Are you dead set on L&D or will you consider other area's? Pretty much just 1 place to work in Wilmington and that is NHRMC. Brunswick (Novant) do have L&D but it is very small hospital and hire way less people. I ask about other specialties because from what I have heard it is not super easy to get in to L&D. I would start applying early and be willing to move if you get a position, NHRMC hire about 100 new grads a year and they start in mid July so I am not sure how active they are in seeking other nurses at that time of year. As for where to live, that is tough. You can ask 4 different people and get 4 different answers. Some will say Leland some will say go completely opposite and go to Hampstead, others want to be at the beach (Carolina or Wrightsville) and others love the older historic feel of downtown. You might consider renting initially ad then finding your way around the city and giving yourself time to check out the various places. If you don't mind me asking. What was it during your visit that attracts you to Wilmington?