Quality of Place

Eclectic. Engaging. Affordable. Our region's livability appeals to people of all ages, tastes, and stages of life and career. A broad variety of resources and amenities helps businesses in the region recruit and retain top-notch executives, managers, scientists and other professionals.

Outdoor recreational attractions are unbeatable. They begin with miles and miles of Atlantic beaches that are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, surfing and more. Both deep-sea and freshwater fishing are popular pastimes here, as are hunting, hiking, camping, canoeing and water-skiing along the region's rivers, lakes, state parks and nature preserves. A temperate climate allows for year-round golf at any number of signature courses, many of which come with spectacular coastal or pine-dense backdrops.

There is also a full calendar of spectator sporting events. They include NCAA Division I athletic teams, minor league and semi-pro baseball, basketball, arena football, hockey and soccer. NASCAR and other professional-class motor sports can be found at tracks in Rockingham and nearby Darlington. At Five Points, the annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase and Olympics-level competitions build on a rich legacy of equestrian activities here. A short drive to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and Charlotte takes residents of North Carolina's Southeast to NFL, NHL, NBA and WNBA home games, as well as legendary Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) basketball.
With a heritage traceable to our nation's earliest Colonial times, Southeastern North Carolina offers a trove of historic sites. They include the ruins of Brunswick Town, one of North Carolina's first English settlements; Moore Creek, a Revolutionary War battlefield; Bellamy Mansion, Harmony Hall and a plethora of antebellum properties; Fort Fisher, a key Civil War fortification; and more. Cultural museums and art galleries are found in our largest cities and smallest towns. Fayetteville's Airborne & Special Operations Museum offers Smithsonian-quality interpretive exhibits and a Disney-designed simulation. Performing arts venues across the region welcome top quality entertainers from around the region and the world. They include Wilmington's historic Thalian Hall, where names like Maurice Barrymore, Buffalo Bill and John Philip Sousa once performed. Just across the state line, Myrtle Beach is now a regular stop on the country and rock music circuit.
A comfortable life in Southeastern North Carolina is affordable, too. Ample lands and still-reasonable construction costs fuel growth in the region's diverse housing stock, which offers residential options tailored to fit any preference and budget. Business-minded government officials provide reliable public services as efficiently as possible, keeping local tax rates as attractive as those of any location in America. Consumer-focused utilities strive to offer electricity, gas and the latest telecommunications services at competitive prices. Overall, the cost of living in the region mirrors the modest cost of doing business here.

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