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Old 03-21-2013, 08:57 AM
 
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Curios to know the differences between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach? Also, the difference between the two as far as cost of living, jobs, etc..
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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Curios to know the differences between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach? Also, the difference between the two as far as cost of living, jobs, etc..
A quick summary is that Wilmington is a real city of 100,000 people. It has industry and business jobs. However the unemployment rate is fairly high, and real estate is more expensive that other parts of North Carolina.

Myrtle Beach is primarily a tourist town and available jobs are service-oriented. As long as you are not looking at ocean-front, the real estate is probably less than in Wilmington. The property taxes are lower in Horry County than in New Hanover County. You can get cost of living numbers from many online calculators. For example, Wilmington as 10% cheaper overall, and 34% cheaper in housing, assuming a yearly income of $50,000. That may be skewed a bit as Wilmington has much high-end housing that Myrtle Beach does not have.

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Myrtle Beach is the quintessential resort beach town....it is filled with attractions/restaurants/golf courses and has only recently (last 20 or so years) been a place to retire. It's ENTIRE economy is based on tourism (and the beach)...it was built on that. Myrtle Beach is the central point of the Grand Strand, which is essentially a whole bunch of beachfront communities, Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet, N Myrtle Beach, even into Calabash in NC.

Wilmington is a full fledged city on the coast...it has history based upon its riverfront location and use as the main port for NC (just as Charleston was the main port for SC). It is flanked by a few coastal beach towns in Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Southport (which is at the mouth of the river)...its has suburbs in Hampstead and Leland....it has industry upstream and its in the middle of a substantial riverfront redevelopment effort that will adjoin its prominent Historic District. It is a tourist place to go in that you are visiting the City/Region as a whole, with Beach options....similar to the Charleston area.

Myrtle Beach jobs are mostly all tourism/service sector oriented, Wilmington has more professional service jobs, but some tourism/service sector. The area's are not far apart and eventually may be one metro area with hopefully an interstate connection. It may take 25 more years but that's the way its moving.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:57 AM
 
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Is Wilmington a good , safe place to live?
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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Is Wilmington a good , safe place to live?
For the most part, yes...the areas around the public housing (which is in various stages of redevelopment) are the high crime areas...Wilmington's crime numbers are getting better as its population continues to grow. It had an area of town that was a high crime area and since its population numbers were low, it made the whole town appear less safe than it really is.

But that high crime area is much better than it used to be...numerous public housing redevelopment projects have been completed over the past 20 years, but there is still a few more to transform. Wilmington's issues are usually traffic/alcohol related and some property crimes.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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Is Wilmington a good , safe place to live?
Absolutely, as long as you aren't looking public housing projects. There are also many apartment areas populated with UNCW students, and that could mean loud parties.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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Myrtle Beach is a tourist beach town. It's what you would think a commercialized beach would be like. Beach shops, chain restaurants, chain hotels, casinos, attractions, etc.

Wilmington is a city, with suburbs and different neighborhoods/areas. It's also much bigger than MB. Wilmington has a large tourism industry like MB but it's economy is not only made up of tourism. It has a large film industry, and is a historic city.
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