With more than 4700 employees in the region, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system serving southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. A teaching hospital, regional referral center, and Level 2 Trauma Center, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is joined in the network by Cape Fear...more about New Hanover Health Network
New Hanover County is ranked the second smallest county in North Carolina, however, it is still one of the fastest growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the coastal county grew 26 percent overall since 2000, surpassing the state's 18.5 percent growth rate. New Hanover County also surpasses the states average yearly income as well. As of 2009, households in North Carolina had an average income of $45,570 while New Hanover County had one of $48,553. A testament to size not equaling status, the 2.4-square-mile area of Wrightsville Beach beats them both, with a median household income of $76,639. As of June 30th, 2009, the fiscal year revenue for the town of Wrightsville Beach was $19,506,849. That's more than $8 million per square mile!
Tourism claims most of that revenue, with 19.3 percent of employed persons working within it's various sub-divisions of arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services. Close behind are educational, health and social services, professional, management and administrative services, and real estate and rental leasing. However, these are year round statistics, and it should be kept in mind that during peak summer months tourism, real estate and rental leasing all increase exponentially.