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  1. Public Schools
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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Wilmington is a city in North Carolina with a population of 115,261. Wilmington is in New Hanover County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Wilmington offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Wilmington there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Wilmington and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Wilmington are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$232,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$889
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Wilmington Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    448
    283
  • Murder
    15
    6
  • Rape
    54
    41
  • Robbery
    163
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    836
    500
  • Theft
    2,545
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    235
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    17%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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Wilmington Reviews

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Wilmington is a great city to visit when traveling the states! When people think of North Carolina, their mind immediately go towards Raleigh or Charlotte and completely miss Wilmington! Going through downtown Wilmington is always a new adventure. The local stores put out different products depending on the season, and the food is amazing!
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Wilmington is an outstanding city full of life! You can go from beautiful beaches to city night life in one day just by crossing town. Our local businesses are supported by the whole city and are growing every year. You can also see a large diversity of people here year-round. I would say the only subject that could use improvement, and is receiving it slowly, are the roads and drivers. Traffic is often very bad especially during the summer, but new work is being down to improvement that everyday!
Incredible coastal city with a lively downtown and great local beaches! There are some great companies to work for and also a lot of service industry jobs, but is somewhat limited depending on your field. Lots of festivals, breweries and craft beer is also big here, but also holds that home town charm and feel.