Wilmington

174 reviews
  1. City in North Carolina
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$224,100
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$850
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    419
    264
  • Murder
    16
    5
  • Rape
    32
    37
  • Robbery
    209
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,184
    1
  • Theft
    3,064
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    312
    257

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,130
National
$53,046
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    14%
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

174 reviews
  • Excellent
    24
  • Very Good
    78
  • Average
    61
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    0
Wilmington is all about beach life and students! The beaches are absolutely gorgeous. Though, peak seasons will ensure that the sand will be covered with beach towels and people and the water filled with people but overall it's fun! The family owned restaurants are to die for! I've yet to be disappointed by these local shops. Traffic is almost always hellacious but what do you expect morning lunch and 5 o'clock traffic anywhere is a hassle. Most people are friendly! The nightlife downtown isn't bad at all. On any given night your bound to see sidewalks over crowded by the students and locals waiting to get in a club.
  • Current Resident
  • 16 days ago
Wilmington has been a wonderful temporary location for me to grow and learn about myself. After coming from a small town with little to no diversity, spending time in Wilmington has taught me about other cultures, religions, practices, and has opened my eyes to see that there is more to life than graduating high school and taking over your family's business, followed with marriage and kids shortly thereafter. If I could choose one major thing to change in Wilmington it would be to help make the flow of traffic easier for everyone. With Wilmington becoming a more popular tourist attraction in the summers and even a more trendy area for surrounding county residents to want to spend their weekends, I find that the commute time is getting worse every single day. I am thrilled to see the City of Wilmington come together to focus on helping build extra trails and side walks to better the economy by becoming more "bike friendly."
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
I loved growing up here especially around Carolina Beach. It can get pretty busy during the summer but the crowds are exciting! I love that we have mini forests throughout, and lots of choices for restaurants and shopping. You can see Southern hospitality here, but it's still sophisticated. After living here 10 (almost 11) years though, I am more than ready to move!
  • Niche User
  • 11 months ago