Wilmington, DE
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Wilmington is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 70,635 people and 59 constituent neighborhoods, Wilmington is the largest community in Delaware. Much of the housing stock in Wilmington was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Wilmington is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wilmington is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilmington who work in office and administrative support (14.44%), sales jobs (9.78%), and management occupations (9.04%).

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 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.

Many people in Wilmington take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Wilmington citizens for affordable transportation.

The percentage of people in Wilmington who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.19% of adults in Wilmington have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Wilmington in 2010 was $27,062, which is middle income relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,248 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 10.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wilmington include Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Wilmington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.