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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 is a town in North Carolina with a population of 49,237. Wilson is in Wilson County. Living in Wilson offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wilson there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Wilson and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$134,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$742
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Wilson Rankings

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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
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Wilson

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,037
National
$55,322
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Wilson Reviews

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I live here because I go to college here, I've never experienced anything bad in the town. There are some parts that aren't the best, but there is that factor with every place. I always see police driving, so safety is great! The food (restaurant) options are pretty decent, and there's some shopping places too, but no mall unfortunately.
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Being a wilson native, the country charm could grow on any outsider. Don't get me wrong, it's a boring deadend town with a failing economy and high crime rate. But Wilson can be both peaceful (for the most part) as well as enriching . County fairs and whirlagig festivals, fish frys; scenes straight out of your favorite Country Living magazine! Amongst the new wave of chaos, long car trips down highways sandwiched between fields of either crop or livestock, you come to realize that's it's not such a bad place to grow up after all.
My experience in Wilson has led me to become a more driven individual with goals of success and prosperity in mind. I believe this city has only furthered my desire of becoming an educator, and after college I plan to return to teach within Wilson County -befitting not only myself, but my community. Overall, my duration of living in Wilson has provided me with many life experiences that have challenged me for the better, and given me the confidence to pursue a life that continues in this city.