Wilmington 70 Good
Wilmington Livability #106 ranked city in North Carolina#6,634 ranked city in the USARanks better than 77% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Wilmington

  • Cost Of Living

    Everyday cost of living expenses like goods and services, housing, groceries, transportation, health care and utilities are far below the national average.

  • Health & Safety

    Accessible health facilities like hospitals, doctors offices, clinics and nursing homes as well as good air quality are all factors that have led to a high score in this category.

  • Commute

    Low commute scores could be due to limited access to public transit in this area, as well as longer-than-average work commute times for residents.

  • Crime

    Reporting high crime rates per 100,000 people, this area may be perceived as an unsafe place to reside. These statistics encompass both violent and property crime rates.

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What's it like Living in Wilmington?

Located in the state of North Carolina, Wilmington is a moderately-sized city with a population of 122,162 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Wilmington is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Single men and women might be happy to hear that in Wilmington, only 44% of the population is married. If you prefer shorter commutes, living in Wilmington will be a delight. With an average one-way commute time of just 18 minutes, traveling to and from work is notably more convenient than the national average, which stands at 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Wilmington could be a positive experience compared to other cities in North Carolina if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. The best areas in Wilmington and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from commute, health & safety, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the North Carolina and national averages.

The livability score in Wilmington is 70/100 and the city is ranked in the 77th percentile of all cities across America. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Wilmington has higher than average grades for the following: cost of living (B+). On a less positive note, Wilmington does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F) and employment (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Wilmington real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Wilmington. Median real estate prices in Wilmington come in at $264,600, which is 68.4% higher than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Wilmington, the home price to income ratio is 5.2, which is 57.6% higher than the North Carolina average.

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      Wilmington transportation information

      Statistic Wilmington North Carolina National
      Average one way commute18min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.8%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.2%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.7%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.6%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.7%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home10.3%4.8%4.6%
      Source: The Wilmington, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).