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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  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 dense 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.
About Wilmington...
Population
115,261

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$232,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$889
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
    479.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    119.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    789
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,040.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    180.3
    284

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 is the best! The college provides a great atmosphere for students of all ages. There is so much to do around town as well. While there are some areas you should be very careful, Wilmington has many beautiful and historical scenes and is a great place to raise a family. Our beautiful beaches bring in tourists from all over during the summer months. Wilmington is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. In addition, we are a highly desired area for filmmaking and have a great film production program at UNCW.
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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!
Wilmington looks lovely! Great beaches nearby .. a river .. historical downtown.
It’s got lots of history and you can enjoy advancing your education here. You can enjoy art and music here .It’s pretty safe here , a few crazy drivers but traffic is only bad during rush hour. Tourist season makes beaches less accessible but once they leave it’s good again.
However; our political figures are building too much ; with less and less Green space & it is getting too crowded. Not enough schools to meet the needs of students , plus controversy with school leaders and their Mangement.
Problem with the pollution of our drinking water ,which is an on going issue w gov . trying to ignore it ; but very serious; we drink bottled water delivered.. instead of the tap water!
We have hurricanes ! Need I say more?
We’ve lived here 25+ years .