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Old 02-04-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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Hi. I'm looking to raise my young kids in a laid back beach town with lots of activities and southern hospitality. We love Wilmington. But is it mostly people in their 20s and retirees? Or will I be able to meet people around my age group? I'm moving from DC, divorced, seeking a lifestyle change. Any advice is appreciated
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC.
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There's lots of middle aged. I don't see an abnormal number of retires. The closer you are to UNCW the more the college kids appear. The farther away from UNCW you go they disappear pretty quick. I will say if youre by UNCW it doesn't turn into some crazy college party. We've seen nothing but nice respectful kids walking and riding bikes.
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:11 AM
 
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The biggest issue in Wilmington would be what your income needs are because the economy there is notorious for low wages (at least in many sectors) and underemployment, if people can find a job at all. Demand for jobs (again, in most sectors) exceeds supply, and employers pay accordingly, so in encounters with service employees (i.e. stores and restaurants), time and time again, it becomes obvious that the staff is very overqualified for the work they are doing.

In terms of the southern hospitality, which can be a bit elusive in and of itself, keep in mind that in the Wilmington area, it's going to be diluted when compared to some of the state.Wilmington is among the areas in the state that have so many people moving from other parts of the country that the southern hospitality (i.e. slower pace of life, Southern accents everywhere you go, etc.), though it occasionally present itself, is not going to be as prevalent as it would be in smaller communities that have more natives.

Not that there aren't some nice people in Wilmington who aren't from there, but the area isn't going to present itself as having the "Southern hospitality" as some of the areas if you were to drive 30 minutes to an hour inland.

But on the flip side, those areas aren't going to have the amenities of Wilmington and may be more cliquish to people from outside the area, so that southern hospitality doesn't always present itself the way you would think. And please don't take this with any personal offense, but I think most areas would be an improvement over the hospitality of DC.
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:44 PM
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Depending on job prospects, Swansboro and Beaufort seem much more laid back. Certainly much smaller.
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:30 PM
 
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Thank you all.
Jowel, agreed. Compared to DC, huge improvement re hospitality!!
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:58 AM
 
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Weren't you previously going to Cary or Apex? That would certainly be more socially active than Wilmington.
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:17 PM
 
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Yes! Still an option. But I would love to be by the beach. Making my decision by Spring. And leaving D.C. By end of the year. Not knowing anyone will be tough but it seems like a friendly place so hopefully it won't be an issue
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC.
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There's lots of different groups and meetups you can join to make the acclimation process easier. I think that was the right term to use (acclimation). There's even an app called Meetup that alot of people use with different interest groups you can join. Parenting, kyaking, SUP, hiking and running their all there.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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Bella, hi! answering your original post-i think you will LOVE Wilmington. Obviously, we are very new, but we are 40 and our kids are 7 and 11 and there are tons of things to do! not at all just for students and retirees! and, if you look at Willowick or Melton Oaks, tons of kids and Parsley is an amazing school!!! i'll PM you some more about the questions you asked before
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