This special NORTH CAROLINA magazine community profile supplement features New Hanover County. The population is expanding, business is hot, and Wilmington and New Hanover County are booming. The economy is strong and diverse, with a good manufacturing base, a good service base, and strong residential development. The New Hanover Health Network, with over 450 physicians and 4,700 employees, makes a $1 billion economic impact on the area. City and county leaders promote and support new growth by working to improve the community's infrastructure. Wilmington's National Register Historic Districts, covering over 230 blocks, attract many tourists.