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What Wilmington is like for active adults

Wilmington is a fast growing city at the mouth of the Cape Fear River on the Carolina coast. The city has a historic center and a mile long walk along the river. Great Carolina beaches are just minutes away.  UNC - Wilmington is a big plus for the town. The population was about 109,000 in 2012.

Wilmington is the commercial center of the area. Mayfaire Town Center is the ultimate shopping experience in Wilmington with over 50 stores. The Cotton Exchange is located in historic downtown Wilmington and is known for their 23 specialty shops.

There are more than 50 golf courses within an hours drive - public, private, semi-private. Many active adult communities in the area feature golf courses. Some of the more popular golf courses in the Cape Fear area include Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation and Bald Head Island Club. Photos of downtown and Bellamy Mansion courtesy of Wikipedia (Jason W. Smith and Billy Hathorn).

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

According to the NAR, the media home sale price was  $214,500 in mid 2015. reports the  median sale price to be much lower at $171,500. Places near the water and in desirable neighborhoods will be more. There are amany ctive communities in the area (see link at right).

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What is special about this retirement community

Wilmington has the beautiful southern coast of North Carolina. It has a large university (UNC - Wilmington), access to the Carolina beaches, and many great communities for active adults to live in. Its one mile long Riverwalk on the Cape Fear River is a major tourist attraction. The downtown has an extensive historical area.

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What is not special about this retirement community
It is hot and humid in the summer. Parts of the downtown have urban type problems. Many who have visited or move here are unhappy about crime, racial tensions, traffic, and uncontrolled growth.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People who want to live near the coast in the milder climate of southern North Carolina.  It is a city, but it is a manageable size. There is plenty of recreation, much of it centered on the water.
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Local economy is driven by
Retail, education (UNC-Wilmington), medical, construction, tourism
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Climate and Physical Environment
Wilmington is in southern North Carolina, near the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River. The average high in July is 90 and the average January low is 36.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Wilmington may be a small city but it doesn’t lack when it comes to the arts. As a center for both performing and visual arts, the community’s calendar is packed full of events. UNC - Wilmington generates many cultural and sporting events
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The crime rate is much higher than the U.S. average.
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Medical facilities
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the local hospital
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Wilmington Regional International Airport provides service to Wilmington. There is local bus service
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Valuable Links

North Carolina retirement guide
Craigs List for Wilmington
Wikipedia for Wilmington
Wilmington Realtor for Active Adult Communities

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What people are saying about Wilmington

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One of our members, needapalmtree, has posted some interesting observations about his or her visits to Wilmington, including an active community that looked interesting. Worth reading in the Comments section following this article
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Facts about WILMINGTON
  • State: NC
  • Environment: College Town,Coastal,Small-mid Sized City,Boating Community,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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