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Wilmington is a city in New Castle County, in the Philadelphia-Camden metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the Earl of Wilmington.

The latitude of Wilmington is 39.745N. The longitude is -75.546W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 92 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 72,051.


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Median household income
Local
$35,116
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Wilmington demographic reports
Wilmington is at the junction of the Delaware and Christina rivers.
Swedish settlers led by Peter Minuit landed here in 1638.

The E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company built its first powder mill on Brandywine Creek in 1802.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,088. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 14.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked top home town in the state, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· du Pont family, industrialists
· Judge Reinhold, actor
· Elisabeth Shue, actress
· George Thorogood, singer, guitarist
· Henry Jay Heimlich, creator of the Heimlich maneuver
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Clifford Brown Jazz Festival - June 17-23, 2007
  • Riverfront Blues Festival - Aug. 10-12, 2007
  • Hispanic Festival - Sept. 7-9, 2007
  • Delaware Day - Dec. 7, 2007
  • Worker's Heritage Fest - April 22, 2007
  • Tribute to Bob Marley People's Festival - Aug. 4, 2007
  • Italian Festival - June 10-17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Wilmington web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Delaware Symphony Orchestra, First State Ballet Theatre, City Theater Company, Delaware Children's Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Opera Delaware, Wilmington Drama League
Nearby parks & recreation: Brandywine Creek State Park, Wilmington State Park
Wilmington attractions: Brandywine Zoo
Sports teams: Blue Rocks (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Delaware History Museum, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Rockwood Mansion Park, Hagley Museum and Library, Nemours Mansion & Garden
Colleges and universities: Wilmington College, Goldey-Beacom College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 134

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Wilmington demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the New Castle County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Wilmington-Newark area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 19806 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

6% of Wilmington residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Wilmington ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Wilmington was $20,236, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

21% of Wilmington residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Wilmington include Bancroft and Sons Cotton Mills, Baynard Boulevard Historic District, Brandywine Park and Kentmere Parkway, Brandywine Powder Mills District, Breck's Mill Area, Church Street Historic District, Cool Spring Park Historic District, Delaware Avenue Historic District, East Brandywine Historic District, Eighth Street Park Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Wilmington, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $507.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $940.


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Libraries in Wilmington include Concord Pike Public Library, Elsmere Public Library, Kirkwood Highway Public Library, Labiblioteca Del Pueblo Library, North Wilmington Library, Wilmington Institute Library, Woodlawn Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Wilmington include Wilmington News Journal

TV stations in Wilmington include WHYY, WPPX.

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New Castle County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wilmington political report.

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Wilmington restaurants taking online reservations include 821, Conley Ward Steakhouse, Costa's Grill & Wine Bar, Deep Blue Bar and Grill, Domaine Hudson wine bar & eatery, Harry's Savoy Grill, Harry's Seafood Grill, Jasmine Asian Cuisine, Moro, The Melting Pot - Wilmington DE ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Wilmington workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Wilmington between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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