Welcome to Wilmington

History and southern charm with a modern twist

From the vast Atlantic Ocean, up the winding Cape Fear River lies Wilmington, North Carolina. With a stroll along the Riverwalk, you can watch the ships glide across the water and deliver cargo to the city’s port. Shops and restaurants pepper the area, ready to welcome weary travelers and residents alike. 

Wilmington’s history, cityscape, and natural beauty have been a beacon to the television and film industry for years, with some dubbing it Hollywood of the East. When locals tire of the bustling city or celebrity sightings, they drive to one of the neighboring beaches for another type of fun and relaxation. Each island has its unique character offering different points of interest for visitors. Between the city and the surrounding area, Wilmington has something for everyone. 

What to Love

  • Abundant entertainment, restaurants, and shopping
  • Access to other cities and towns
  • Inviting nearby beaches
  • The Cargo District features great amenities and spaces for small businesses

Local Lifestyle

The river may be the city’s lifeblood, but the people are the heart. Locals are friendly, welcoming, and imbued with that famous southern hospitality. 

More and more people are discovering the captivating city of Wilmington. While some people move here for their careers, others come for the climate and the atmosphere. Those looking to jump-start their business can do so in the Cargo District, which has flex spaces of shipping containers that can be rented out monthly as office spaces. The summers are hot, and the winters are relatively mild. The city has fantastic community events, parks, beaches, and nightlife. Wilmington has existed for centuries, but the people have kept it vibrant and full of life.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

The Caprice Bistro is a treat for your palate and your eyes. Try the perfectly seasoned duck confit and the rich chocolate torte for dessert in comfy, chic surroundings. When looking for fresh and local ingredients in your meals, Rum Cow is a great option known for their American fare with a global flair. Their new world approach is seen in everything from the ambiance to the food, which is sure to wow. Circa 1922 also serves traditional cuisine with a modern flair. They use fresh, locally sourced ingredients like the seafood they procure from local merchants. On Saturdays, diners are treated to a live piano performance while enjoying their delicious meal. 

Edge of Urge is a trendy shop that showcases goods made by independent and emerging designers around the world, most specifically in North Carolina. Shopping here is a great way to support independent artists, and they also host classes, workshops, and special events. ZIA Boutique has modern and classic pieces. Their team can style you for those special events when you want to look and feel your best. Oliver has curated casual and denim clothes for men and women. They have been helping people get a stylish look effortlessly for years. 

Things to Do

Wilmington hosts community activities throughout the year, like the seasonal Riverfront Farmer’s Market. However, one of the biggest and most anticipated events is the annual Azalea Festival in April. People come from all over to attend the festivities, such as the parade, live music, ball and garden parties, street fairs, and fireworks.

Wander around the magnificent Airlie Gardens and explore the colorful vegetation and special seasonal exhibits. Biggers Market is a seasonal spot great for buying flowers, produce, meats, cheeses, and specialty products.

Appreciate the history and the stories of the courageous men that served on board the World War II Battleship North Carolina, docked across from downtown Wilmington. You can take a guided tour or explore the ship on your own. The Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington is the city’s number one attraction. The two-mile path follows the banks of the Cape Fear River. Take time to see the sights and visit the parks, restaurants, and boutiques along the way. 


Wilmington is in the New Hanover County School District. There are many public schools in the district, some of which include:



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Overview for Wilmington, NC

1,401 people live in Wilmington, where the median age is 51 and the average individual income is $60,651. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Wilmington, NC

Wilmington has 855 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Wilmington do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,401 people call Wilmington home. The population density is 13,859.655 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Wilmington, NC

There's plenty to do around Wilmington, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Produce Box, Mimi & Papa’s Gourmet Popcorn and Sweet Shop, and Port City Brew Bus.

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Dining · $$ 1.06 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.14 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.15 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.22 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.46 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.67 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

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