Southport, North Carolina


Pros

-Historic downtown
-Nearby beaches
-Mild winters

Cons

-Isolation
-Cost of living
-Crime rates

Location

Southern North Carolina coast
Profile: Mid-sized port city
Elevation: 30
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

What Bert Has To Say About Wilmington Metro Area


Wilmington is an old Colonial port city known for shipping, agricultural processing, and flowers. The historic town center and waterfront along the Cape Fear River is interesting and attractive. Due to its historic interest and its location on a peninsula formed by the Cape Fear River on the west and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the east, housing costs and cost of living tend to be higher than other small North Carolina cities.

Employment growth is also very strong as more find the area. The area has a healthy mix of old and new economy employers, from International Paper and Louisiana Pacific to GE Nuclear Systems and Corning optical fiber, with a few pharmaceutical and biotech equipment firms in addition. There is a large regional hospital and medical complex. Wilmington is somewhat far from many big-city amenities and services, but the climate is pleasant and residential sections are attractive.

Wilmington is located along the southern Atlantic Coast of North Carolina. Because of the curvature of the coastline, the ocean lies about 5 miles east and about 20 miles south. The surrounding terrain is typical of coastal Carolina, with low-lying, gently rolling land with rivers, creeks, and lakes with considerable swamp and marshland adjoining them. Large wooded areas alternate with cultivated fields.

The maritime location makes the climate unusually mild for its latitude, with daily temperature variations less than many nearby areas. Summers are warm and humid, usually with cool afternoon breezes but without excessive heat. High temperatures of 90 degrees F are reached about 1 day in 3, but 100 degree temps are rare. Cold air from the north invades in winter and doesn’t last, and the season is short and mild. On average, daytime temperatures stay below freezing only once a year. Rainfall is well distributed with most occurring during summer thunderstorms. The area is subject to coastal storms and hurricanes, with high winds, high tides, and heavy rain. Winter rain is more likely to be slow and steady, often lasting 2 to 3 days. Snow accumulation is rare.


Highlights


CITY - Southport
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Quick Facts About Southport


ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Southport is 6.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Southport jobs have Increased by 2.89 percent.

COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Southport's cost of living is 21.70% Higher than the U.S. average.

POPULATION
As of 2014, Southport's population is 2,887 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 20.69 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Southport is $268,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.90 percent.

SCHOOLS
Southport public schools spend $9,478 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.2 students per teacher in Southport.


Southport Housing Market


It's a good time to buy in Southport. Home Appreciataion is up 0.9% in the last 12 months. Browse Southport Real Estate.
The median home price in Southport is $268,200. Browse Homes in this Range.
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Comments


Not so bad
I hated to leave the other reveiw stand alone. Yes cost of living is higher in Southport than say Whiteville or Fayetteville. You do pay a premium to live next to the... (read more)
Southport, NC
Southport is a great place to live if you can stand the cost of living. Housing prices are high, taxes are high, and utilities are expensive. The city of Southport is... (read more)
Beautiful place
I found the other reviews interesting stating that the housing market is priced high. This is very subjective and based on what they've looked at. We live in NJ and are... (read more)
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