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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 120,517 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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

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Wilmington, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 120,517
Population in Households 115,368
Population in Familes 76,903
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,149
Population Density2 2,335
Diversity Index3 49


Median Household Income $47,020
Average Household Income $72,029
Per Capita Income $32,412


Total Housing Units 60,545 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 23,713 (39.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 29,527 (48.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,305 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $261,606
Average Home Value $354,093


Total Households 53,240
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 26,561
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.43% 1.44%
Households 1.45% 1.48%
Families 1.24% 1.3%
Median Household Income   2.07%
Per Capita Income   2.06%

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, 2018 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 Density # 23 97th
Diversity Index # 361 51st
Median Household Income # 294 60th
Per Capita Income # 126 83rd

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