Centrally located on the Mid-Atlantic
Onslow County and its municipalities are located in coastal eastern North Carolina centrally located on the East Coast. We are easily accessed in all directions by four lane divided highways that also connect us to both North Carolina deepwater ports, Morehead and Wilmington, in one half hour travel time. Albert J. Ellis Airport boasts a 7100' runway, and brand new passenger and general aviation terminals. Onslow County is located in Foreign-Trade Zone #214 and offers individuals and businesses in the opportunity to import foreign goods into a duty-free zone. The N.C. Department of Transportation is the Grantee and oversees FTZ #214 SENC.
Onslow County has a population of about 194,000 people and is North Carolina's eleventh most populace county. 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 has historically been very aggressive in offering local incentives based on the taxable new investment, number of new jobs created, and average wages paid.
Jacksonville is the North Carolina's thirteenth 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.
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. We have events that 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.
7,500 Talented, Work-ready Exiting Military Annually
Onslow County is proud to be the home to Marine Corps Bases Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. These bases provide major strength in Onslow County's workforce through the outstanding labor pool which is replenished annually by exiting military personnel. The majority of exiting military personnel are highly trainable, demonstrate a strong work ethic and initiative, can read, understand and execute instructions/directions, lead others effectively and excel working in a team environment. In the last five years, these bases averaged 7,500 exiting military personnel annually which when added to the Onslow County labor force, rivals the size of Greensboro, NC's average unemployment pool.
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