick County Parks & Recreation Department offers a wide range of Programs throughout the year.

Relocation Studies show: It is anticipated that Baby Boomers will continue to trade in their big city homes for the smaller community of quality built homes that are located in fully Amenitized communities. They will be seeking lower to no maintenance homes in lifestyle developments offering such amenities as golf in northern coastal North Carolina. Crow Creek Golf Club has built your dream community. What we are now seeing are corporations moving parts of their businesses to these southern locations like never before.  North Carolina has done a fine job of attracting businesses to their state. North Carolina for example, has gone from a textile industry state to a technology industry State with companies like Google (opened $600M data center in Lenoir NC) others opening up and doing business in the Tar Heel State.