Onslow County, NC

Onslow County’s flat, gently rolling terrain covers 767 square miles and is in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina. The climate of Onslow County is mild to moderate. The average length of the freeze-free growing season in Jacksonville is 230 days. The last freeze is around March 20th, and the earliest freeze is around November 15th. Temperatures seldom go below 20 degrees more than once or twice a year. The annual average rainfall is 54 inches, and although a few flakes of snow are seen nearly every winter, measurable amounts occur very rarely. The little snow that does fall usually melts within a short time. The average annual temperature is 63 degrees, with the coldest month being January and the hottest month being July.

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Jacksonville is North Carolina’s fourteenth largest municipality. Together with our other municipalities of Holly Ridge, North Topsail Beach, Surf City, Richlands and Swansboro, Jacksonville offers a variety of housing options including; beach front, river front, rural and urban neighborhoods, townhouses and condominiums. Homes in this area are plentiful and affordable. Onslow County has a population of about 209,936 people and is North Carolina’s thirteenth most populated county.

Our community has excellent recreational and community activities for youth, adults and families. Soccer, kayaking, handball, walking and riding trails are readily available. We have excellent family beaches. Our events celebrate Wounded Warriors, Shrimp, Mullet, Oyster Roasts, Farmers, King Mackerel and much more. Golf Courses and outdoor activities are year round opportunities here. Onslow County is within one hour of Wilmington, NC and within two hours of the Research Triangle.

Our community is home to Marine Corps Bases Camp Lejeune and Air Station New River. While the United States Marine Corps is our largest economic engine and significantly influences other economic engines in our community and the region, we do have a robust tourism sector, a growing regional retail sector and a long tradition in agri-business enterprises. We are proud of our long agrarian, marine trades and military heritage. Onslow County and its municipalities are very pro-business. The County offers local incentives based on the taxable new investment, number of new jobs created, and average wages paid.

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