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Overview

Introduction to Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle county, is 24 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city is part of the Wilmington - Newark metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 72,664 people live in Wilmington.

Wilmington History

The area which is now recognized as Wilmington was originally colonized by the settlers from Sweden in the year 1638. The Dutch took over from the Swedes and renamed the area as Altena. With the beginning of British colonization in the year 1664, the area came under the British rule. A borough charter was granted by King George II in 1739; this changed the name of the city to Wilmington. It is considered to be named after Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington.

Wilmington and nearby Attractions

  • Brandywine Shopping Center
  • Wilmington Industrial Park
  • Brown Park
  • Business History & Technology Museum
  • Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

Things To Do In Wilmington

The city of Wilmington has several notable tourist attractions that one can visit including the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Arden Craft Shop Museum, Business History & Technology Museum, and the Historical Society of Delaware; these are all notable for their historical significance. There are also parks that one can visit like Christina Park, Speakman Park, and the Rodney Square. Tourists can have some fun shopping at the Brandywine Shopping Center in Wilmington.

Wilmington Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by the New Castle County airport.

Wilmington Higher Education

There are many institutions offering high education to the residents of Wilmington including Delaware College of Art and Design, Widener University - Delaware campus, Goldey - Beacom College, and Harrison Career Institute - Wilmington.

People

Total Population 71,549
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 30,976
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 26.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $33,892
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,491
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,244

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,737
% Above Poverty Level 75.5%
% Below Poverty Level 24.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.8%
% Using Public Transportation 12.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.9%
Median Gross Rent $910
Median House Value $167,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 64.2%
US/American 0%
English 3.5%
Irish 9.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wilmington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles SW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County New Castle
Standard Zip Codes 19801, 19802, 19803, 19804, 19805, 19806, 19807, 19808, 19809, 19810
P.O. Box Zip Codes 19850, 19880, 19899
Company Zip Codes 19884, 19885, 19886, 19887, 19889, 19890, 19891, 19892, 19893, 19894, 19895, 19896, 19897, 19898
Phone Area Codes 302
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.745
Longitude -75.546

Wilmington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WILMINGTON NEW CASTLE AP
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 46 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Station MARCUS HOOK
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 40 F
Apr Temp 46 to 63 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Station NEWARK UNIVERSITY FARM
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Wilmington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Marshallton (19808)

Stanton (19804)

Talleyville (19803)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arden 538 $92,188
Bellefonte 1,318 $93,000
Elsmere 6,154 $49,641
New Castle 5,371 $67,083
Newark 32,740 $90,651
Newport 1,165 $36,346

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wilmington Public Libraries

Library
Wilmington Institute Library
10TH & MARKET STREET
Wilmington, Delaware
(302) 571-7400

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Wilmington Hospitals

ST FRANCIS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
7TH AND CLAYTON STS
(302) 421-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

Wilmington VA Medical Center
(VA)
1601 Kirkwood Highway
(302) 994-2511 or (800) 461-8262
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Wilmington High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

DELCASTLE TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
1417 NEWPORT ROAD
302-995-8100
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,466 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

ALEXIS I. DUPONT HIGH SCHOOL
GREENVILLE
302-651-2626
Serves 1,271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

BRANDYWINE HIGH SCHOOL
1400 FOULK ROAD
302-479-1600
Serves 1,257 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

THOMAS MCKEAN HIGH SCHOOL
301 MCKENNAN'S CHURCH ROAD
302-992-5520
Serves 1,189 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL
2501 EBRIGHT ROAD
302-475-3951
Serves 1,123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

JOHN DICKINSON HIGH SCHOOL
1801 MILLTOWN ROAD
302-992-5500
Serves 1,023 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

MOUNT PLEASANT HIGH SCHOOL
5201 WASHINGTON STREET EXTENSI
302-762-7125
Serves 936 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

CHARTER SCHOOL OF WILMINGTON
100 NORTH DUPONT ROAD
302-651-2727
A Charter School.
Serves 915 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY
401 EAST 12TH STREET
302-571-5400
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

CAB CALLOWAY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
100 NORTH DUPONT ROAD
302-651-2702
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Serves 771 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

RICHARDSON PARK LEARNING CENTER
99 MIDDLEBORO ROAD
302-992-5574
A Special Education School
Serves 201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
1800 PROSPECT ROAD
302-429-4146
Serves 153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

PACE/TRLC
1621 TELEGRAPH ROAD
302-992-5550
A Non-traditional School
Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

COMMUNITY SCHOOL (THE)
1621 TELEGRAPH ROAD
302-922-5550
A Non-traditional School
Serves 54 students.

FIRST STATE SCHOOL
501 WEST 14TH STREET
302-428-5845
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.

DELAWARE ADOLESCENT PROGRAM INC. (DAPI)
1600 JESSUP STREET
302-652-3445
A Non-traditional School

ALFRED I. DUPONT HOSPITAL SCHOOL
1600 ROCKLAND ROAD
302-651-4960
A Special Education School

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