Wilmington, NC
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Wilmington is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 119,045 people and 39 constituent neighborhoods, Wilmington is the eighth largest community in North Carolina.

Wilmington real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Wilmington house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Wilmington is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wilmington is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilmington who work in sales jobs (14.17%), food service (10.41%), and management occupations (9.77%).

Of important note, Wilmington is also a city of artists. Wilmington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Wilmington’s character.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Wilmington really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Wilmington is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Wilmington more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Wilmington’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Wilmington a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. 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.

One of the nice things about Wilmington is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The education level of Wilmington ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Wilmington, 41.12% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Wilmington in 2010 was $30,601, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $122,404 for a family of four. However, Wilmington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wilmington is a very 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Wilmington include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

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