We love Wilmington, North Carolina

It’s hard not to when you’ve been declared “The Next Big Thing” by national media as one of the best places to live in North Carolina.

Nestled between the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington strikes an enviable balance between a casual lifestyle and global business opportunities and makes an ideal destination for moving to North Carolina. Entrepreneurial zeal permeates every facet of the community, giving it the vibrancy of a city much larger in size, with the ease of living found in a small town.

It’s easy to see why the Wilmington demographics reflect our citizens’ passion about our hometown. Every day is an opportunity for a beach vacation only minutes away… experiencing pure creativity at an original theater performance… launching a start-up with the support of innovative minds and angel investors… checking out body art and a local band at an eclectic tavern… holding a meeting in an outdoor cafe… or welcoming a new neighbor and their customs.

View of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge from the River Walk


A diverse economy, bordered by river and ocean

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Year-round outdoor lifestyle, artistic diversity and historic downtown seaport

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View from the River Walk in Downtown Wilmington


Our people and our passions make it a great place to live

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Crew filming in front of a green screen at GEM Studios in Wilmington

Wilmington Business

With the state’s largest National Register Historic District, Wilmington has a keen sense of tradition and preservation, as well as a need to push beyond the conventional. The city leverages this balance to build the Wilmington business community and attract global corporations like GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Verizon Wireless, PPD, GE Aviation, and Corning. Companies large and small fall in love with the historic charm, quality of life, big-city amenities and skilled workforce.

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Wilmington Relocation

But don’t take our word for it, or anyone else’s. Experience life filled with balance and vibrancy, whether your passion is kayaking, antiquing in a refurbished cotton market, golfing on a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, sailing the Atlantic, or simply scouting a site for your business that your employees will love.

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Wilmington Economy & Cape Fear Future

Wilmington’s diverse, balanced economy, includes strong pockets of tourism, film making, pharmaceuticals and related industries, financial, retail, construction, service, education and government. To fuel the growing need for skilled workers, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s flagship initiative, Cape Fear Future, seeks to further develop the area’s knowledge sector economy to promote economic development and ensure the future prosperity of the region.

Cape Fear Future has three main focus areas:

  • Quality of life
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education/workforce development
Panorama of Wilmington and The Cape Fear River

Wilmington Accolades & Chamber News

We’re not just partial to Wilmington because we’re lucky enough to live here. In 2014, Wilmington was voted “America’s Best Riverfront” by USA Today and was ranked #5 on Forbes list of America’s Smartest Cities. In 2011, Outside Magazine named Wilmington “One of the Best Towns” and declared the area to be “The Next Big Thing.” Bloomberg Business Week ranked Wilmington “The #7 Most Fun, Affordable City.” Forbes rated the area one of the 15 best in the country for business and careers. And the accolades just keep coming… one of the 100 Best Arts Towns… Best Places to Launch a Business… Top 10 Recreation Cities.

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce works every day to strengthen the regional economy and enhance quality of life in the community by harnessing the collective vision and power of local business…so we can keep the accolades coming.