Wilmington, NC - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    108,530
  • Population Density
    2,043 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    53 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    117 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 117 reviews
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    • 3
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: Its an okay place to live. The NC school system could be updated and the gang activity could be better handled. All in all its an okay city.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: In my neighborhood specifically things are okay. It is kind of expensive, and the rooms are small, but the quality of life is generally good. Maintenance usually keeps up everything outside and the place is nice looking.
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: I think that the area and local businesses cater more to tourists and transplants, while ignoring and neglecting the needs and concerns of the natives.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: Wilmington is an incredible city despite its small size. The university is nationally recognized and provides a great education for reasonable tuition. The people in Wilmington are some of the most caring and generous I have ever met.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Wilmington: Year round, the atmosphere around Wilmington, NC is happy, fun-filled, and busy. As a port city, Wilmington has plenty to do and see, with three major beaches, a state aquarium, lots of parks, and a lively downtown area. I would live here again if I had the chance to do it all over because of the easygoing vibe and friendly, active people I've met since moving here. While it can be quite humid during the summer, there are plenty of beach-worthy days all year. Even during hurricane season, the weather provides enough entertainment between surfing the swells and much more.

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 School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
3.66 New Hanover County Schools 41

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
4.00 Walter L. Parsley Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Wilmington Preparatory Academy Public, Charter K-8 Elementary
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 PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 Ogden Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, 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 PK, K-5 Pre-K, 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 PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 Edwin A Anderson Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.66 Murrayville Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, 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 9-12 High

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
3.00 Cape Fear Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, 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, 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 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 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
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

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Precipitation
3.8"
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    Precipitation

  • 3.8"
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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 12 responses

  • 83% Yes
  • 17% Not sure
  • 0% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 11 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 13 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 11 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 11 responses

  • 36% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 27% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 36% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 0% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 17 responses

  • 12% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 59% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 29% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 0% 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 9 responses

  • 11% I love everything about it.
  • 78% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 11% 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 11 responses

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