Wilmington, NC is Brunswick County's neighbor and business partner to the north. It's the county seat of New Hanover County and the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties with a 2010 population of 362,315. Incorporated in 1739, Wilmington maintains its historic charm. It's minutes from beaches and offers a historic downtown with a one mile riverwalk and the site of the USS North Carolina battleship and war memorial. The Port of Wilmington, interstate 40 and US highway 74-76, the University of North Carolina Wilmington and major businesses create a strong link with Brunswick County.