Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, situated in New Hanover County, is a city made up of 41.5 square miles.

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Wilmington is the county seat of New Hanover County.  

Wilmington was a central location for anti-British rule sentiment prior to the Revolutionary War. The town would later be home to POW camps during World War II, holding hundreds of German prisoners.


The median resident age in Wilmington is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $39,000 making it about $11,000 less than the North Carolina average.

The estimated per capita is about $29,000. The average price for a home in Wilmington is about $236,000 (2016) which is $76,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Wilmington is 72% White, 18% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 8% other. 91% of the population are high school graduates, with 41% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 11% are divorced, 2% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 44% that have never been married.

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New Hanover County

Carolina Beach belongs to New Hanover County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after the House of Hanover, is part of the Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. New Hanover County has a population of 203,000 and its largest city Wilmington, with a population of 112,000, is the county seat.

In 1729, the county was formed as New Hanover Precinct of Bath County. Bath County was dissolved in 1739, and all of its precincts became counties.

A few of the last battles of the Civil War took place in New Hanover County including the Battle of Wilmington, and the Second Battle of Fort Fisher.

New Hanover County borders Pender and Brunswick counties.

New Hanover County is made up of 328 square miles. 192 of which is land with the remaining 136 as water.


The population of Wilmington, NC is about 118,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the early 1800s.


The elevation of Wilmington, NC is 30 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Wilmington, NC are 28401 and 28403.

Area Code

The area code for Wilmington, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Wilmington and New Hanover County have voted mostly Republican, with 50% going to Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 53% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 40% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 7%.


The unemployment rate for Wilmington is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average. Food service, retail, and manufacturing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Star News and Port City Daily are the primary newspapers that cover the New Hanover County area.


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