Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    108,530
  • Population Density
    2,043 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    53 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    112 3.7
Wilmington is a midsize city in North Carolina with 108,530 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
3.7 from 112 reviews
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    • 3
    Visiting at Wilmington: It's okay once you visit the beach or the downtown area it's pretty much nothing to do after that.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: The atmosphere is beautiful; you just have to know all the right spots to go. The mall could be a little better. I wish we had more exciting things to do as far as a Dave & Busters. The community can definitely improve on stopping senseless crime. But overall mostly everybody knows everybody and we just living.
    • 4
    Weather at Wilmington: I love the weather in Wilmington. Summer is just right. My friends and I occasionally go to the beach or pool during the summer and of course it rains and storms but the sunny days outnumber the rainy days. Fall feels excellent and it says warm throughout the month of December. It doesn't really get cold to January and that's usually when we have snow days and are out of school. The weather is usually cold towards the end of April and Spring finally kicks in May and June with a rain shower every now and then but once it clears up everything is just fine.
    • 3
    Food & Drink at Wilmington: As an 19 year old male, in my cut there isn't really much to do. You just have to adjust to the city. Wilmington has a beach so we go there often and of there is a lot of nice restaurants my family and I go to on occasion. Plus, Wilmington's downtown area is historical, so every now and then you might see a couple of tourist in my city
    • 3
    Employment at Wilmington: In order to get a good job, you basically have to know somebody, that knows someone.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Masonboro Township 15,006
3.00 Kings Grant 8,520
2.66 Silver Lake 5,929
2.00 Hightsville 830
3.33 Wrightsboro 5,438
3.66 Harnett Township 38,359
2.66 Wrightsville Beach 2,511
3.00 Cape Fear Township 18,733
4.00 Myrtle Grove 8,539
3.33 Murraysville 14,171
4.00 Ogden 7,027
3.66 Bayshore 3,524
3.33 Federal Point Township 25,775

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 28403 38,319
3.33 28412 35,602
3.66 28409 30,855
3.00 28405 29,021
2.66 28401 22,630

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 71.49% 63.25% 64.88%
African American 19.61% 12.23% 21.14%
Hispanic 5.60% 16.62% 8.55%
Asian 1.42% 4.83% 2.27%
Multiracial 1.15% 2.05% 1.85%
Native American 0.38% 0.66% 1.08%
Other 0.34% 0.19% 0.18%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.16% 0.05%

Age

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
9 years and under 11% 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 13% 14% 14%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 12%
65 and over 14% 13% 13%

Education Levels

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Less than a high school diploma 11% 14% 15%
High school diploma or equivalent 20% 28% 27%
Some college or associate degree 29% 29% 31%
Bachelor's degree 25% 18% 18%
Master's degree or higher 14% 11% 9%

Gender

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Male 47.6% 49.2% 48.7%
Female 52.4% 50.8% 51.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Rent 53.3% 35.1% 33.6%
Own 46.7% 64.9% 66.4%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Assault 349.6 278.9 294.3
Murder 6.3 5.0 5.8
Rape 35.1 15.3
Robbery 228.0 159.8 154.0

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Wilmington, NC United States North Carolina
Burglary 1482.2 573.5 1001.2
Larceny 3215.8 2079.6 2872.0
Motor vehicle theft 301.8 235.5 188.4

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°
66°
44°
74°
52°
81°
60°
87°
69°
90°
73°
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71°
84°
66°
76°
55°
68°
45°
59°
38°
Precipitation
3.8"
3.6"
4.2"
2.8"
4.5"
5.2"
7.5"
7.4"
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    Precipitation

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    Avg. Temps

  • 56°
    36°
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  • 66°
    44°
  • 74°
    52°
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    60°
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Resident Opinions

How likely are you to still be in this area in:     Based on 5 responses

Very unlikely
Very likely
  • 1 year
  • 5 years
  • 10 years
  • 20 years
  • Forever

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Yes
  • 0% Not sure
  • 0% No

In terms of overall quality of life, how would you rank this neighborhood compared to other neighborhoods in the area?     Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Top 1%
  • 0% Top 5%
  • 40% Top 10%
  • 40% Top 25%
  • 0% Top 50%
  • 0% Bottom 50%

What one word or phrase best describes this area?     Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Moderate neighborhood not many young children here
  • 20% Huge, a lot of traffic, +100,000 people
  • 20% Big neighborhood with kids
  • 20% BUSY

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 5 responses

  • 20% I love everything about it.
  • 80% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.