Wilmington is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 70,898 people and 63 constituent neighborhoods, Wilmington is the largest community in Delaware. Wilmington has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wilmington is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wilmington is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilmington who work in office and administrative support (11.07%), management occupations (8.60%), and sales jobs (7.79%).
Also of interest is that Wilmington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.02% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One thing noticeable about Wilmington, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Wilmington is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Wilmington a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Wilmington has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Wilmington has quite a high level of public transit users. Wilmington’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The percentage of people in Wilmington who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.75% of adults in Wilmington have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wilmington in 2018 was $31,170, which is middle income relative to Delaware, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,680 for a family of four. However, Wilmington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Wilmington is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wilmington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wilmington residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Wilmington also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.23% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wilmington include Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Wilmington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.