A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$221,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$854
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%

Wilmington Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    459
    0
  • Murder
    12
    0
  • Rape
    54
    41
  • Robbery
    237
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,217
    1
  • Theft
    3,007
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    255
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,128
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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Wilmington Reviews

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Wilmington is a city full of life, culture and history. I've found that this simple southern town holds appeal to people of all ages. History buffs can walk from one end of town to the other and stumble upon many old historical homes and artifacts. Children can participate in the bone-chilling Ghost Walk to see the orbs floating above the civil war graveyard. For those who are not so daring, follow your nose towards the waterfront and indulge in Kilwins ice cream, fudge and sweet treats! The city is home to many local craft breweries and one of a kind restaurants which will satisfy any taste. The next time you find yourself heading down the coast, drop in on this jewel along the Cape Fear.
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Wilmington is all about beach life and students! The beaches are absolutely gorgeous. Though, peak seasons will ensure that the sand will be covered with beach towels and people and the water filled with people but overall it's fun! The family owned restaurants are to die for! I've yet to be disappointed by these local shops. Traffic is almost always hellacious but what do you expect morning lunch and 5 o'clock traffic anywhere is a hassle. Most people are friendly! The nightlife downtown isn't bad at all. On any given night your bound to see sidewalks over crowded by the students and locals waiting to get in a club.
With the beach around every corner, Wilmington found its own way of keeping the peace amongst the tourist. The town itself gets a lot of traffic every summer because we are truly a destination. However, the city of Wilmington has a rugged history that continues to affect the people who live within the city itself. For example, at UNCW I am party of the "Storyteller" group, where we go to local elementary schools and tell stories. There has been legislation offered to re-segregate our schools where the formidable minds of children reside. That's a problem, one I am working to fix now by pushing diversity now more than ever inside every elementary school. Our community is effected by an old story from 1898 that divides black and white people. Wilmington is civil. Wilmington is calm. Wilmington is not perfect. However, Wilmington is my home and I will do anything in my power to keep this city afloat.