With a land area of a mere 191.53 square miles, there is only one county smaller than New Hanover in the field of 100 counties in the state of North Carolina. Don't be fooled by it's small size. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the coastal county of New Hanover continues to grow with 206,189 people living in the county in 2011. Wilmington takes about half of that with 106, 476 residents in 2010 (the last date Wilmington stats are available from the US Census). For more information on demographics of the area, look up the most recent United States Census.