Profile for Wilmington, North Carolina, NC
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Wilmington is a city in New Hanover County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after the Earl of Wilmington.
The latitude of Wilmington is 34.225N. The longitude is -77.945W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 30 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 91,137.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Wilmington demographic reports
Wilmington is between Cape Fear and the Atlantic Ocean.
Former and merged names include:
· New Town
· New Liverpool
· New Carthage
In one of the events leading to the Revolution, colonists demonstrated here against the Stamp Act in 1765.
Public transportation: Wave Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 819. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 8.9 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1986 movie, "Blue Velvet"
· 1994 movie, "The Hudsucker Proxy"
· TV series, "Dawson's Creek"
· 2002 movie, "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
· 2002 movie, "A Walk to Remember"
Well-known residents have included:
· Michael Jordan, basketball player
· Charles Kuralt, TV journalist
· Sonny Jurgensen, football player
· David Brinkley, TV newsman
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- North Carolina Jazz Festival - Feb. 1-3, 2007
- North Carolina Azalea Festival - April 11-15, 2007
- Cape Fear Blues Festival - July 27-29, 2007
- Oktoberfest - Oct. 19-20, 2007
- Festival Latino - Nov. 3, 2007
- Cape Fear Fair - Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2007
- Women in Blues Festival - Nov. 2-3, 2007
- Riverfest - Oct. 5-7, 2007
- Shakespeare on the Green Festival - June 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 2007
- Orange Street Artsfest - May 26-27, 2007
- Celebrate the Arts - Nov. 10-11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Wilmington web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Wilmington Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Carolina Beach State Park, Lake Waccamaw State Park
Wilmington attractions: Henrietta III riverboat, Airlie Gardens
Sports teams: Wilmington Hammerheads (USL soccer)
Historic sites and museums: Cape Fear Museum, Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts, Burgwin-Wright Museum House and Gardens, Latimer House, St. John's Museum of Art, USS North Carolina
Colleges and universities:
University of North Carolina, Cape Fear Community College, Miller-Motte Business College, Mount Olive College-Wilmington
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 93
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Ancestry & family history
11% of Wilmington residents report German ancestry, and 10% 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 $21,503, compared with $21,587 nationally.
31% of Wilmington residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Wilmington festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- North Carolina Azalea Festival - A
- Cape Fear Fair - O
- Cape Fear Blues Festival - J
- Riverfest - O
- North Carolina Jazz Festival - F
- Shakespeare on the Green Festival - J
- Oktoberfest - O
- Orange Street Artsfest - M
- Festival Latino - N
- Celebrate the Arts - N
- Women in Blues Festival - N
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Wilmington, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $507. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,032.
Libraries in Wilmington include Law Library, Myrtle Grove Branch, New Hanover County Public Library, Northeast Regional ... View libraries
Newspapers in Wilmington include Wilmington Star-News
TV stations in Wilmington include WECT, WSFX, WUNJ, WWAY.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WHQR.
New Hanover County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wilmington political report.
Wilmington restaurants taking online reservations include Max's Prime Steakhouse ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Wilmington workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 24 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 3.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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