Onslow County was actually formed in 1734. Through most of the first half of the 20th century the county was largely rural. The economy was mainly based on agrarian and maritime communities. During World War II, OnslowCounty changed dramatically with the US Army Camp Davis near Holly Ridge in the 1940’s and the creation of Camp Lejeune in 1941. The increase in population at that time created growth in housing and businesses.
Onslow County has a flat terrain that covers approximately 767 square miles. It is located in the southeastern coastal plain area of NC. The county is home to more than 150,000 people and includes the incorporated towns of Holly Ridge, Richlands, Swansboro, N. Topsail Beach, part of Surf City and unincorporated Sneads Ferry.
Camp Lejeune comprises approximately 156,000 acres with more than 43,000 marines and sailors stationed in the area.
There are many elementary, middle and high schools located in Onslow County. No matter what area you live in you will be conveniently located to the schools you are needing.
Onslow County has a very big military tradition and is also culturally rich. There are museums and memorials that tell the stories of the Marine Corps as well as the African American heritage for this area. There are also theaters and galleries loaded with art and history as well as antique shops and specialty shops and of course boutiques filled with local décor and unique gifts. Of course with the beach close; including the 3 most popular Topsail Beach, Surf City and Emerald Isle you will find surf shops and outdoor outfitters. No matter what your age is, Onslow County has something for you. This area offers all kinds of educational activities and fun ways to play and entertain yourself. There are miles of beautiful beaches and many recreational facilities for camping, boating or kayaking as well as trails, fishing and more.