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Founded in 1739, Wilmington is sandwiched between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean giving it the best of both worlds – the culture of the historic downtown and the relaxation of beach life. Downtown, visitors can take a carriage ride along the Cape Fear River to view converted historic buildings and quaint Victorian homes or stop at one of the many unique shops and restaurants. On the Atlantic side of New Hanover County, visitors have the choice between Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. They can lie out with their toes in the sand and watch the pelicans fly by, or if they prefer something faster paced, the Wilmington area is a popular destination for surfers.
Wilmington’s mild climate change is favorable to those wanting to escape the harsh winters of the North or the constant heat of the far South. The weather stays warm into the beginning of fall, but the color changes that many love still occur. Matter-of-fact, Flowers bloom throughout the winter leading to an amazing color display in the spring when beautiful pink and white azaleas, and dogwoods fill the streets of Wilmington with Southern charm.
New Hanover County has over 20 parks with outdoor sports facilities that are host to a number of leagues in the area – Biking, Disc Golf, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Football, Tennis, and even Equestrian. It’s also home to two beautiful gardens, Airlie Gardens and The Arboretum, that host classes, concerts, and holiday light displays in addition to their walking trails.
Never short on entertainment, Wilmington has a number of community events throughout the year, including the North Carolina Azalea Festival, Riverfest, Greek Festival, Festival Latino, and the Cucalorous Film Festival. It’s also home to the Battleship North Carolina and Screen Gems Studios, the largest movie and television studio outside of California, both of which are open to tours.
Though Wilmington has a number of different entertainment attractions, it is not just a tourist destination. Wilmington is a center for higher learning. It has two fine choices for higher education, including the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. Their engaging programs and dynamic student life make them attractive choices for anyone continuing their education.
Wilmington has a diverse offering of primary and secondary education, including Montessori, year-round, early college, and private academies. It’s located in the New Hanover County School District, where there are over 35 schools. You can view district maps here. To see how students perform in Wilmington schools and how teachers compare to others in North Carolina, you can see school and district report cards at the North Carolina Public Schools website.
Career opportunities in Wilmington are varied. Some of the top employers in the area are New Hanover Regional Medical Center, New Hanover County Schools, Wal-Mart Stores, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and GE Aviation, UNCW, PPD, Corning Inc., CFCC, Duke Energy, Castle Branch, and Verizon Wireless. In recent years, the city has seen an expanding tech startup industry and brewery scene, and there’s no sign of it slowing.
If you have questions about living in Wilmington, we invite you to contact us. Wilmington has 6 zip codes to search for homes in and hundreds of communities/neighborhoods. Let us help you narrow down your home search!
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Battleship North Carolina Museum
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|Average value of the dwelling in which household lives||$273,231|
|Avg. years a household has lived in dwelling.||15 years|
This part contains all educational institutions in Wilmington.
School Name Phone Type Grades Rating M C S Noble Middle School 910-350-2112 Public 6-8 Cape Fear Center For Inquiry 910-362-0000 Public KG-8 Roland-Grise Middle School 910-350-2136 Public 6-8 Myrtle Grove Middle School 910-350-2100 Public 6-8 Charles P Murray Middle School 910-790-2363 Public 6-8 Wilmington Preparatory Academy 910-799-6776 Public KG-8 Emma B Trask Middle School 910-350-2142 Public 6-8 Williston Middle School 910-815-6906 Public 6-8 D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy 910-251-6150 Public 6-7 Cape Fear Academy Not Available Private PK-12 Lakeside 910-251-6161 Public 6-12 Lake Forest Academy 910-772-2515 Public KG-8 Myrtle Grove Christian School Not Available Private PK-8 Wilmington Seventy-Day Adventist School Not Available Private 1-8 St Mary Catholic School Not Available Private PK-8 Wilmington Christian Academy Not Available Private PK-12 St Mark Catholic School Not Available Private KG-8 Academy of Excellence Not Available Private 6-12 Calvary Christian School Not Available Private PK-8 Friends School of Wilmington Not Available Private PK-8 Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences Not Available Private 4-8
School Name Phone Type Grades Rating Isaac M Bear High School 910-350-1387 Public 9-12 John T Hoggard High School 910-350-2072 Public 9-12 Eugene Ashley High School 910-790-2360 Public 9-12 Emsley A Laney High School 910-350-2089 Public 9-12 New Hanover High School 910-251-6100 Public 9-12 Cape Fear Academy Not Available Private PK-12 Mary Sidberry Mosley Plc 910-251-6161 Public 9-12 Wilmington Christian Academy Not Available Private PK-12 Academy of Excellence Not Available Private 6-12 Coastal Christian High School Not Available Private 9-12 Lakeside 910-251-6161 Public 6-12
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