A stunning coastal city of North Carolina, Wilmington sports scenic views of the Atlantic as well as a beautiful city skyline. Wilmington’s homes reflect the old-fashioned charm and southern seashore elegance of the area, with large bay windows, muted grey and blue exteriors, and a modern colonial feel. Although town homes are popular within the downtown region of Wilmington, larger suburban homes are prevalent in more residential areas.
The historic downtown of Wilmington is very large, a sweeping 300 blocks, some of which has been revitalized and restored into new small businesses, offices, and restaurants, and some of which is being converted into more modern establishments such as a new state of the art convention center. Old Wilmington, within the downtown area, is known for hallmarks such as the George Davis Monument, the Confederate Memorial, the Bellamy Mansion, the Cotton Exchange of Wilmington, the Temple of Israel, and the Murchison Building. Over a dozen sites and neighborhoods within Wilmington are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Brookwood Historic District, the Carolina Heights Historic District, the Sunset Park Historic District, and the Wilmington Historic District. More recent developments within the city serve to demarcate and blend residential and commercial areas, such as the Fort Fisher Area and the growing performing arts district.
Though Wilmington is part of North Carolina’s Research Coast, a hub of scientific and academic notability, it also relies heavily on various industries for its employment base. Clothing and apparel, food, paper products, pharmaceuticals, nuclear fuel and electrical, medical, and electronic telecommunications equipment are all materials that are produced in Wilmington. The tourism and leisure industry is another major cornerstone of Wilmington’s economy. Some of the city’s top employers include the New Hanover Health Network, the New Hanover County Schools, General Electric, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, New Hanover County, Verizon Wireless, Cape Fear Community College, and Pharmaceutical Product Development.