TOPSAIL ISLAND, N.C. -- The local economy on this sun-drenched, 26-mile slice of sand in the southeastern corner of the state is booming as newcomers move in to retire or carry on their careers in a relaxed style.

The surging growth is part of a business upturn in the Wilmington, N.C., region and North Carolina in general.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.