As of 2017, the estimated population of Brunswick County was 128,891, a 26% growth since 2008. Over the last 9 years, the unemployment rate has been on the decline and was at 4.8% in 2017. The economy of Brunswick County is driven primarily by tourism, retail, manufacturing, and construction. Industry is growing, with $144 million in new capital investment from 34 new & expanded companies since 2008. New industrial parks are expanding, new homes are being built, and new retail centers are being developed – all great signals for the economic outlook of Brunswick County.
The main hospital is the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, located in Bolivia. Brunswick County residents and visitors have access to emergency services, maternity care, surgery, outpatient diagnostic testing and other community healthcare programs through the hospital. There are several other area options, such as The New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, one of 10 trauma centers in North Carolina.
On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Brunswick County boasts 47 miles of beaches. There are six major rivers in Brunswick County: Waccamaw, Brunswick, Cape Fear, Calabash, Lockwood Folly, and Shallotte. These offer public boat ramps, riverfront dining, fishing charters, and ferry access to Bald Head Island. Along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Cape Fear River, more than 25 marinas can be found. Inland, you’ll find more than 50 lakes in Boiling Springs Lakes offering access to fishing, picnic areas, and some swimming beaches. There are so many opportunities to enjoy the water in Brunswick County, whether you’re looking for adventure, recreation, or relaxation.
Brunswick County was founded in 1764 by the North Carolina General Assembly and named after the Town of Brunswick. However, settlement in the area began in the early 1700’s. Several towns have been established as the county seat, and it currently lies in the Bolivia Township. River trade was an important part of the economy since the early 1800’s. Today, several historical sites are open to the public, including North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse – Old Baldy, the colonial-era ruins of Brunswick Town, and the British Colonial fort of Fort Johnston, built in 1748. Brunswick County also has several museums where you can learn more about the history and culture of the area.