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.

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.

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 decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with 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 citizens of Wilmington are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.12% of adults in Wilmington have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.