Wilmington, NC - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    110,100
  • Population Density
    2,043 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    53 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    157 3.6
Wilmington is a midsize city in North Carolina with 110,100 residents. It has high home values, average rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 157 reviews
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    • 2
    Crime & Safety at Wilmington: gangs are becoming a bigger problem then it used to be
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: I love Wilmington as it is
    • 4
    Community at Wilmington: This community is great for young people coming to college or even staying a few years after, also for those who want to work in the food industry. However, the job market is not very great for starting careers, so unless you transfer here for a job, this isn't the best place to start.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Wilmington: There have been a lot of break-ins near my house lately and a lot of crime downtown, but in the city of Wilmington overall, it is pretty safe.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: Leaving by the beach is great! There are plenty of things to do, whether its spending the day in the sun, going to watch a live cover band downtown, enjoying the nightlife, or going to the park, you are guaranteed to have a great day.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Masonboro Township 14,869
3.66 Kings Grant 8,504
3.33 Silver Lake 6,024
4.00 Hightsville 700
3.66 Wrightsboro 5,780
4.00 Harnett Township 38,105
3.66 Wrightsville Beach 2,525
4.00 Cape Fear Township 19,202
3.33 Myrtle Grove 9,030
3.66 Murraysville 14,305
3.66 Ogden 6,653
3.00 Bayshore 3,390
3.66 Federal Point Township 27,310

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 28403 39,774
3.66 28412 36,619
3.66 28409 31,253
3.66 28405 29,388
3.33 28401 22,229

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
3.33 New Hanover County Schools 41

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
3.00 Myrtle Grove Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.00 Cape Fear Center for Inquiry Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Walter L. Parsley Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
1.33 Wilmington Preparatory Academy Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Isaac M. Bear High School Public 9-12 High
3.00 Codington Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Eaton Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Holly Tree Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 M.C.S. Noble Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.00 Heyward C. Bellamy Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Roland-Grise Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Wrightsville Beach Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
2.66 Pine Valley Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 Bradley Creek Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
2.66 Wilmington Early College High School Public 9-12 High
2.33 College Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
2.66 John J. Blair Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.00 Eugene Ashley High School Public 9-12 High
Mary Sidberry Mosley Performance Learning Center Public, Alternative 9-12 High
3.33 John T. Hoggard High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Wrightsboro Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 Sunset Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
2.66 Mary C. Williams Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Emsley A. Laney High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Gregory School of Math, Science, & Tec Public, Magnet K-5 Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.00 Cape Fear Academy Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Coastal Christian High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.00 Wilmington Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Myrtle Grove Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
St. Mark Catholic School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle
St. Mary Catholic School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Friends School of Wilmington Private, Religious, Montessori PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Leland Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
New Horizons Elementary School Private, Coed K-5 Elementary
Calvary Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences Private 4-8 Middle
Academy of Excellence Private, Religious 6-12 Middle, High
Wilmington Seventh-day Adventist School Private, Religious 1-8 Elementary, Middle
Yahweh Center School Private, Religious, Special Education K-5 Elementary

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Cape Fear Community College
Brunswick Community College
College of Wilmington

Around Wilmington

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
White 71.87% 63.25% 64.56%
African American 19.28% 12.23% 21.15%
Hispanic 5.79% 16.62% 8.70%
Asian 1.43% 4.83% 2.36%
Multiracial 1.09% 2.05% 1.89%
Native American 0.32% 0.66% 1.09%
Other 0.19% 0.19% 0.19%
Pacific Islander 0.01% 0.16% 0.06%

Age

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
9 years and under 10% 13% 13%
10 to 17 years 8% 11% 11%
18 to 24 years 17% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 15% 13% 13%
35 to 44 years 11% 13% 14%
45 to 54 years 12% 14% 14%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 12%
65 and over 14% 13% 14%

Education Levels

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Less than a high school diploma 10% 14% 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 20% 28% 27%
Some college or associate degree 30% 29% 31%
Bachelor's degree 26% 18% 18%
Master's degree or higher 13% 11% 10%

Gender

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Female 52.5% 50.8% 51.3%
Male 47.5% 49.2% 48.7%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Own 45.1% 64.9% 65.8%
Rent 54.9% 35.1% 34.2%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Assault 418.8 264.1 306.5
Murder 15.9 5.2 6.7
Rape 31.7 36.8 22.4
Robbery 209.0 135.0 142.4

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Burglary 1184.1 575.0 908.2
Larceny 3063.9 2114.0 2820.7
Motor vehicle theft 312.1 257.3 180.8

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Precipitation
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    Precipitation

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    Avg. Temps

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    Precipitation

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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 17 responses

  • 88% Yes
  • 12% Not sure
  • 0% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 32 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 27 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 25 responses

  • 32% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 36% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 28% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 4% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 9 responses

  • 33% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 22% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 33 responses

  • 9% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 61% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 27% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 3% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 14 responses

  • 21% I love everything about it.
  • 64% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 25 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments