Wilmington, DE
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Wilmington is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 71,948 people and 59 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.

Wilmington is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.86% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wilmington is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilmington who work in office and administrative support (14.64%), sales jobs (10.84%), and management occupations (8.78%).

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 overall education level of Wilmington is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.61% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Wilmington in 2010 was $25,686, which is upper middle income relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $102,744 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 13.64% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wilmington include German, Italian, English, and Polish.

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