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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B
Wilson County is located in North Carolina with a population of 81,379. Living in Wilson County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Wilson County and residents tend to have moderate political views.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$119,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Wilson County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    412.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    167.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    952.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,936.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    218.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Wilson County

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,095
National
$55,322

Wilson County Reviews

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A lot of people move here from New York because it is a lot cheaper here, but Wilson County is considered to be a poverty county. There is nothing to do past 8pm for teenagers aside from going to the movies or going bowling. The only jobs available are related to nursing or fast food. Rent is high and the pay is very little. The town is not safe either. I got a new car with temporary tags, parked it at Walmart for fifteen minutes, and my tags were stolen off the back of my car. Homeless people often walk right up to your car to ask for money and then go spend it on cigarettes or alcohol. It is such a small, farming town. Schools are only concerned with making you pass standardized tests, not the quality of your education or if you grasp the material. There is no focus on college readiness. There is no support for students who are bullied or homeless.
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Wilson is a very diverse place to live and you can always find something to do. You get some of the benefits of a larger city such as chain restaurants, larger businesses and entertainment without the population and major traffic of a large city but, you can also have the country life if that's what you want and not be too far away from the things you need. Wilson is nearly centrally located in NC so very convenient to travel to the beach or the mountains. There are multiple options for public, private and charter schools and many opportunities for sports, arts, and community involvement for your children.
Wilson County can be described as a small town place where you can find a good southern food joint and things to do downtown. Growing up here I'm a little biased. As you get to know Wilson, you can begin to find little things to do around town that no one thinks about. The Whirligig park and Parkers Barbeque are some of my favorite places to go.