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Wilmington Area

Including Wilmington, Leland, Southport, Whiteville, Elizabethtown, Hampstead, Sunset Beach, Shallotte, Tabor City, Burgaw, and 12 other towns.

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Wilmington is a city in southern North Carolina, right on the Atlantic Coast. It has about 115,000 people, making it the eighth-largest city in North Carolina. The wider Wilmington area has about 265,000 people and includes the cities of Southport, Leland, Sunset Beach, Whiteville, Elizabethtown, Hampstead, Shallotte, Tabor City, and Burgaw.

Wilmington has a diverse economy, driven by manufacturing, tourism and healthcare. One area of the economy where it is not strong is in banking, however. There is only one bank, Live Oak Bank, and one credit union, Riegelwood Federal Credit Union, with headquarters in the Wilmington area. Riegelwood Federal Credit Union is the oldest institution still operating in the area, having been established in 1953. Despite its lack of locally headquartered banks, Wilmington does have a fair amount of other banks and credit unions that have operations in the city. Altogether, there are nearly 30 banks and 10 credit unions with a total of about 220 branches.

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Live Oak Bank (Internet Bank) Increases Short-Term CD Rates
Availability: Nationwide (internet bank) In the first half of 2015, I wrote four different blog posts about Live Oak Bank’s series of CD Specials, which typically were available for a
Live Oak Bank Increases 1-Year And 18-Month CD Rates
Live Oak Bank is staying competitive with its short- and mid-term CDs: 1.35% APY 1-year CD (was 1.30%) 1.40% APY 18-month CD (was 1.35%) Minimum deposit $2,500. Maximum deposit $250,000.
Wells Fargo Offers Easy $250 Checking Bonus
UPDATE 2/20/2017: Offer extended through March 3, 2017. UPDATE 2/1/2017: The fine print on promotion page now reads, "This is an exclusive, nontransferable offer, available to those who received our
Self-Help FCU (Easy Membership) Raises Money Market APYs
Availability: Easy membership requirement Earlier this week, Self-Help Federal Credit Union (Self-Help FCU) raised the rate on its Money Market account (1.03% APY, $500+; 1.13% APY, $500k+). The minimum opening
$100 Checking Account Bonus At Wells Fargo (Online Only)
Easy $100 bonus, if you trust Wells Fargo. But it won’t last long. To receive your $100 bonus, open an Everyday Checking account from this page by December 16, 2016,
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