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Wilson, North Carolina
Welcome to Wilson ...
The pronunciation of Wilson: WILL-sun<2>
From the Census Estimates for 2019, Wilson has a population of 49,416 people<3> (see below for details).
While we don't have a date for the establishment of Wilson, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated January 29, 1849.
The origin (or the toponymy) of Wilson: Named for Louis Dicken Wilson (1789-1847), a North Carolina politican and a general in the United States Army.
Going back to its beginning, Wilson was originally named Toisnot. For more information about the names of Wilson, see The Names of Wilson on our Genealogy Page.
The community of Wilson is 130 feet [40 m] above sea level.<4>.
Time Zone: Wilson lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time
Wilson lies within the (252) area code.
The ZIP codes for Wilson: 27822, 27880, 27893-27896<5>
Websites for Wilson ...
Official Website: www.wilsonnc.org/
Population Details ...
Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Wilson had an population of 49,416 people. This is an increase of 0.51% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 11.28% since the 2000 Census).
At the time of the 2010 Census, Wilson had a population of 49,167 people (or 60.53% of the total population of Wilson County). This makes Wilson the county's most populous community.
The population of Wilson represents 0.52% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 18th most populous community.
With a 2010 count of 49,167 people, the population of Wilson increased 10.72% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 44,405 people).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Wilson.
Communities Also Named Wilson ...
While we believe that this Wilson is located in Wilson County, we know of another 2 North Carolina communities named Wilson. Those communities are located in the following counties: Buncombe and Cleveland County.
Beyond North Carolina, there are 85 communities that are also named Wilson - they are located in Alabama (3), Arkansas (3), California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (6), Iowa (2), Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland (3), Massachusetts, Michigan (3), Minnesota (2), Mississippi, Missouri (2), Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio (4), Oklahoma (3), Ontario (4), Oregon, Pennsylvania (5), Quebec, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas (5), Utah (3), Virginia (3), Washington, West Virginia (4), Wisconsin (3) and Wyoming (2).
For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Wilson.
Communities near Wilson ...
We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Wilson.
To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.
We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Wilson. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Wilson.
Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Wilson. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Wilson.
We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilson. Our list includes 31 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Wilson.
TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Wilson ...
Looking for more information about Wilson? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.
In addition to the Tourism page for Wilson, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Wilson.
Adding Wilson to Our Gazetteer ...
We originally found mention of Wilson in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.
In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Wilson was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).
We also found Wilson on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).
For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Wilson on our Genealogy Page.
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Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Wilson: www.wilsonnc.org/
The official website for Wilson County: www.wilson-co.com/
The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/
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This page was last modified: 27 Apr 2022