Onslow County, North Carolina

Onslow County Court House

The first settlements were established in Onslow County in 1713. The settled areas were originally known as Carteret and New Hanover. The official county was named in 1734 after Arthur Onslow. Onslow was the Speaker for the British House of Commons. In 1752, a tragic hurricane hit Onslow County, destroying the courthouse which was later rebuilt in Wantland's Ferry. Wantland's Ferry would later become Jacksonville, NC one of the largest cities in North Carolina.

Onslow County is comprised of 909 square miles and has a residential population of more than 150,000 North Carolinians. Of those 909 square miles, 767 square miles are land and 142 square miles are covered by water. While Onslow County boasts many small towns, Wilmington, Jacksonville, and Greenville, NC are all within driving distance of the county-center. Onslow County is home to Holly Ridge, North Topsail Beach, a portion of Surf City, and Sneads Ferry. Camp Lejeune, a United States Marine Corps base, is also located within the county lines.

Lifestyle in Onslow County

Living in Onslow County is a unique experience. First, there are quaint small towns with the slow pace for which the south is so well known. Then, there are larger cities booming with commercial development, retail, and entertainment. The temperate climate here is one that both visitors and residents have grown to love. Warm temperatures last from March to November, and that's just one of the obvious reasons why so many people choose to reside in Onslow County.

Sneads Ferry Bridge

Parents moving into Onslow County will be pleased to learn of the various educational options in the county. In addition to many other elementary, middle, and high schools, Onslow County has the Thompson Early Childhood Center for preschoolers, the Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School of International Studies and Cultural Arts, and the New Bridge Magnet Middle School.

North Carolina also boasts some of the best colleges in the United States, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, and Wake Forest University.

After work and school, residents of Onslow County have a myriad of entertainment options from which to choose. In the summer months, take a short drive to the miles of public beaches nearby and bask in the sun or swim in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Various community theaters hold shows regularly in celebration of local arts and culture. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, you might try fishing charters, jet ski rentals, surfing, coastal ecology tours with dolphin watching, or sunset sails, among a plethora of other outdoor activities.

Government and Economy in Onslow County

Onslow County Government

The government of Onslow County was established in the latter part of the 19th century. There is a board of commissioners and a county manager. Members of the board are elected to four-year terms.

Tourism is a huge part of the economy in Onslow County. During the summer and early fall, the populations of beachfront towns and communities swell to nearly five times their normal size, with tourists visiting from around the world. Many small businesses choose to operate only in the summer months to take advantage of the influx of vacationers and later shutdown for a little rest and relaxation during the less populated winter months.

Retirement Life in Onslow County

While Onslow County is home to families of all ages, the baby boomer population is growing exponentially here. Retiring in Onslow County means quiet days spent walking the lush greens of local golf courses or the white sandy beaches of Topsail, fishing in the sound or on the pier, dining at locally-owned restaurants, and volunteering in the community to help the schools or others in need.

Retirees give up nothing when they choose Onslow County. Retirement communities and homes are conveniently located close to shopping, large-scale retailers, and an eclectic mix of restaurants.

One of the main selling points of Onslow County is affordability. The temperate climate keeps heating and cooling bills minimal. Housing prices, including homes located close to local beaches, are very reasonable.

Homes and Real Estate in Onslow County

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Local lore says pirates were the first people to benefit from the bounty of Onslow County, but pirates aren't the only ones who recognize the golden bounty known as Onslow County NC. Regardless of your budget, Onslow County has something for everyone.

Real estate prices range from the low $100's for oceanfront condos to the $200's for modest inland homes. For the big spender, there are million dollar luxury homes with stellar oceanfront views, open living spaces, and every upgrade a homeowner could want.

The quiet morning sunrises over the Atlantic and the breathtaking sound side sunsets are enough to lure just about anyone here. Many visitors dream of living in this gorgeous place. Once you're here, you'll see why. Onslow County is the ideal mixture of tranquility and recreation.

Why not come and experience Onslow County for yourself today? We'll be glad to assist you in your search for a home here. Just contact one of our friendly Treasure Realty agents now.