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Discover Life in Wilson

Located around 40 miles east of Raleigh, Wilson is the seat of its namesake county and offers plenty of stunning amenities for its residents. Here, you'll experience all the benefits of life in the Triangle without all the hustle and bustle—it really is the best of both worlds! To get a taste of what life is really like in this large town, just head to Historic Downtown Wilson. Plenty of locally-owned businesses, delicious eateries, and friendly faces await...and one visit is all it takes to fall in love.

Want the inside scoop on what life is really like in Wilson? Here's what you should know before you make your move.

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Wilson might be a larger town, but it's still a hidden gem for buyers looking for both convenience and lower-than-average home prices. To top it all off, Wilson is also located near plenty of major highways, such as I-95, I-795, US-264, and US-70.

Typically, homes in Wilson sell for around $142,700—that's almost half the average home price in America! And if you do end up purchasing a home in Wilson, you might even start building equity right away. Based on current projections, home prices are set to increase by nearly 4% each year.


Whether you're looking to advance your career or jump into an entirely new field, Wilson is home to plenty of amazing job opportunities that you won't find anywhere else. The town's top employers include BB&T, Wilson County Schools, Smithfield Foods, and Barton College.

Many Wilson residents also choose to commute into the Triangle, where you'll find plenty of opportunities with international companies and major research universities. In fact, organizations like IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, and Amazon all call the Triangle home!


Wilson is a town that's filled with fun, and you'll find plenty to do all year round. Just head to Historic Downtown Wilson, and you're bound to discover something exciting going on. Top events include the First Friday Christmas Market, Gig in the Park, and Shimmy for a Cause.

Believe it or not, Wilson is also home to plenty of interesting attractions and museums. You'll find plenty of locals enjoying live music at Brewmasters, broadening their horizons at the Imagination Station and the North Carolina Baseball Museum, or watching a show at the Kennedy Theater.

Wilson at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: US-64, US-264, and I-95 
Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Public Transit: Wilson County Transportation Services
Distance to Rocky Mount: 26 minutes, 19 miles
Distance to Goldsboro: 31 minutes, 26 miles


Population: 49,329
County: Wilson
Zip Codes: 27822, 27880, 27893, 27894, 27895, 27896
Median Home Value: $126,537
Median Rent: $1,045

Live Like a Wilson Local

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Here are some of our favorite spots around Wilson—it's time to start planning your visit!

Top-Rated Restaurants

No matter what kind of cuisine you're in the mood for, you'll find plenty of amazing restaurants in and around Wilson. There's an eclectic blend of both locally-owned favorites and national chains, which makes it easy to find just what you want.

For a no-frills steakhouse experience, you have to check out the Beefmastor Inn. This family-owned eatery serves up some of the best meats around...and patrons even tailgate outside to secure a table! Other favorites include Best-N-Burgers and Varee Asian Cafe.

Prime Retail Destinations

Whether you're looking to shop the day away, run a few errands, or just browse a bit, you'll discover some of the area's best shopping right here in Wilson. In addition to all the larger chains you know and love, Wilson also has plenty of locally-owned shops that are worth checking out.

Heritage Crossing is the town's largest outdoor shopping plaza, and it features everything from Hallmark to Belk to Target. If you'd rather shop small, head to Historic Downtown Wilson to discover the Downtown Boutique of Wilson, Groove Geek Records, and so much more!

Lush Parks & Recreation

Ready to get out and enjoy nature? Wilson is home to some pretty spectacular green spaces and trails. In fact, the town maintains more than two dozen parks, as well as its own public golf course. Local favorites include Belle Meade Park and Shelter, Lamm Park, and the Wilson Dog Park.

For those looking to stay active, Wilson also offers youth and adult athletic programs, as well as a variety of summer camps. And if you're ever looking to cool off on a hot summer day, the town also has two public pools: Recreation Park Pool and Reid Street Pool.

A+ Education

Even if you don't have children, it's worth investing in a community that has a top-rated public schools. Luckily, Wilson's younger residents are served primarily by Wilson County Schools, which operates almost 30 institutions within the area. Ralph L. Fike High School, the town's highest-rated school, has been recognized for its community service and International Baccalaureate Program.

Wilson is also home to a variety of colleges, private schools, and alternative schools, including Barton College and the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.

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