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A+ Wilmington Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Wilmington Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Delaware
1022% more expensive than the US average
1099% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wilmington cost of living
F Wilmington Crime Total crime is 127% higher than Delaware
Total crime
6,557138% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 16138% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
7%Year over year crime is up
Wilmington crime
D- Wilmington Employment Household income is 34% lower than Delaware
Median household income
$40,06528% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,26312% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%37% higher than the US average
Wilmington employment
F Wilmington Housing Home value is 30% lower than Delaware
Median home value
$162,40012% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9253% lower than the US average
Home ownership
46%28% lower than the US average
Wilmington real estate or Wilmington rentals
F Wilmington Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than Delaware
High school grad. rates
79%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
35%30% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Wilmington K-12 schools or Wilmington colleges

Living in Wilmington, DE

Located in the state of Delaware, Wilmington is a medium-sized city with a population of 71,502 people. With a population density of 6,557 people per square mile, Wilmington is well above the nation's average density level. Wilmington is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (34%) and Black or African American (58%). Single men and women might be happy to hear that in CityName, only Wilmington% of the population is married.

Living in Wilmington can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Delaware, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Wilmington and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, education, employment and other important metrics.

Wilmington has a livability score of 57 out of 100 and is ranked #68 in Delaware and #25,981 in the USA. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Wilmington may not be a pleasant experience. If we examine each of the categories individually, we see that Wilmington ranks well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Wilmington. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Wilmington on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Wilmington: Hagley Museum and Library, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Delaware Park.

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. The median home price for Wilmington homes is $162,400, which is 30.3% lower than the Delaware average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Wilmington, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 7.9% higher than the Delaware average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Wilmington will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Wilmington, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.2%.

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Wilmington, DE - History, Culture and Excitement!

I first visited Wilmington, DE as a child and was taken back by the beauty of the cobble stone streets. The largest city in Delaware, Wilmington is filled with history. One of the first cities in the United State Wilmington has been a major focus point for trade, culture and military use throughout our history. Only 25 miles from the Pennsylvania border and the city of Philadelphia, Wilmington played significant roles in both the revolutionary and civil war. Numerous museums, historical sites and old military forts abound throughout the city. Much of the architecture is still the same as it was then, having some of the oldest original homes in America. The streets, with cobblestone underfoot, can still be found with their original gas lamps lighting the way at night.

Visiting Wilmington is like stepping back in time, I love it. Being so close to Philadelphia, and only a few hours (2) from New York City, Wilmington is as great of a place to visit as it is to live. Many residents commute back and forth from New York, working in the big city, while enjoying the peaceful lifestyle Wilmington can offer. Many major universities are in the surrounding area, and as such the city caters to a wide range of interests, including a bustling nightlife.
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Source: The Wilmington, DE data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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