|City of Wilson|
Location of Wilson shown within North Carolina
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Wilson is a city and the county seat of Wilson County in the Coastal Plain region of the U.S. state of North Carolina. UTC−5 is the Time offset used in the North American Eastern Time Zone during Standard time and in the North American Central Time Zone during Daylight saving time ( DST UTC−4 is the Time offset used in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone in Canada in winter and the North American Eastern Time Zone during A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating Telephone number ranges to countries regions areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks For the former United Kingdom 0252 dialing code see Aldershot. Federal Information Processing Standards ( FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the United States Federal government for use by all non-military The Geographic Names Information System ( GNIS) is a database that contains name and locative information about more than two million physical and cultural features located throughout A county seat is a term for an Administrative center for a County, primarily used in the United States. Wilson County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States The 17th largest city in the state, Wilson had a population of 44,405 at the 2000 census.
Wilson is located at (35. 731093, -77. 923509).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 4 square miles (60. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 7 km²), of which, 23. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 3 square miles (60. 3 km²) of it is land and 0. 2 square miles (0. 4 km²) of it (0. 64%) is water.
Wilson is located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and US 264; approximately 40 minutes east of Raleigh, the state capital.
As of the census of 2000, there were 44,405 people, 17,296 households, and 11,328 families residing in the city. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population density was 736. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 1/km² (1,906. 9/mi²). There were 18,660 housing units at an average density of 309. 3/km² (801. 3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 46. 67% White, 47. 53% African American, 0. 31% Native American, 0. 58% Asian, 0. 02% Pacific Islander, 3. 89% from other races, and 1. 01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7. 29% of the population.
There were 17,296 households out of which 31. 6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42. 0% were married couples living together, 19. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34. 5% were non-families. 29. 4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10. 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 47 and the average family size was 3. 06.
In the city the population was spread out with 26. 0% under the age of 18, 9. 8% from 18 to 24, 28. 9% from 25 to 44, 21. 8% from 45 to 64, and 13. 5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88. 0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83. 1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,169, and the median income for a family was $41,041. Males had a median income of $30,682 versus $22,363 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,813. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country About 16. 5% of families and 21. 6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country 5% of those under age 18 and 20. 4% of those age 65 or over.
In 2006, Wilson was ranked first in North Carolina for economic strength among micropolitan cities(<50K population)by the Policom Corporation . Wilson was ranked 13th nationally.
The city has a large supply of water (seven billion gallons capacity) thanks to the 1999 expansion of Buckhorn Lake. City leaders say it should provide water for the next 50 years of growth. The city provides electrical service (since 1893), natural gas, water, wastewater, recycling and garbage collection.
The city of Wilson is building a fiber to the premise (FTTP) network that will make high-speed Internet available to homes (up to 100M) and businesses (up to 1G). The first customers will be business customers. The first residential customers are expected to receive service in early 2008. City leaders believe the all-fiber system will lure new employers and provide a boost to existing employers, although the costs and results of a fiber optics network of this scale are debatable. City facilities have operated on a fiber backbone since early 2006. The system will enable citizens to subscribe to high-speed broadband Internet, cable TV and/or telephone service.
Wilson is served by three airports: Wilson Industrial Airport, Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport (RWI) about 15 minutes from town, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) about 55 minutes from town. The Wilson Amtrak Station, located in Wilson North Carolina, is served by two passenger trains the Palmetto and Carolinian. The city has an Amtrak station. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Doing business as Amtrak, is a Government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 The city of Wilson owns and operates a bus transit system. The following highways travel through Wilson: I-95, U. Interstate 95 is a major Interstate highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine S. 264, U. S. 301, U. S. 117, N. C. 42, and N. C. 58. Ward Boulevard is a local 5-lane loop road that circles the original city limits (circa 1970).
Imagination Station is a children's interactive science museum located in the Beaux Arts building in downtown Wilson. Imagination Station is a children's interactive Science museum located in downtown Wilson North Carolina at 224 East Nash Street
The Edna Boykin Center for Performing Arts is owned by the city of Wilson, and operated by the Arts Council of Wilson. The restored Vaudeville theater, built in 1919, seats about 650 guests. During the 1970s it was an X-rated Adult theater. It was beautifully restored in the 1990s. In 2006 and 2007 the theater was home to the Theater of the American South, a production that celebrated southern history and culture. Live plays are a mainstay in the Boykin Center, some of which involve youth actors.
The City of Wilson operates Wilson TV , a public information cable television channel announcing upcoming events and activities. Wilson TV features original programming such as "City Talk" and "Around Town", both of which address issues and events in the community. Wilson TV also shows meetings of the Wilson City Council and the city Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.
Wilson also hosts the Whirligig Festival , which celebrates local and regional artists in an event held the first weekend in November. Whirligigs are wind-driven works of "art", many of which have been created by nationally recognized folk artist Vollis Simpson of Wilson County.
The City of Wilson Human Relations Commission  hosts the "1st Fridays" events  each August through October on the library lawn. Musical entertainment and children's activities are featured, and refreshments are available. This year (2007) has seen the largest crowds since the events were created several years ago.
Wilson is also home to the Carmike 10 Cinema which opened in 2006 at Wilson Mall .
Wilson Mall (formerly Parkwood Mall) recently completed a major renovation. The 25-year old mall is attracting new clients after several years of decline under a previous owner. Major anchors include J. C. Penney, Sears and Steve and Barry's University Sportswear.
Heritage Crossing Shopping Center includes a new Target, Marshall's, Belk, Omega Sports, Ross' Dress for Less, and rue 21. A Bed Bath and Beyond opens this spring. Harris Teeter and Petsmart open later this year. There are several acres available that will be developed in the next year or two. The shopping center will create additional retail jobs.
Wilson includes three new Starbucks Coffee locations and one more is on the way.
Wilson's downtown, which at one time was the main shopping area and cultural hub, has improved considerably in recent years. Downtown streets and sidewalks were renovated in the 1990s and utilities were buried. Free WiFi service is now provided by the city in parts of the downtown area.
Wilson also hosts a wide variety of grocery store chains. Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, Fred's Food Club, Aldi and Wal-Mart all have locations in Wilson. A Farm Fresh store is currently being built in a former Winn Dixie.
Home Depot opens this February near the current Lowe's Home Improvement Store. The Home Depot ( is an American Retailer of Home improvement and construction products and services The new Home Depot, built on the site of a former KMart, will be 95,000 square feet.
The cost of living is approximately 12% less than that of the Raleigh-Durham area. Since January 2005, a typical 3 bedroom house sold for approximately $132,000, and larger 4 bedroom homes average $225,000.
In addition to new homes, Wilson is known for its numerous and varied historic bungalows. Historic homes dating from the mid-19th century feature outstanding architectural details and charm. The revitalization of the historic neighborhoods has been aided by the protection of the establishment of local historic districts complimenting the national historic districts. The Wilson Preservation Commission oversees the protection of the local historic districts and the landmark properties including the Boykin Center  the Jacob Tomlinson House  the Arts Council Building  The Charles Coon School and the Davis-Whitehead-Harriss House .
Wilson County Public Schools
Elementary Schools (K-5): Wells, Margaret Hearne, Vick, New Hope, Vinson-Bynum, B. O. Barnes, Winstead, Elm City, Stantonsburg, Lee Woodard, Lucama, Rock Ridge.
Middle Schools: Darden, Forest Hills, Toisnot, Elm City, Speight, Springfield.
High schools: E. T. Beddingfield, Ralph L. Fike, James B. Hunt.
Alternative Schools: Adams Learning Center (K-5), Daniels Learning Center (6-8).
Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education.
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf
Wilson is home to several private schools: Community Christian School (K-12), Garnett Christian Academy, Wilson Christian Academy (K-12), St. Therese Catholic School (K-5) and Greenfield School (Pre-K-12) (non-sectarian).
Wilson is also home to Barton College, a liberal arts college, and Wilson Community College. Barton College is a private Liberal arts college located in Wilson North Carolina. Liberal arts colleges are primarily colleges with an emphasis upon Undergraduate study in the Liberal arts. The North Carolina Community College System is a statewide network of fifty-eight (58 public Community colleges.