Wilson, NC is definitely not one of the top cities to see on the wish lists of your or older people when it comes to places to live. Many people have never actually heard of this place before and that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as there aren’t a ton of things that make Wilson famous.
Wilson is a small city, offering everybody looking for it that small town vibe where everybody seems to know everybody (although this is far from true). But if you are planning to make the move here for whatever reasons or you end up with Wilson, North Carolina, on your shortlist of cities that you’d like to relocate to, you’re at the right place: learn from somebody who hasn’t been born here how it’s like to live in Wilson County, NC.
According to Wikipedia, Wilson is not an extremely small city, though: around 49,000 people live here, so it’s definitely not that kind of place where everybody literally knows everybody! The city has a total area of 23.4 square miles out of which less that 1% is water (although the county itself has a lot of beautiful natural spots for the nature lovers!) For those who are more religious in nature, this will prove to be a really good city as most of the people here are amazing human beings that follow the word of God. There’s also nice racial diversity here, with around 47% being white, 47% African America, 7% Hispanic, and there are fewer numbers of Native American, Asian and such. But the color of the skin doesn’t matter here as everybody is extremely friendly!
There aren’t many activities here, to be honest. It’s still a good place for kids, especially if they haven’t lived the busy big city life, but eventually things will get a bit old. There’s a lot in terms of enjoying nature, though, and that is one of the biggest things I love about the city!
Interesting trivia: Wilson, NC is the birthplace of Branch Banking and Trust Corporation (BB&T), one of the nation’s top financial-holding companies. It is also one of the companies that employs most people in the city.
One extremely important thing about Wilson is that it’s considered a really safe town. The Northern parts of it are considered more high end than the South, but usually the main offenses here are Drug/DUI related with some burglaries thrown in to keep them diversified. But more serious offenses like murders and gun-related problems are highly uncommon here.
In terms of food, there’s not a huge choice of good restaurants, but we do have the fair share of chain restaurants like Applebees, Olive Garden and so on. From the local places, I would recommend visiting Beefmastors or Jacks. Although you don’t have a ton of fancy places to choose from, you won’t die of hunger – that’s for sure – and you won’t get bored too easily.
School-wise, I would say that the city does really well. We’ve already talked about schools in Wilson, but you should read that article too if you’re interested in finding out more. I would say that overall I am extremely satisfied with the options and the quality of the schools here.
Probably one of the biggest downsides of Wilson is that it’s not close to any big city. Raleigh is closest, with Fayetteville being relatively close too, but these are not exactly very large cities. However, visiting Raleigh every now and then is fun and, since it’s not extremely far, it opens up for possibilities should you not be able to find a job or like it that much in Wilson.
Best part? I consider Wilson to be a great place to raise a family, and that is all that matters after a while. If you’re single and moving here, it might not be the most fun town out there and you might have some trouble adjusting to living life here, but for families it is an ideal place. I love it for sure and I wouldn’t like it any other way!
So are you considering to make the move to Wilson, NC? Have you lived here already? Share your thoughts and questions in the comment section below as I’d love to hear from you!