Relocation Guide - Relocating to Wilmington NC

Relocation to Wilmington and North Carolina's Southern Coast

North Carolina’s Southern Coast: A Top Choice for Relocation North Carolina’s Southern Coast is a burgeoning relocation destination that is exploding in popularity. The coastal city of Wilmington, NC and its 120,000 residents is the economic “hub” that drives the area. Within a 45-minute drive from this port city, you’ll find nearly a dozen beach communities – each with its own unique style and flair. The climate, lifestyle, cultural activities, low tax rates, and overall quality of living is what makes this area one of the most attractive relocation destinations in the United States.


Voted “America’s Best Riverfront”, the port city of Wilmington serves as the economic “hub” and is the portal to nearly a dozen area beach communities. Rivaling Charleston and Savannah in its charm and history, Wilmington provides a relaxed coastal lifestyle with a blooming array of cultural activities. From the riverfront to the historic Downtown area to the golf-centric neighborhoods of Landfall and Porters Neck, there is something that fits everyone’s lifestyle.  Discover Wilmington >>>

Wrightsville Beach

This upscale, picturesque island community retains its village-like feel and wonderful sense of a traditional beach town. Whether it’s an oceanfront property or a home with sweeping views of the sound, Wrightsville Beach is a unique beach community that is highly coveted.  Discover Wrightsville Beach >>>

Figure Eight Island

A private and exclusive island community, Figure Eight Island features unique upscale homes by award-winning architects and with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and sound. Figure Eight is the ultimate retreat where you can enjoy inviting waters, white sandy beaches, beautiful surroundings, no tourists or traffic, and yet still be close to all of the amenities that nearby Wilmington, NC has to offer.  Discover Figure Eight Island >>>

Carolina Beach/Kure Beach

Together known as “Pleasure Island”, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are just south of Wilmington and provide a laid-back and down-to-earth beach vibe. Here you’ll find the kind of small-town beach you visited as a kid. The lifestyle here is centered around water activities, including boating, fishing, and kayaking. Enjoy the beautiful seaside surroundings in this fun-loving beach community.  Discover Pleasure Island >>>

Ocean Isle Beach

Located in Brunswick County between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC, this South-facing island community has a warm, family-friendly culture. Ocean Isle Beach maintains a small-town feel year-round, and the homes in the area are generally more affordable than similar homes on other area beaches.  Discover Ocean Isle Beach >>>

Topsail Island

Comprised of the three towns of North Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Topsail Beach, Topsail Island is a 26-mile long barrier island just north of Wilmington, NC. You’ll likely see canoes, kayaks, and private watercraft navigating the nearby estuaries and wetlands in this boater’s paradise. Add beautiful sunrises over the ocean and spectacular sunsets over the sound, and Topsail Island could easily star in an ad for idyllic coastal living.  Discover Topsail Island >>>

Bald Head Island

Paradise unplugged. Accessible only by ferry or private boat, Bald Head Island is a secluded and ecological paradise. Instead of automobiles, residents and vacation home owners drive golf carts, ride bicycles, or travel on foot. Nature is the star attraction here. The island boasts 14 miles of pristine sandy beach, thousands of acres of protected marshes and maritime forest preserve, and an 18-hole championship golf course.  Discover Bald Head Island >>>


For many years, Leland was a sleepy little town across from the Cape Fear River from Wilmington, NC. Today, Leland is the fastest growing area in the state of North Carolina, and one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Beautiful, master-planned communities – some with golf courses – now grace the landscape here. With its low tax rate, beautiful natural amenities, and strategic location, Leland is a booming area that is popular for relocatees.  Discover Leland >>>

Other areas to explore: Oak Island | Southport | Sunset Beach | Holden Beach | Hampstead | Shalotte

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