Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    105,900
  • Population Density
    1,997 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    53 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    100 3.8
Wilmington is a midsize city in North Carolina with 105,900 residents. It has high home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
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    • 5
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: Wilmington is unapologetically Southern but we are very welcoming of everyone. When film companies come here, everyone comments on how hospitable Wilmington is. I would absolutely live in Wilmington again because for all its flaws, there is nowhere else where you have a large city with a small town feel. Six degrees of separation is really more like two or three.
    • 4
    Visiting at Wilmington: Some of our best attractions are the natural ones- the beaches, Airlie Gardens, Fort Fisher. All the historical homes downtown are really neat. These are the things you can't recreate elsewhere. We also have a lot of film in the area, so touring Screen Gems Studios is neat. If you can, be an extra for the day.
    • 3
    Weather at Wilmington: Wilmington has all the seasons and sometimes it has them in the same 48 hour period. It's not uncommon to go from 70 degrees and sunny to 30 and rainy overnight. We get more tropical storms than hurricanes but don't talk about this much because you'll jink us. Everybody needs sandals (or flipflops) and sunglasses because we wear sandals year-round.
    • 5
    Food & Drink at Wilmington: We have a lot of family-owned restaurants that you don't find anywhere else. Downtown has several restaurants that serve awesome till late, ranging from pizza to sandwiches to Italian, and the beach restaurants make great hushpuppies and popcorn shrimp.
    • 4
    Employment at Wilmington: Overall, Wilmington has been great about bringing more businesses to the area, whether those businesses are film productions or more permanent industries like car factories.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Masonboro Township 14,651
3.00 Kings Grant 8,101
2.66 Silver Lake 5,687
2.00 Hightsville 717
3.33 Wrightsboro 5,801
3.66 Harnett Township 36,635
2.66 Wrightsville Beach 2,519
3.00 Cape Fear Township 18,367
4.00 Myrtle Grove 8,748
3.33 Murraysville 13,388
4.00 Ogden 6,685
3.66 Bayshore 3,739
3.33 Federal Point Township 24,783

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 28403 35,438
3.33 28412 34,822
3.66 28409 30,424
3.00 28405 28,120
2.66 28401 23,560

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
3.66 New Hanover County Schools 42

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.00 Myrtle Grove Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Cape Fear Center for Inquiry Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Walter L. Parsley Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
Wilmington Preparatory Academy Public, Charter K-7 Elementary, Middle
4.00 Isaac M. Bear High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Codington Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.00 Eaton Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Ogden Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Holly Tree Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 M.C.S. Noble Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.66 Heyward C. Bellamy Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Roland-Grise Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.66 Wrightsville Beach Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Emma B. Trask Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.66 Pine Valley Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Carolina Beach Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
D.C. Virgo Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.66 Murrayville Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Bradley Creek Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Wilmington Early College High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 College Park Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 John J. Blair Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Eugene Ashley High School Public 9-12 High
Mary Sidberry Mosley Performance Learning Center Public, Alternative 10-12 High

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
3.00 Cape Fear Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Coastal Christian High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.66 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
Wesley Memorial Child Education Center Private, Religious PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Pine Valley United Methodist Church Wee Care Preschool & Kindergarten Private, Religious PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
New Horizons Elementary School Private K-5 Elementary
Calvary Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences Private 4-8 Middle
Noah's Ark Children's Center Private, Religious PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Academy of Excellence Private, Religious 6-12 High
Wilmington Seventh-day Adventist School Private, Religious 1-8 Elementary, Middle
Yahweh Center School Private, Religious, Special Education K-5 Elementary
Ephesus Junior Academy Private, Religious 7-8 Middle

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
3.33 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 70.51% 64.16% 65.65%
African American 20.92% 12.21% 21.15%
Hispanic 5.50% 16.05% 8.11%
Multiracial 1.20% 1.85% 1.61%
Asian 1.13% 4.67% 2.12%
Other 0.35% 0.21% 0.18%
Native American 0.30% 0.66% 1.09%
Pacific Islander 0.04% 0.15% 0.04%

Age

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
9 years and under 11% 13% 13%
10 to 17 years 9% 11% 11%
18 to 24 years 17% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 16% 13% 13%
35 to 44 years 11% 14% 14%
45 to 54 years 13% 15% 14%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 12%
65 and over 14% 13% 13%

Education Levels

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Less than a high school diploma 12% 15% 16%
High school diploma or equivalent 21% 29% 28%
Some college or associate degree 29% 29% 30%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 18%
Master's degree or higher 12% 10% 9%

Gender

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

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Rent 52.4% 33.9% 32.2%
Own 47.6% 66.1% 67.8%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Assault 298.1 280.9 323.6
Murder 7.3 5.6 6.0
Rape 21.0 29.2 25.3
Robbery 238.6 150.7 165.9

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Burglary 1548.9 718.3 1153.5
Larceny 3513.8 2276.2 3067.1
Motor vehicle theft 341.0 275.5 220.9

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
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36°
60°
38°
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44°
74°
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87°
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84°
66°
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55°
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45°
59°
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Precipitation
3.8"
3.6"
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