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Wilmington, North Carolina

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Wilmington is a city located in New Hanover County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 75,838. It is the county seat of New Hanover County. It was named in honor of Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington, who was Prime Minister under George II.

Wilmington is the seat of North Carolina's film industry; the city is the third largest center for film and television production in the United States, after Hollywood and New York City.

Wilmington is also known as the childhood home of basketball great Michael Jordan and journalist David Brinkley.



Location of Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is located at 34°13'24" North, 77°54'44" West (34.223232, -77.912122)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 107.4 km² (41.5 mi²). 106.2 km² (41.0 mi²) of it is land and 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.16% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 75,838 people, 34,359 households, and 17,351 families residing in the city. The population density is 714.2/km² (1,849.8/mi²). There are 38,678 housing units at an average density of 364.2/km² (943.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 70.57% White, 25.82% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.90% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 2.63% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 34,359 households out of which 20.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.5% are married couples living together, 14.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 49.5% are non-families. 36.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.10 and the average family size is 2.77.

In the city the population is spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 17.2% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,099, and the median income for a family is $41,891. Males have a median income of $30,803 versus $23,423 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,503. 19.6% of the population and 13.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 25.9% of those under the age of 18 and 12.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Passenger transportation

  • Located on the Cape Fear River delta at the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington has a sizable seaport.
  • Interstate Highway: The eastern terminus of I-40 is in Wilmington.
  • Wilmington is not currently served by passenger trains, though a link between the city and Raleigh, the state capital, is in the planning stages.
  • Bicycle: The NC-DOT Cape Fear Run bicycle route connects Apex to Wilmington and closely parallels the RUSA 600km brevet route.

Sister Cities

Wilmington is a Sister City with some of the following cities:

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