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Overview

Introduction to Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in Hanover County. The city contains a large seaport and is home to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. It features a prominent historic district and is close to superb beaches. The city was the childhood residence of basketball star Michael Jordan.

History

The area was established during the 1720's by English settlers. In 1739 the city was incorporated. Lumber produced from the nearby forest as well as naval stores were major factors for the economy during the 18th and 19th Centuries. During the Civil War, the local port was a primary base for Confederate blockade runners. The city was named in tribute to Spencer Compton who was the Earl of Wilmington and held the position of Primer Minister during the reign of George II.

Wilmington was the scene of the notorious "Massacre of 1898," a violent assault by a group of Caucasians which began with the destruction of a printing press of the African-American newspaper called the Daily Record. They proceeded to set the building on fire. The mob then entered an African-American neighborhood and lynched numerous residents and forced hundreds of African-Americans to leave town. The primary factor for the attack was an editorial in the Daily Record which was interpreted by some of the white citizens as being insulting to white womanhood. After the violent attack, the mayor along with the city council was pushed out of office and the leader of the white gang became the mayor.

Transportation

The city is home to the Wilmington International Airport.

Attractions

  • USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.
  • Cape Fear Museum.
  • Bellamy Mansion features antebellum architecture.
  • Airlie Gardens incudes lakes and the Historic Airlie Oak.
  • Burgwin-Wright House.
  • The Cape Fear Serpentarium features a vast number of snakes from all over the world.
  • Latimer House Museum.
  • Wilmington Railroad Museum.
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
  • Sunset Park Historic District.

Activities

  • Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Cultural Arts Building at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington contains a music recital hall, two theaters as well as an art gallery.
  • The EUE Screen Gems Studio offers tours to the public.
  • Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.
  • Wilmington Exchange Festival.
  • North Carolina Jazz Festival is host to world famous jazz musicians.
  • Wrightsville Beach.
  • Carolina Beach.
  • Kure Beach.
  • Marrz Theatre.
  • Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington.

Higher Education

The city is home to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the Cape Fear Community College.

People

Total Population 111,998
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 53,164
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 38.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,441
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,435
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,944

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,369
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.2%
Median Gross Rent $854
Median House Value $221,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.3%
US/American 0%
English 11.1%
Irish 9.5%

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

Wilmington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 114 miles S of Raleigh, North Carolina
County New Hanover
Metro Area Wilmington
Standard Zip Codes 28401, 28403, 28405, 28409, 28411, 28412
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28402, 28404, 28406, 28407, 28408
Company Zip Codes 28410
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.225
Longitude -77.945

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 HANVR AP
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 54 to 76 F
Annual Precip 57 inches
Station WILMINGTON 7 N
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 58.4 inches
Station LONGWOOD
Distance 37.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cape Fear (28401)

Wilm (28406, 28407, 28408, 28409, 28411, 28412, 28401, 28402, 28403, 28404, 28405)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belville 2,437 $72,059
Boiling Spring Lakes 5,610 $42,304
Carolina Beach 5,970 $88,704
Leland 16,122 $71,621
Navassa 1,887 $49,375

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

Wilmington Public Libraries

Library
New Hanover County Public Library
201 CHESTNUT STREET
Wilmington, North Carolina
(910) 772-7859

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Wilmington Hospitals

NEW HANOVER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
2131 S 17TH ST BOX 9000
(910) 343-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Wilmington High Schools

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EMSLEY A LANEY HIGH
2700 N COLLEGE RD
910-350-2089
Serves 1,825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

JOHN T HOGGARD HIGH
4305 SHIPYARD BLVD
910-350-2072
Serves 1,683 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

NEW HANOVER HIGH
1307 MARKET ST
910-251-6100
Serves 1,599 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

EUGENE ASHLEY HIGH
555 VETERANS DRIVE
910-790-2360
Serves 1,513 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

LAKESIDE
1805 S 13TH ST
910-251-6161
A Non-traditional School
Serves 275 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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