Current Issues & Story Maps

Maps are a great way to tell the story of a place, event, issue, trend, or pattern in a geographic setting. Interactive story maps are fun, compelling, and help us all better understand our world.


Analyzing Childhood Obesity – Story Map

During the spring of 2011, New Hanover County initiated a comprehensive and inclusive planning process designed to develop a strategic plan to guide both policy makers and administrators over the next three to five years. The strategic planning process focused primarily on what New Hanover County needs to focus on to achieve its overall vision for the future rather than the day to day County operations and service delivery. During the process, Superior Public Health, Safety and Education were identified as strategic focus areas. Within this area of focus, the county set two working objectives:

  1. Provide health and wellness education, programs and services
  2. Support programs to improve educational performance

Preventing Childhood Obesity
In an effort to nurture good health and improve educational performance, local leaders are beginning to explore the practical dilemma of childhood obesity within in our area. By using GIS to examine kindergarten obesity rates by elementary school, we can help our community identify the local areas where obesity rates are highest.  Knowing where high rates of childhood obesity are present is the first step.

We already know childhood obesity can be linked to a number of immediate and long term health effects, such as a greater risk for:

  • Cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • Development of diabetes
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Social and psychological problems, such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem
  • Adult obesity, and risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis
  • Many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Luckily, we also know childhood obesity can be prevented in several ways.

  • Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
  • The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, and the food and beverage industries and entertainment industries.

Once we recognize where we have a problem, we can begin to explore and attempt to understand the contributing factors and take positive action to mitigate those factors and prevent childhood obesity.








Plan NHC

A new interactive story map will be coming soon to illustrate the process of “Visualizing the Future”.

New Hanover County is creating the first Comprehensive Plan for the County.


This will be a document, used as a guide, to address our county’s current development trends, determine a vision for how the community would like to see New Hanover County develop over the next twenty five years, and determine a plan for how to achieve this vision. For additional information, please the Plan NHC Website to see how you can get involved.



Coming Soon

An interactive story map will be coming soon to highlight some of the historical maps of our area.


The New Hanover County Register of Deeds serves as the custodian and manager for real estate related documents as well as vital records and DD 214 Forms (Certificates of Release, or Discharges from Active U.S. Military Duty).

Thousands of local maps and documents detailing the history of land development and property ownership are in their custodial care.


Keep checking back, we hope to publish new story maps soon.

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