Life in Wilson

Wilson, one of North Carolina's most beautiful cities, offers a vital community and tranquil way of life that invites you to put down roots in this city of modern amenities and old-fashioned charm. This year, WalletHub named Wilson the #4 Best Small Cities for Starting a Business. Read more here. 

Halfway between New York and Florida along I-95, Wilson is 45 miles east of Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park, and only two hours from the NC coast. The beautiful North Carolina mountains and other outstanding vacation spots are within an easy drive, too.

Wilson residents enjoy a community rich in educational, cultural and social opportunities. The local and business communities work together to support excellent public and private education. And Wilson is within a one-hour drive from a dozen major colleges and universities, including N.C. State, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University. Wilson is home to Wilson Community College, Barton College and the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. 

The cultural life of the area is enriched through gallery exhibitions, children's programs, artist support and facility use, including the performing arts at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Wilson is home to a one-of-a-kind Whirligig Park in Historic Downtown Wilson. The park provides artistic and educational opportunities for the community. Children and adults alike delight in Wilson's unique and dynamic hands-on science museum, Imagination Station. And, you can discover treasures of classic design antiques in Wilson, the 'City of Antiques'. 

Wilson also offers residents a full calendar of community events, a moderate year-round climate that offers plenty of opportunity for recreation. Golf, fishing, tennis and baseball make Wilson a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. 

With its rich history as a farm community, Wilson is distinguished as one of North Carolina's largest farm markets. And as a pro business community that supports growth, it sits on the cutting edge of the global economy, with Wilson Corporate Park home to many national and international manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies. Wilson's economy is healthy and diverse. 

Wilson's special blend of old-fashioned Southern charm, modern amenities and community-oriented lifestyle creates an atmosphere of gracious living that will quickly grow on you, and one we think you'll quickly grow to love. 

If you would like more information on the city of Wilson, please visit the following links. 

Wilson, North Carolina - Helpful Links

City of Wilson, North Carolina 

Wilson Visitor's Bureau 

Wilson Chamber of Commerce 

Wilson Economic Development Council

Historic Downtown Wilson

Wilson Whirligig Park 

The Wilson Times Newspaper

Wilson Tobs

County of Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson County Schools

Greenfield School

Wilson Christian Academy

Community Christian School

Wilson Preparatory Academy

Barton College

Wilson Community College

Wilson Education Partnership

Wilson 20/20 Vision

Arts Council of Wilson

Imagination Station Science & History Museum

Oliver Nestus Freeman Roundhouse Museum