Wilmington, North Carolina – Neighborhood and Community Information
Wilmington, North Carolina is the crown jewel of the Southeast. With miles of pristine beaches, a vibrant downtown area and many diverse neighborhoods in between, the greater Wilmington area has it all. In fact, Wilmington was voted "Best Riverfront City in America" in a 2014 reader's poll conducted by USA Today.
Conveniently located at the end of Highway 40, Wilmington offers an international airport, a major seaport, a large convention center, and a solid, growing infrastructure. Along with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, this has made Wilmington the area of choice for many large corporations, including GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, PPD, Corning, Verizon Wireless, Chiltern, and OpinionLab.
The quality of life in Wilmington is superb, and this is partly due to the city's museums, parks, nightlife and seasonal festivals, such as the Azalea Festival, RiverFest, and Cucalorus. Some of the more popular attractions in Wilmington include The Battleship Memorial, the Ft. Fisher Aquarium, Airlie Gardens, the Cameron Art Museum, Screen Gems Studios, and more.
According to Screen Gems, some recent films shot in Wilmington include "Iron Man 3" for Marvel, as well as "The Conjuring" and "We're the Millers," for New Line/Warner Bros. Wilmington has also played host to the filming of some popular TV shows, such as "Under the Dome" for CBS, "Eastbound and Down" for HBO, and "Sleepy Hollow" for Fox Television.
Wilmington also boasts a rich arts scene, with Thalian Hall as the centerpiece. Founded in 1858, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts has witnessed many concerts, musicals, and dance recitals. Visitors still enjoy touring the theatre, enticed by its intricate, beautiful architecture. You can listen to the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the Sarah Graham Kenan Memorial Auditorium, located on the UNCW campus. It also hosts international touring acts, student theater, and local musicians. Many other great venues are located in Wilmington, including the Community Arts Center, which is housed in one of the last remaining USO buildings from WWII, the Greenfield Lake Ampitheater, and the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Community College.
If education is the reason you're considering Wilmington, you will be pleased to know the University of North Carolina Wilmington has consistently been listed among the top ten Southern regional schools by U.S. News and World Report. Wilmington also has one of the state's largest community colleges, Cape Fear Community College, located in the historic downtown area nearby the Cape Fear River.
There is an enormous variety of nightlife to choose from in Wilmington. There are college bars, craft breweries, upscale downtown clubs, cozy beachside dive bars, waterfront eateries, and everything in between. A typical afternoon could include relaxing on the dock, eating seafood and watching the boats on the waterway at Dockside, or listening to one of our talented local bands at one of the many live music venues in the downtown area.
For locals and visitors alike, Wilmington has a lot to offer. Those of us on the Ed Wagenseller real estate team are proud to welcome all newcomers. We hope you'll agree that Wilmington, North Carolina is a great place to call home.
Wilmington North Carolina: About
The City of Wilmington is located in New Hanover County. Wilmington is a major tourist attraction thanks to its location along the beautiful Cape Fear River, amazing historic district and its designation as the home for the USS North Carolina Memorial. Businesses thrive here as well.
Weather in Wilmington
Wilmington has mild winters and warm summers. This means that daytime highs in the wintertime can average between 40 and 60 degrees, while temps in the summertime can start at 85 degrees and continue climbing. Spring and fall are typically much more enjoyable, with daytime highs averaging between 60 and 80 degrees.
The work force in Wilmington NC has remained relatively stable throughout the last decade. The industry with the highest economic growth in Wilimington is the service-related industry, primarily retail and tourism. Along with its status as the economic, cultural and services hub of southeast North Carolina, this has made the greater Wilmington area one of the fastest growing regions in the nation.
Education in Wilmington
The public educational needs for Wilmington are overseen by the New Hanover County School system. There are 41 schools in Wilmington that offer public education. The following links are a good resource for local schools in Wilmington, from parent reviews of public schools and private school information, to which neighborhoods are located in the best districts.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has been consistently named as one of the top regional schools in the South for years. Cape Fear Community College and the Miller-Motte Business College are both institutions of higher learning as well.
Areas of Interest in Wilmington
Wilmington is a great place to visit the past. The Burgin-Wright and Latimer Houses are wonderful places to sneak a peak at the Wilmington of yesteryear as well as the historic district. There are several fine art galleries and museums in Wilmington NC that highlight what makes Wilmington special. The parks, gardens (like Arlie Gardens) and wildlife showcase Wilmington NC in all its natural beauty as well. There are also over 45 golf courses for the golf enthusiast to enjoy.
The USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial is anchored in Wilmington NC. This historic WWII battleship pays homage to the brave men who fought for our country. Tours of the ship are offered daily and the museum exhibits photos, art work and other memorabilia documenting life aboard the battleship during the war.
Being situated along the Cape Fear River and near the Atlantic Ocean makes Wilmington NC an amazing place. Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beachare havens for family getaways, fishermen and even honeymooners. The marinas offer boat ramps and rentals so everyone can enjoy Wilmington NC's magnificent waters.
While it's beautiful during the day, Wilmington NC's Riverwalk absolutely comes alive at night. For more information about Wilmington and the local real estate market, or even to find out which restaurants, bars and shopping centers are favorites of the Ed Wagenseller real estate team, please don't hesitate to contact us.