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 117,525 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 86.47% 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 (14.30%), food service (10.19%), and office and administrative support (9.80%).
Wilmington is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Wilmington is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.
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.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Wilmington use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Wilmington‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Wilmington is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.43% of adults in Wilmington have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Wilmington in 2010 was $29,515, 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 $118,060 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 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.