Located just across the river from Wilmington in Brunswick County, Leland offers access to all the entertainment and city living that comes with New Hanover County while offering lower-cost homes, less traffic, and a country feel. Leland has existed as a small town since its incorporation in Brunswick County in 1989. It is becoming increasingly popular as new communities develop. Both retirees and new families are seeing the perks of living across the Cape Fear River where the quiet and space provides room for reflection and to raise children.
Like Wilmington, Leland's mild climate change is favorable to those wanting to escape the harsh winters of the North or the constant heat of the far South. The weather stays warm into the beginning of Fall, but the color changes that many love still occur. Matter-of-fact, Flowers bloom throughout the Winter leading to an amazing color display in the Spring.
Leland has its very own annual Christmas Festival and Parade. It starts off with a parade late in the morning and is followed by the festival and entertainment starting in the afternoon. Festival vendors sell everything from homemade clothing and jewelry to fudge. It's an event that Leland residents look forward to every year.
Located only 10 minutes from the Historic Downtown of Wilmington, Leland is within perfect distance to partake in a number of community events throughout the year, including the North Carolina Azalea Festival, Riverfest, Greek Festival, Festival Latino, Cucalorous Film Festival, and the Coastal Carolina Air Show. Wilmington is also home to the Battleship North Carolina and Screen Gems Studios, the largest movie and television studio outside of California, both of which are open to tours.
Leland is also ten minutes from Cape Fear Community College. With a little bit longer travel time, residents can visit the University of North Carolina-Wilmington . Both schools are fine choices for higher learning.
Jobs in Trade, Transportation, Utilities, Construction, Manufacturing, Leisure, Hospitality, Education and Health Services are most prominent in Leland. However, many residents commute to work in Wilmington. Below are the Top 25 Area Employers (statistics provided by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce):
Company (Product/Service) - Employee Count
1. New Hanover Regional Medical Center/Cape Fear Hospital (Hospitals) - 4,738
2. New Hanover County Schools (Education) - 3,666
4. GE Wilmington (GE Hitachi and GE Aviation) - 2,100
5. University of NC Wilmington (Higher Education) - 1,898
6. Brunswick County Schools (Education) - 1,723
8. New Hanover County (County Government) - 1,480
9. Verizon Wireless (Communications) - 1,346
11. Corning, Inc. (Optical Fiber) - 1,000
If you want more home and land for your dollar, but the amenities of Wilmington, Leland is for you.