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Wilmington, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Wilmington is the 8th largest city in North Carolina with a population of 116,480 as of July 1, 2016. Wilmington ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wilmington is located at latitude 34.2092 and longitude -77.8858 in New Hanover County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wilmington (see map below) encompass a land area of 51.61 sq. miles and a water area of 1.53 sq. miles. New Hanover County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of Wilmington (GNIS ID: 2405754) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Wilmington is located within Township of Wilmington, a minor civil division (MCD) of New Hanover County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wilmington population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wilmington: New Carthage, New Liverpool, New Town, Newton.

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Wilmington, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 116,480
Population in Households 111,397
Population in Familes 73,977
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,083
Population Density1 2,257
Diversity Index2 49


Total Households 51,269
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 25,716
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 58,304 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 23,946 (41.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 27,323 (46.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,035 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $248,866
Average Home Value $337,125


Median Household Income $40,996
Average Household Income $65,235
Per Capita Income $29,340
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.34% 1.41%
Households 1.31% 1.41%
Families 1.12% 1.24%
Median Household Income   1.0%
Per Capita Income   1.48%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Wilmington, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wilmington to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 99th
Population Density1 # 21 97th
Diversity Index2 # 349 53rd
Median Household Income # 345 53rd
Per Capita Income # 122 84th

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