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Pros

-Historic downtown
-Nearby beaches
-Mild winters

Cons

-Isolation
-Cost of living
-Crime rates


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.


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Quick Facts About Wilmington


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Wilmington is 5.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Wilmington jobs have Increased by 2.89 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Wilmington's cost of living is 0.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Wilmington's population is 107,116 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 18.84 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Wilmington is $154,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Wilmington public schools spend $9,988 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.8 students per teacher in Wilmington.

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Comments


Relax, you're in the South now.
I get a chuckle out of the negative reviews here regarding Wilmington (especially the cultural aspects). Wilmington was just rated the best riverfront city in the... (read more)
re: Neighborhoods of Wilmington - 8/21/2014
Hi Steve! Did you ever make the big move to Wilmington? Curious to see if you ended up here yet or were still looking! ... (read more)
Amazing place to call home!
Wilmington, NC is a truly awesome place to live! Having lived here for over 11 years now, I'm pretty sure I'm never leaving :) Since Wilmington is a peninsula -... (read more)
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