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Wilmington, NC Relocation Guide 

So you're considering a change in seasons? Be prepared for a change in attitude! Wilmington, NC is arguably one of the best cities in the country that still feels like a small town where folks sit on the porch and wave at neighbors passing by, take in a sunset concert by the river, or enjoy a seafood dinner overlooking the ocean.

The Cape Fear Region is like no other, immersed in history with a route to virtually every important American era from the first wave of settlers to the civil war. The Greater Wilmington area boasts a historical Riverwalk along the banks of the Cape Fear River, is fifteen minutes from the shores of Wrightsville Beach or Carolina Beach, and has the Intracoastal Waterway in between. Wondering how the Cape Fear got its name? Find out more.

Wilmington also hosts one of North Carolina's largest ports and is home to the Coast Guard Cutter, "Diligence." Wilmington has many names of endearment, among them the "Coast Guard City" and the "Port City." She is also home to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the Seahawks, and Cape Fear Community College, the Seadevils.


Although Wilmington is considered to have a subtropical, humid climate, she also has a spring that feels eternal, often lasting from February to May with very pleasant temperature ranges from the upper 60s to the lower 80s. Wilmington also is graced with lots of sunshine and mild winters. The average annual summer temperature is a hugging 82° F and an average winter temperature of 56° F. Everything in-between is what makes it so special around here, we still have our seasons and therefore our oh so loving "sweater weather" with an average spring/fall temperature of 66° F. The average annual rainfall is roughly about 57" and the average snowfall... what snowfall? Tropical storms do kiss the coast occasionally and breach the shores; but, coastal living expects such occurrences. 


No matter what your needs or taste, Wilmington has a neighborhood to meet your expectations. From the gated community of Landfall boasting both a Nicklaus and Pete Dye golf courses with Intracoastal Waterway views, to the multi-million-dollar oceanfront enclave of Figure Eight Island, upscale has many addresses in Greater Wilmington. Wilmington also delivers chic, eclectic condominiums nestled on the river and surrounding the Brooklyn arts district. If historical neighborhoods are your glass of sweet iced tea, Wilmington has choices from antebellum estates to colonial revivals to low country cottages. Perhaps, marina living interests you, with a plethora of waterways, Greater Wilmington also is home to berths to accommodate your thirty foot cruiser or 100' yacht, such as Inlet Watch or Dolphin Bay. There are also new and planned developments in various stages to fit every lifestyle. The rental market is affordable and equally as varied in options for size, type, and location.


Wilmington and New Hanover County offer public education with two Pre-Centers, 27 Elementary Schools, 10 Middle Schools, three High Schools, two Early College Schools, and a Career Readiness Academy. Additionally, there are a number of private schools, academies, and Charter Schools in the area. There are options for traditional and year-round classes in some areas.

Find helpful New Hanover County Schools resources here.

Or to find a list of school ratings visit



Wilmington has a strong taxi service, both land and sea, and an active Uber and Lyft market. Our fabulous local airport, ILM, makes you feel at ease and offers services of American Airlines/US Airways and Delta Airlines with non-stop service to Charlotte, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington DC. Overland bus service is available via the WAVE terminal, and sea charters can be arranged.

Health & Fitness

Wilmington is home to two Hospital facilities: New Hanover Regional Medical Center with the Betty H. Cameron Women & Children's Hospital, the Zimmer Cancer Center, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital, and Emergency Services and her sister hospital, Cape Fear Hospital with other clinics and satellite units throughout the region.

Wilmington boasts dozens of fitness businesses to keep you in shape from traditional gyms to hot yoga and pilates, to boxing clubs and running clubs. There are also hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails in and around the area. Find plenty of options to stay active while in the area and keep a look out for one of the many marathons and races here.

Food & Entertainment

Wilmington is home to tastefully diverse palate. From your fresh seafood establishments over looking the great ocean to finding yourself surrounded by lush gardens eating traditional Thai cuisine inside a hut. Sushi burritos to wine flavored gelato and our vegetarian and vegan fans will find endless amounts of fresh goodies. You will not go hungry here! 

Stay up to date on the area festivals, concerts and events here. You will not want to miss the extravagant Azalea Festival or the summer concert series, the Christmas light display in Airlie Gardens or the weekly farmers markets around town. 



Some of the major employers include clinical and pharmaceutical work, factory and operation, health and medical and various teaching opportunities. The use of indeed is a major platform that has helped thousands in our area find lasting opportunities to help maintain the lifestyle they are looking for. 

Arts & Culture

Wilmington is home to the Wilson Center - Cape Fear Community College Humanities & Fine Arts Center stage of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and newest venue to welcome national artists and productions. Wilmington is also home to the historic Thalian Hall, built in 1858, host to Live Theater, Musical Productions, Soloists, Dance Troupes, Cinema and the main venue for Cucalorus, Wilmington's Independent Film Festival in its 22nd year. Wilmington has a vibrant artist community with brilliant musicians, thespians, filmmakers, visual artists and performers. Wilmington is also home to EUE/Screen Gems Studios, one of four, who has been the home to over 400 productions.


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How to Make Wilmington Home

Registering your vehicle and driver's license

North Carolina law requires you transfer your driving license within 60 days of relocation. To obtain your North Carolina Driver's License, register your vehicle, boat, or trailer you must visit the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, for more information visit online at

Registering to vote

To register to vote, you may visit the New Hanover County Board of Elections online at

Establish Utilities



Water, Sewer & Trash:


Internet, Telephone & Television Services:                

Register for School

For current options and appropriate forms, please visit New Hanover County Schools at

For the University of North Carolina Wilmington, visit

For Cape Fear Community College, visit

Wilmington City Government


Tax Offices

Visit the New Hanover County Tax Department at their website: