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Encyclopedia > Wilson, North Carolina
City of Wilson
Nickname: Wide-Awake-Wilson
Location of Wilson shown within North Carolina
Location of Wilson shown within North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°43′52″N 77°55′25″W / 35.73111, -77.92361
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Wilson
Area
 - Total 23.4 sq mi (60.7 km²)
 - Land 23.3 sq mi (60.3 km²)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km²)
Elevation 108 ft (33 m)
Population (2004)
 - Total 47,441
 - Density 1,906.9/sq mi (736.3/km²)
Time zone Eastern Time Zone (USA/Canada) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) -4 (UTC-4)
Zip Code 27893/27896/27894/27895
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-74540GR2
GNIS feature ID 1023273GR3
Website: http://www.wilsonnc.org

Wilson is a city in Wilson County, North Carolina, it is located in the Coastal Plain region of North Carolina. United States. The 17th largest city in the state, Wilson's city population (as of the 2004 census) was 47,441. It is the county seat of Wilson County.GR6 The city is one of fastest growing cities east of Raleigh, and is also one of the most beautiful cities in the state of North Carolina. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... Image File history File links NCMap-doton-Wilson. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... List of North Carolina counties: Alamance County Alexander County Alleghany County Anson County Ashe County Avery County Beaufort County Bertie County Bladen County Brunswick County Buncombe County Burke County Cabarrus County Caldwell County Camden County Carteret County Caswell County Catawba County Chatham County Cherokee County Chowan County Clay County Cleveland... Wilson County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... United Kingdom (UK) Telephone (STD) Codes 01252 and 0251 (obsolete) This the Aldershot Charge Group. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Wilson County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... 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 state of North Carolina. ...

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Geography

Wilson is located at 35°43′52″N, 77°55′25″W (35.731093, -77.923509).GR1


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.7 km² (23.4 mi²). 60.3 km² (23.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (0.64%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Wilson is located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and US 264; approximately 40 minutes east of Raleigh, the state capital.


Population

Wilson has a population of 47,441 (U.S. Census, 2004) and continues to see steady growth. New shopping centers are springing up across the region and many new homes are being built.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 44,405 people, 17,296 households, and 11,328 families residing in Wilson. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ...


For more information, see Wilson, North Carolina (demographics). To read more about Wilson, see Wilson, North Carolina. ...


Infrastructure

In 2006, Wilson was ranked first in North Carolina for economic strength among micropolitan cities(<50K population)by the Policom Corporation [1]. 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 [2]that will make high-speed Internet available to homes (up to 20M) 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.


Transportation

See also: Wilson (Amtrak station)

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 city has an Amtrak station. The city of Wilson owns and operates a bus transit system. The following highways travel through Wilson: I-95, U.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). Parking Yes; free Baggage check Yes Other information Accessible Code WLN Traffic Passengers (2006) 33,412 13% The Wilson Amtrak Station, located in Wilson, North Carolina, is served by two passenger trains, the Palmetto and Carolinian. ... The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... Autobus redirects here. ... Interstate 95 is a major interstate highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine. ...


Entertainment

Imagination Station is a children's interactive science museum located in the Beaux Arts building in downtown Wilson. Imagination Station is a childrens interactive science museum located in downtown Wilson at 224 East Nash Steet. ...


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 1,000 guests. During the 1970s it was an X-rated Adult theater. It was restored in the 1990s and is just beautiful now. 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 [3], 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 [4], 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. Wilson County is the name of several counties in the United States: Wilson County, Kansas Wilson County, North Carolina Wilson County, Tennessee Wilson County, Texas This is a disambiguation page &#8212; a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The City of Wilson Human Relations Commission [5] hosts the "1st Fridays" events [6] 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 [7].


Shopping

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 is planning to locate there. 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 remained in decline. Downtown streets and sidewalks were renovated in the 1990s and utilities were buried. There are still many older buildings that would make good storefronts, but will require investment. 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 is currently under construction on a site that used to be known as KMart. The new store will be 95,000 square feet. The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services. ...


Real Estate

The cost of living, approximately 12% less than that of the Raleigh-Durham area, makes Wilson an attractive alternative. Average homes cost less, enabling a willing commuter (40 minutes to the Raleigh Beltline) to have much more house for his/her dollar. 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. They range from "fixer-uppers" (under $50,000) to beautifully restored (over $350,000). Some feature large front porches, some of which were included in Michael Dolan's book entitled "The American Porch". Unfortunately, the pace at which these homes have been purchased and renovated is slow due to the decline of some of the areas in or around Downtown.


Education

Public Schools


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.


Deaf Education


Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf


Private Schools


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).


Colleges


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. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... The North Carolina Community College System is a statewide network of fifty-eight (58) public community colleges and one technology center. Each college has a distinct governance system and policies. ...


Notable Citizens

  • Bunn Hearn, major league pitcher.
  • G.K. Butterfield, U.S. Congressman for North Carolina's First Congressional District.
  • Jim Hunt, only person to serve four terms as the Governor of North Carolina, (1977-1985, 1993-2001).
  • The O'Kaysions, an R&B sextet known for their 1968 Top 5 pop hit "Girl Watcher."
  • Ryan McNamara, synth player extraordinaire. (Derpity Der)
  • Matt Kennedy, Chief Camera Operator and Segment Host for Trailer Trash at WNCP-TV and is generally recognized as the man of wilson.

Julius Peppers (NFL Defensive End for Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson Hearn: 1910 Charles Bunn Bunny Hearn (born May 21, 1891 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina - died October 10, 1959 in Wilson, North Carolina) was a major league baseball pitcher, major league scout, and minor league, semi-pro and college level manager. ... George Kenneth Butterfield, Jr. ... James Baxter Hunt Jr. ... The Governor of North Carolina is the top executive of the government of the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


Tallest Buildings

  1. BB&T 11 floors
  2. Wilson County Nash Street Office Building 8 floors
  3. BB&T Raleigh Road Parkway (under construction) 6 floors
  4. Wilson Medical Center 6 floors
  5. Cherry Apartments 6 floors
  6. Hampton Raleigh Road Parkway (under construction) 5 floors
  7. Holiday Inn 5 floors
  8. Belle Meade cooperative (under construction) 4 floors
  9. Hampton Inn U.S. 264 4 floors
  10. Candlewood Inn and Suites (under construction) 4 floors
  11. Imagination Station Science Museum Building,Formerly Wilson's First Post Office & Courthouse from 1920-1975 4 Floors
  12. Wal-Mart 3 floors

Imagination Station is a childrens interactive science museum located in downtown Wilson at 224 East Nash Steet. ...

External links

Coordinates: 35.731093° N 77.923509° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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