Home to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River, the City of Jacksonville has grown rapidly since 1941 when Camp Lejeune was established. The same qualities that drew the Marine Corps to build the world's most complete amphibious base in Onslow County were also some of the same qualities that caused the City’s first residents to settle along the New River back in 1713.
The City of Jacksonville’s growth was steady until 1990 when the City annexed portions of Camp Lejeune and more than doubled the reported population overnight. In partnership with the Marine Corps, the City of Jacksonville’s population estimate is 81,612. With a modern transit system and contemporary infrastructure Jacksonville continues to improve the quality of life for its citizens
Town of Holly Ridge
Holly Ridge is the gateway to Topsail Island Beaches, offering abundant sporting and recreational opportunities in a natural coastal area. Holly Ridge is located on four-lane US Hwy 17 about 36 miles from the Port of Wilmington and is home of Camp Davis Industrial Park (CDIP).
Town of North Topsail Beach
Situated at the northern end of Topsail Island, the Town of North Topsail Beach is the most residential of the three communities located on the 26-mile long island. North Topsail Beach offers a family-friendly and relaxed atmosphere for exploring the town’s pristine natural beauty on the beach and soundside. The Island is just off US Highway 17, conveniently located half-way between Wilmington and Jacksonville. Photo by Darlene Clapp
Town of Richlands
Richlands is a vibrant, family-friendly community with small-town charm and a historic central business area. Richlands is rich in history and relevant today. With new opportunities, new technologies and strategic planning, it's truly "a Great Place to Grow!"
Richlands has been a very attractive building location in recent years due to its high quality of life and lower cost of living.
Town of Surf City
Located 25 miles south of Jacksonville, NC and 25 miles north of Wilmington, Surf City is primed to become an economic driver for the region. Surf City, NC has ample water and sewer infrastructure to handle the development needs for new residential, commercial, and clean industry ready to grow with our great community.
Surf City is close to two great commercial centers, a port and the largest marine base on the east coast, with 6 miles of beaches to boost a seasonal economy that reaches 45,000+ people each week.
Town of Swansboro
Swansboro, a beautiful and historic waterfront community is located at the mouth of the White Oak River, where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean and flows past the pristine beaches of Bear Island.
Founded in 1783, the “Friendly City by the Sea” offers an historic downtown district overlooking the water, numerous opportunities for coastal recreation, and a progressive town government that works to balance high quality community growth with conservation of the community’s natural and historic resources.