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Old 07-30-2009, 06:11 PM
 
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I live in castle hayne. I am 5 mins from dowtown and I love it just no work to pay for my bills.
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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Default Wilmington Cost of Living

I have read a lot of reports on here that Wilmington is overpriced. I have been looking to relocate for awhile now and Wilmington by far has the cheapest rent out of any place I have viewed in the VA beach area, the Charleston SC area and other areas of NC (raleigh, and charlotte). Is that because of the lack of work? To answer the previous posters question, I have two BA degrees, but as of right now re-evaluating what direction I want to take a career. I understand Wilmington lacks on the career aspect which is making me re-think my move. Is this the reason people seem to say cost of living is so high? The lack of a decent paying job? Wilmington, to me at least, seems on the cheaper side to afford, and I am far from wealthy...I guess just compaired to a two bedroom apartment in my neck of the woods here in NJ would be between 1500-1800 a month w/o hardly any amenities. Now thats overpriced! haha (just one of the reasons for a fresh change). Is 900-1000 a month really a tough price to pay and get by down there??
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:58 AM
 
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Is 900-1000 a month really a tough price to pay and get by down there??
If you're making $8/hour, yes, that's a tough price to pay. You have to be aware that the average person in Wilmington makes $28k/year, and the average family makes $40k/year.

If you're not a saver, you might be able to stretch that rent on a $40,000/year salary, but that will be difficult to find and competitive.

Using the rule of thumb that I go by, which granted is conservative, you'd need to be earning about $60,000/year to afford $1,000/month rent and live like a responsible person.

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Old 08-02-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Is 900-1000 a month really a tough price to pay and get by down there??
Not if you can afford it. There's definitely a lot out there.
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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GO to Wilmington you will lOVE IT, monkey junction is good. try some of the beach areas, all of it is great though
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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Don't live in VA beach or North eastern nc, go for south eastern nc or farther down
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Old 08-10-2009, 05:39 AM
 
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You could try Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg aw...The pay averages about $10.00 per hour.....Also Jerry Springer will be building a new studio in Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgaw this fall....
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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Monkey Junction is a great area. We hear that there are plans in the making that the River Road area up the road will be getting a Mayfaire type community. Being so close to such friendly beaches make this a really cool place to live.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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I moved to Kure Beach last month, and I do a lot of shopping in Monkey Junction as we don't have much in the way of retail that isn't tourist-centered on the island. I looked at Mayfaire and just found it to be ridiculously overpriced for what you get. There are some very nice communities in Monkey Junction, and the crime really isn't bad (I have several co-workers who live in the area and love it). As for me, the commute is about 30 minutes to downtown and the traffic can be frustrating, but it's worth it to be so close to the beach. I love Wilmington!

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Old 09-23-2009, 06:55 PM
 
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Welcome to Monkey Junction,
Great area, most everything you need. Great fast food and sit down restaurants. WAL-MART, LOWES and Home Depot. Pat's Auto is a must.
If you are concerned about saftey in the area or all of Wilmington, see Wilmington Crime Map > Recent crime and incident reports | StarNewsOnline.com | Wilmington Star News.
This is the best advice anyone could give you.
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