Wilmington is a fast growing city at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on the Carolina coast. With that location it is easy to see why boating is an important avocation here. There are plenty of places to dock or moor your boat, and the cruising from here is good as well. The city has a historic center and a mile long walk along the river. Great Carolina beaches are just minutes away. UNC - Wilmington is a big plus for the town. The population was about 90,000 in 2007. Wilmington is the commercial center of the area. As Wilmington continues to grow, so does the variety of stores. It seems every week more stores, boutiques and shopping centers are showing up around the Port City.