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Frequently Asked Questions

When were prices and availability in Wilmington, NC last updated?

Prices and availability in Wilmington, NC were last updated on 24 May 2022.

What are the best apartments in Wilmington, NC?

The best apartments in Wilmington, NC are: Crosswinds Apartments, Still Meadow Village, Hawthorne at Indy West, The Creek and 17 Social.

What is the average rent in Wilmington, NC?

The average rent in Wilmington, NC is $1,492. Start your search for apartments in Wilmington, NC now.

What is the price range for a studio apartment in Wilmington, NC?

The price range for a studio apartment in Wilmington, NC is between $945 and $2,636. View all studio apartments in Wilmington, NC.

What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, NC?

The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, NC is between $999 and $3,466. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Wilmington, NC now.

What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, NC?

The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, NC is between $675 and $3,872. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, NC.

What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, NC?

The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Wilmington, NC is between $635 and $4,107. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Wilmington, NC.

Renter's guide to Wilmington, NC

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 Population120,194
  • Female 55,714
    Male 64,480
  • Median Age36

Wilmington, NC has a population of 120,194 according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 64,480 of Wilmington’s residents are women and 55,714 are men. The median age of those who live in Wilmington, NC is 36.

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, February 2022 $1,492 /mo

The average monthly rent of apartments in Wilmington, NC is $1,492.

    Wilmington, NC Apartment Rent Ranges

    About 32% of apartment rents in Wilmington, NC range between $1,501-$2,000. Meanwhile, apartments priced over > $2,000 represent 9% of apartments. Around 51% of Wilmington’s apartments are in the $1,001-$1,500 price range. 8% of apartments are priced between $701-$1,000.

    Wilmington, NC Rent Trends

    Average Rent Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 Jul / 2021 Nov / 2021 Feb / 2022
    Wilmington, NC $1,110 $1,147 $1,178 $1,177 $1,178 $1,185 $1,214 $1,244 $1,343 $1,431 $1,492
    National $1,362 $1,367 $1,399 $1,407 $1,409 $1,399 $1,403 $1,412 $1,495 $1,591 $1,628

    Compared to the national average rent of $1,628, the average rent in Wilmington, NC is $1,492.

    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, NC

    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.

    Wilmington, NC employment & 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 Households52,207
    • Family 25,645
      Non-family 26,562
    • Children 11,175
      No Children 41,032
    • Average People Per Household2.2
    • Median Household Income$47,580
    • Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,051

    According to U.S. Census data, there are 52,207 households in Wilmington, NC. 25,645 are family households and 26,562 are non-family households. There are 11,175 households with children in Wilmington and 41,032 households without children. On average, about 2.2 people live in a household in Wilmington, NC. The median income of a Wilmington household living in Wilmington is $47,580 per year. The median housing costs per month are $1,051.

    Education in Wilmington, NC

     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 also has several options for higher education, including Walden University, Cape Fear Community College, and the area’s flagship school, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

    Wilmington, NC Education Statistics

    The level of education of the population of Wilmington, NC is as follows: 2% have no high school education, 28% completed some high school, 25% partially completed college, 8% have an Associate Degree, 25% have a Bachelor Degree, and 12% have a Graduate Degree.

    Tips for renting in Wilmington, NC

    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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