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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population115,261
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+55,820
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married38.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.1%
Median Earnings25+$34,247
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,388
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,709

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,251
% Above Poverty Level76.8%
% Below Poverty Level23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone38.3%
Median Gross Rent$889
Median House Value$232,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.9%
English11.1%
German10%
Irish9.4%
Italian4.6%
Scottish2.9%
French Except Basque2%
Polish1.8%
Welsh1.1%
Dutch0.9%
Norwegian0.7%
Swedish0.7%
Greek0.7%
Russian0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Canadian0.4%
African0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Czech0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Wilmington Almanac

CategoryValue
County New Hanover County
Standard Zip Codes28403, 28405, 28409, 28411, 28412, 28401
P.O. Box Zip Codes28402, 28404, 28406, 28407, 28408
Company Zip Codes28410
Phone Area Codes910
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude34.21
Approximate Longitude-77.91

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)

StationWILMINGTON NEW HANVR AP
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp36 to 56 F
Apr Temp51 to 74 F
Jul Temp72 to 90 F
Oct Temp54 to 76 F
Annual Precip57 inches
StationWILMINGTON 7 N
Distance6.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 75 F
Jul Temp70 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip58.4 inches
StationLONGWOOD
Distance37.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 56 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip54.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belville2,137$69,063
Boiling Spring Lakes5,777$58,821
Carolina Beach6,116$89,177
Leland18,023$72,814
Navassa1,556$41,898
Wrightsville Beach2,545$115,125

Wilmington Public Libraries

New Hanover County Public Library
201 CHESTNUT ST
Wilmington, North Carolina
(910) 798-6321

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Wilmington Hospitals

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Orthopedic Hospital
5301 Wrightsville Ave
(910) 452-8100
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
(Government - Local)
2228 S. 17th Street/fiscal Services
(910) 343-7040

Wilmington Public Schools

Cape Fear Center For Inquiry
2525 Wonder Way
ZIP: 28401
(910) 362-0000
Primary
Total Enrollment 408
D.c. Virgo Preparatory Academy
813 Nixon St
ZIP: 28401
(910) 251-6150
Middle
Total Enrollment 260
Douglass Academy
507 N 6th Street
ZIP: 28401
(910) 763-1976
Primary
Total Enrollment 86
Gregory School Of Math Science And Tech
1106 Ann St
ZIP: 28401
(910) 251-6185
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Lake Forest Academy
1802 S 15th Street
ZIP: 28401
(910) 772-2515
Primary
Total Enrollment 45
New Hanover High
1307 Market St
ZIP: 28401
(910) 251-6100
High
Total Enrollment 1695
Sunset Park Elementary
613 Alabama Ave
ZIP: 28401
(910) 815-6948
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Williston Middle
401 S 10th St
ZIP: 28401
(910) 815-6906
Middle
Total Enrollment 742
Wrightsboro Elementary
2716 Castle Hayne Rd
ZIP: 28401
(910) 815-6909
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
College Park Elementary
5001 Oriole Dr
ZIP: 28403
(910) 350-2058
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Edwin A Alderman Elementary
2025 Independence Blvd
ZIP: 28403
(910) 350-2031
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
Forest Hills Global Elementary
602 Colonial Drive
ZIP: 28403
(910) 251-6190
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Isaac M Bear High
630 Macmillan Avenue
ZIP: 28403
(910) 350-1387
High
Total Enrollment 231
John T Hoggard High
4305 Shipyard Blvd
ZIP: 28403
(910) 350-2072
High
Total Enrollment 1786
Roland-grise Middle
4412 Lake Ave
ZIP: 28403
(910) 350-2136
Middle
Total Enrollment 814
Wilmington Preparatory Academy
134 Cinema Drive
ZIP: 28403
(910) 799-6776
Primary
Total Enrollment 136
Winter Park Model Elementary
204 S Macmillan Ave
ZIP: 28403
(910) 350-2159
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
A H Snipes Academy Of Arts/des
2150 Chestnut Street
ZIP: 28405
(910) 251-6175
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Dr Hubert Eaton Sr Elem
6701 Gordon Road
ZIP: 28405
(910) 397-1544
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Emma B Trask Middle
2900 N College Rd
ZIP: 28405
(910) 350-2142
Middle
Total Enrollment 724
Emsley A Laney High
2700 N College Rd
ZIP: 28405
(910) 350-2089
High
Total Enrollment 2141
John J Blair Elementary
6510 Market St
ZIP: 28405
(910) 350-2045
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Lakeside
3702 Princess Place Drive
ZIP: 28405
(910) 251-6161
Other
Total Enrollment 25
M C S Noble Middle
6520 Market St
ZIP: 28405
(910) 350-2112
Middle
Total Enrollment 787
Mary Sidberry Mosley Plc
3702 Princess Place Drive
ZIP: 28405
(910) 251-6161
High
Total Enrollment 57
R Freeman Sch Of Engineering
2601 Princess Place Drive
ZIP: 28405
(910) 251-6011
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Bradley Creek Elementary
6211 Greenville Loop
ZIP: 28409
(910) 350-2051
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Holly Tree Elementary
3020 Web Trace
ZIP: 28409
(910) 790-2250
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Myrtle Grove Middle
901 Piner Rd
ZIP: 28409
(910) 350-2100
Middle
Total Enrollment 804
Walter L Parsley Elementary
3518 Masonboro Loop Road
ZIP: 28409
(910) 790-2355
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Murrayville Elementary
225 Mabee Way
ZIP: 28411
(919) 790-5067
Primary
Total Enrollment 693
Ogden Elementary
3637 Middle Sound Rd
ZIP: 28411
(910) 686-6464
Primary
Total Enrollment 694
Charles P Murray Middle
655 Halyburton Memorial Parkwy
ZIP: 28412
(910) 790-2363
Middle
Total Enrollment 894
College Road Early Childhood Center
4905 South College Rd
ZIP: 28412
(910) 350-7860
Primary
Total Enrollment 113
Dr John Codington Elem
4321 Carolina Beach Road
ZIP: 28412
(910) 790-2236
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Edwin A Anderson Elementary
455 Halyburton Memorial Parkwa
ZIP: 28412
(910) 798-3311
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Eugene Ashley High
555 Halyburton Memorial Parkwy
ZIP: 28412
(910) 790-2360
High
Total Enrollment 1874
Heyward C Bellamy Elem
70 Sanders Rd
ZIP: 28412
(910) 350-2039
Primary
Total Enrollment 603
Island Montessori Charter
6339 Carolina Beach Road
ZIP: 28412
(910) 795-4860
Primary
Total Enrollment 168
Mary C Williams Elementary
801 Silver Lake Rd
ZIP: 28412
(910) 350-2150
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Pine Valley Elementary
440 John S Mosby Dr
ZIP: 28412
(910) 350-2121
Primary
Total Enrollment 546

Wilmington Private Schools

St James Day School
25 S 3rd St
ZIP: 28401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
St Mary Catholic School
217 S 4th St
ZIP: 28401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 241
Academy Of Excellence
3110 Randall Pkwy 1
ZIP: 28403
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Pine Valley Umc Wee Care Preschool & Kindergarten
3788 Shipyard Blvd
ZIP: 28403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
St Mark Catholic School
1013 Eastwood Rd
ZIP: 28403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 397
The Children's Schoolhouse Of Wilmington
612 S College Rd
ZIP: 28403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Wesley Memorial Child Education Center
1401 S College Rd
ZIP: 28403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Wilmington Sda School
2833 Market St
ZIP: 28403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Calvary Christian School
423 N 23rd St
ZIP: 28405
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Wilmington Christian Academy
1401 N College Rd
ZIP: 28405
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 626
Friends School Of Wilmington
350 Peiffer Ave
ZIP: 28409
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Myrtle Grove Christian School
806 Piner Rd
ZIP: 28409
Elementary
Total Enrollment 349
Noah's Ark Children's Center
1501 Beasley Rd
ZIP: 28409
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Wilmington Academy Of Arts & Sciences
6201 Myrtle Grove Rd
ZIP: 28409
Elementary
Total Enrollment 61
Cape Fear Academy
3900 S College Rd
ZIP: 28412
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 618
Coastal Christian High School
709 George Anderson Dr
ZIP: 28412
Secondary
Total Enrollment 189
New Horizons Elementary School
3705 S College Rd
ZIP: 28412
Elementary
Total Enrollment 92
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