Wilmington NC is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. With a sixty-two percent raise in population in the last decade, it is a rapidly growing community. Today approximately 97,000 people call Wilmington home. Although this dynamic city has grown and developed, it has retained its small town atmosphere.
The city is famous for its breathtaking beaches, amazing seafood restaurants, and historic plantations; but this city's most enchanting quality are her residents. The people of Wilmington are kind, welcoming, and hardworking; they are proud to call Wilmington home.
The local economy is thriving with companies such as: G.E., Du Pont, and Corning with installations here. There are also a number of smaller technological firms; AAI and Pharmaceutical Product Development are a couple. Through a collaborative effort between local government and private industry, the local economy is robust. This partnership is dedicated to offering local businesses all the assistance and resources needed for success, and it is working.
The cultural opportunities in Wilmington are endless; aquariums, museums, historical sites, festivals, libraries, film studios, theatres, downtown events, plantations and more can be enjoyed in this richly cultured city. Some of the favorites are the annual Azalea festival, and the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. A tourist favorite is following the filming of the hit TV shows Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill. Presently, crews are busy with the filming on Marvel's Iron Man 3.
Residents enjoy a variety of recreational activities. There are numerous parks and recreation facilities throughout the city. The Boxing and Physical Fitness Center is new to the city, it offers similar activities as local health clubs for a fraction of the price. Greenfield Grind Skate Park is a new skate park created from the hard work of volunteers. Fit for Fun is a parent-child interaction center offering all types of activities. Greenfield Amphitheater is a venue for performances, programs, festivals, and exhibitions for the community.
There are also a number of grassy parks with playgrounds, golf courses, community pools offering swimming lessons and free swim, stadiums and more. There are activities available for all types of recreation, and the temperate climate allows for outdoor recreation any time of year.
Antique shopping is a favorite past-time of locals and tourists, and there are numerous antique shops to choose from. North Carolina is known for its furniture production, and there are many beautiful furniture outlets locally. There are wonderful restaurants in town, many situated along the waterfront; seafood restaurants, fine dining, deli's, family restaurants and everything in between is available.
There are several colleges and Universities in and around the Wilmington area. The University of North Carolina-Wilmington is located in the city, Miller-Motte Business College, and the Cape Fear Community College are all in town. Nearby there are several other Universities to choose from.
There is an impressive public education system in the city, along with a large number of private schools available. The teachers and community strive for success in education, and the district's national test results reflect their hard work and pride.
Wilmington is a wonderful city for family, business, and recreation. It is rapidly growing and expanding. The city's rare combination of small town charm, high tech business opportunity, and proud citizenry create a highly desirable place to live.
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