Renter's Guide to Wilmington
The city of Wilmington, NC is a beautiful beach town, known for it’s small-town feel despite its nearly 115,000 residents. The city is only a short, 20-minute drive from most beaches, 125 miles from Raleigh, and 200 miles from Charlotte.
Since the city is close to the Southeast coast, the weather in Wilmington is typically warm during the spring and summer months with high humidity, while the fall and winter months are beautiful and mild.
Wilmington, NC Demographics
- Total Population111,998
Female 52,752Male 59,246
- Median Age34.9
Cost of Living in Wilmington, NC
For a beach town, the cost of living in Wilmington is relatively low, one of the city’s best attributes (aside from the beaches). Despite Wilmington having a wide variety of restaurants and seafood, two can eat for most places in town for $50 or less. However for basic utilities like water, gas, and electricity, residents can expect to pay close to $200 per month, slightly above the national average.
Public transportation to get around Wilmington is operated by the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority, and services include the Wave Transit bus service, shuttle service, and a free downtown trolley.
Average Rent in Wilmington, NC
- Wilmington, NC Average Rental Price, November 2018$1,041/mo
- 1 Bedroom$887
- 2 Bedrooms$1,006
Wilmington, NC Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0004%
Wilmington, NC Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Nov / 2018||$1,041||$746||$887||$1,006|
|Jan / 2018||$1,041||$746||$887||$1,006|
|Sept / 2017||$1,040||$701||$860||$1,025|
|May / 2017||$1,036||$693||$853||$1,015|
|Jan / 2017||$1,018||$701||$845||$993|
|Sept / 2016||$1,002||$680||$826||$974|
|May / 2016||$987||$636||$805||$966|
|Jan / 2016||$959||$657||$796||$927|
|Sept / 2015||$937||$668||$784||$917|
|May / 2015||$926||$643||$773||$906|
Living in Wilmington, NC
There’s no shortage of fun in Wilmington, as it’s combination of beaches, nightlife, events, and cultural diversity make it quite the place to live. And although the area is well-known for its beaches, the Cape Fear and Brunswick rivers are also a huge part of the city, as Wilmington has been named the best river city in the nation by USA today for three straight years.
The only real con of living in Wilmington is that as a coastal city, there is always the possible threat of a hurricane. However, it’s been years since the city was affected by hurricane, and the city of Wilmington is always well prepared just in case.
Things to do in Wilmington
A night out in Wilmington is always an experience, as the city boasts an active downtown scene with a wide variety of both dining and drinking options. And for the best of the best, Wilmington locals head to Manna for its craft cocktails and upscale atmosphere.
The downtown area is also packed with music fests and concerts, like the Downtown Sundown concert series, the Boogie in the Park festival, and the Jazz at the Mansion series, just to name a few.
Shopping is also very popular around Wilmington, especially in the downtown area, which is filled with boutiques, bakeries, and gourmet markets. And the city prides itself on being relatively chain-free, so most of the shops and stores around the area are locally-owned.
Not everything here costs money though, and there are plenty of free things to do in Wilmington. Several beaches less than a 30-minute drive away—including Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach—where visitors can fish, swim, and even take scenic nature walks.
Greenfield Park is also a popular local spot, especially for those with kids, with its gorgeous gardens, hiking trails, and amphitheatre. And kids and adults alike can check out the Cameron Art Museum, which features countless exhibits, as well as dance, music, and poetry events.
Sports fans in Wilmington can check out the Wilmington Hammerheads, a USL Pro League soccer team playing at Legion Stadium, or the University of North Carolina Wilmington has competitive baseball, soccer, and basketball teams.
Employment and Economy
Wilmington was voted 35th best place for business in the US, and some of the area’s major employers include the Hanover County Health Network, General Electric Nuclear, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Wilmington has a wide variety of jobs available, as the unemployment rate in Wilmington is 4.7%, resting well below both the national and North Carolina state averages.
The area is also often referred to as the “Hollywood of the East” since the Wilmington is home to EUE/Screen Gems Studios, the biggest movie studio outside of the state of California.
Wilmington, NC Households
- Total Number of Households48,425
Family 24,685Non-family 23,740
Children 11,026No Children 37,399
- Average People Per Household2.21
- Median Household Income$42,128
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$935
Education in Wilmington
The WIlmington area has very good public school districts, and also some of the highest ranked public schools in the state of North Carolina.
Wilmington, NC Education Statistics
- No High School3%
- Some High School27%
- Some College28%
- Associate Degree9%
- Bachelor Degree23%
- Graduate Degree11%
Tips for Renting in Wilmington
Wilmington tenant regulations are governed by North Carolina state law, and are very comparable to other state and federal tenant laws.
However, North Carolina tenants can exercise their “right to repair and deduct,” meaning they can actually legally refuse to pay rent if major repairs (like a broken water heater) are left neglected.
North Carolina also has its own policy when it comes to eviction notice. For monthly rentals, the eviction period is seven days: for a year-to-year rental, the minimum eviction notice is 30 days: and for mobile homes, the minimum eviction notice is 60 days.
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