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Old 06-27-2014, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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I know answers to this will have some subjectivity, but I am considering a move to the Wilmington NC area and would be curious what thoughts are on the friendliness and such of the people that live there, especially from anybody who moved there from another state. I am currently in MN and sometimes people speak of 'Minnesota/Midwestern nice', so wondering if people on the east coast / Wilmington tend to be more distant, or are they also just as nice/friendly? Just wanting to know if the denser east coast population makes people e.g. more cautious of making friends, etc. Or are people around Wilmington pretty friendly/ What has been your experience?
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:46 AM
 
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It's a college town, and there are a lot of people here who aren't from here. There's a WIDE range of people and classes, from poverty to multi-millionaires. No one is going to give it a second thought, that you aren't "from here".
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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I'd say that whatever you thought of the people where you live now, you will find the people here pretty much the same. People are people everywhere.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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After living here for 18 months Im happy to say Im out of here . This town if your a college kid or 65 or above is horrible.
Traffic is terrible, crime per capita is off tge charts the service community (accept medical , Police and Fire EMS who are all great) is horrible.
They embelish the size and quality of the festivals entertainment and quality if life to get people to pay the inflated prices here.
The local people dont want outsiders they dont make you feel welcome .
This is a sleepy beach town with an arrogant attitude!
I do not reccomend anyone move here we are a 50's professional couple who were extremely unhappy with our experience living here!
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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people in wilmington are like people in NY, because that is where everyone is from. look at the st. james thread.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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After living here for 18 months Im happy to say Im out of here . This town if your a college kid or 65 or above is horrible.
Traffic is terrible, crime per capita is off tge charts the service community (accept medical , Police and Fire EMS who are all great) is horrible.
They embelish the size and quality of the festivals entertainment and quality if life to get people to pay the inflated prices here.
The local people dont want outsiders they dont make you feel welcome .
This is a sleepy beach town with an arrogant attitude!
I do not reccomend anyone move here we are a 50's professional couple who were extremely unhappy with our experience living here!
Crime is average, no where even close to "off the charts". If you live in any city in America, there are good and bad parts of town. Wilmington isn't an exception. I have never felt unsafe here whatsoever.

To the OP, I personally like the people here. I've only recently moved but I've spent a lot of time here in the past and overall, people are very friendly (whether they be original North Carolinians or people from other states).It is a good mix of transplants, natives, young and old. A demographic that is unique (at least coming from where I come from) and fun to be around.

There is a TON to do (contrary to what a lot of grumpy people here say) and the beaches are great.

The other negative everyone is so quick to throw out is that there aren't any jobs. Me and my gf are both in our mid-20s with graduate degrees. We moved here on a whim without jobs secured and both got a good job within 2 weeks. If you are motivated and like this area, move. It's a great town.

The traffic does really suck though.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:36 AM
 
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Crime is average, no where even close to "off the charts". If you live in any city in America, there are good and bad parts of town. Wilmington isn't an exception. I have never felt unsafe here whatsoever.

To the OP, I personally like the people here. I've only recently moved but I've spent a lot of time here in the past and overall, people are very friendly (whether they be original North Carolinians or people from other states).It is a good mix of transplants, natives, young and old. A demographic that is unique (at least coming from where I come from) and fun to be around.

There is a TON to do (contrary to what a lot of grumpy people here say) and the beaches are great.

The other negative everyone is so quick to throw out is that there aren't any jobs. Me and my gf are both in our mid-20s with graduate degrees. We moved here on a whim without jobs secured and both got a good job within 2 weeks. If you are motivated and like this area, move. It's a great town.

The traffic does really suck though.
Agree with all of this. The traffic is nowhere near as bad as in most big cities, and is light compared to most big cities especially DC area where I come from. The problem is there are few primary streets for getting around, people get impatient and inattentive and I would say there are a lot of bad drivers and accidents. So while I wouldn't say traffic in general is that heavy, I would say it can be dangerous and it is important to stay attentive and watch out for the other guy.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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I have lived in NC for about 11 years now and I have been visiting Wilmington for the past 2 years every chance I get. My family and I are moving there in a few weeks. I have never come across any horrible people. I love the atmosphere, the traffic isn't any more abnormal than any other city place, yes it can be congested during summer. The people here seem wonderful to me compared to the ones I've had to deal with where I am now. We are beyond excited to start a new beginning in Wilmington.
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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We moved here recently and have really noticed how nice the people are here. We noticed it right away on our first visit.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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Default I found the people very friendly and helpful

I just returned from a one week visit it Wilmington. It was my third visit in the last 12 months. I am originally from Long Island but have been living in New Jersey for the last 18 years. My husband and I are considering moving to wilmington and have been trying to get a feel for what it would be like to live there. I'll say this: the people we have encountered have been very friendly and super nice. There is a laid back feel in the downtown area and everyone I spoke to who moved to wilmington from another state said they loved living there and most mentioned the friendliness of those that live there as a major asset to the area. One store owner from New Jersey told me about 85% of the non-natives that he has met are very happy in Wilmington. The remaining 15% don't like it and want to leave. We spent about 50% of our time in the downtown area, the remaining time was spent visiting neighborhoods and areas in the greater Wilmington area and wrightsville Beach. Once you leave the downtown area and head east, traffic picks up and there is less of a laid back feel, but the people were all still friendly. There are many types of people ... Lots of college age kids and 20 somthethings especially in the downtown area and some of them are kind of grungy looking or tattoo/artsy types (sorry for generalizing), but they sort of do their own thing and seemed perfectly fine. The town needs to figure out how to attract better stores and business that provide jobs. They also need to spruce up the downtown Area. There is great potential In wilmington but I worry that there is a lack of leadership in the business community and government. If they can get their act together and work together on a development plan for the city, it would be a great place to live. According to many, it already is a great place to live but in my opinion as an outsider looking in, more is needed.
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