About the City . . .
Wilmington is the principal city in and the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina. We are bordered on the west by the Cape Fear River and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmington NC and the beaches of the Cape Fear Coast -- Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach -- hold delights and curiosities around every corner. Set sail or learn to surf. Explore a Civil War battlefield or a WWII battleship.
Wilmington, NC was rated number 11 in a recent Forbes survey as the best place to live in the United States. We have a four year university - UNCW, an historic district surrounding the downtown waterfront, art museums, movie studios, good industries, and a wide variety of private home communities - both modest and upscale. We have a friendly population of around 100,000 composed of natives and transplants from all over the world. Traffic at our airport has increased each of the last three years and provides direct flights to both local and international destinations.
The area is growing rapidly, with population growth estimated at about 4.7% per year. Business growth has also been phenomenal, ranking at one point in the 1990s as the second fastest growing city in the country, second only to Las Vegas. State economists have forecast growth in the Greater Wilmington area from 2004 - 2010 to be the fastest in the state, averaging around 7%. Fortunately, in spite of our growth, we still retain our small town atmosphere.