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Old 09-23-2014, 08:59 AM
 
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I am a mid to late career professional looking to relocate to the Wilmington, NC area. If I do decide to relocate I will be doing so with a job already obtained in Wilmington as I will be considering an offer in the next 30-45 days. I wanted to get some perspective from you who are already there or have relocated there in the past. I've been to Wilmington once about 2 years ago. It would be just myself and my wife with no kids. My wife is a mid career professional in the accounting world. Your impressions of the city, the area, beaches communities, pros and cons. I have lived on the east coast in the past but currently live in Western NC (essentially I do miss the ocean - a lot). Thank you.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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Your question is a bit broad. How much time did you spend here 2 years ago and what did you do while you were here?

I can give you a long, rambling list of my opinion of any and everything related to the Wilmington area, but it will be my opinion and may be totally irrelevant to you.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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I was in Wilmington NC merely for a 4 day conference and has some time to move about and explore but not really talk with locals about the city and area. This would be probably a final move in my work life as I am not too far off from retirement, 8 -10 years at most. I miss the ocean, grew up surfing and sailing along the east coast and like that activity. We like dinning out at good local resturants when available, some cultural activities are nice to have, like a variety fo live music, etc... We currently live in/near Asheville, NC but the pull to move to the ocean has surfaced and an employment opportunity may be coming. Trying to get a feel ffrom those living in Wilmington or those who did move there what the pros and cons are of the area. Thank you.
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We like dinning out at good local resturants when available, some cultural activities are nice to have, like a variety fo live music, etc... We currently live in/near Asheville, NC but the pull to move to the ocean has surfaced and an employment opportunity may be coming. Trying to get a feel ffrom those living in Wilmington or those who did move there what the pros and cons are of the area. Thank you.
As long as you don't expect too much, Wilmington will probably satisfy your needs. Asheville probably has a better food scene, as I understand. There is a live music scene in Wilmington, but we don't partake.

Many people think there is a lot of crime, but that depends on your perspective. It is far safer than Newark, NJ, but less safe than Northwoods, Minnesota. You can get a feel for many other opinions here: Is Wilmington, NC that bad?

The main thing I would suggest is scoping out job opportunities for your wife. If she can't find a suitable opportunity, would that affect your decision?
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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The cost of living in Wilmington is the highest in NC. But, if like being near the ocean you will probably love it. Since you don't have kids, I would assume your housing options will be numerous, since school district is not a concern.
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