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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Wilmington-DE, Delaware

A major college city in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area, Wilmington is located in Delaware with a population of over 72,000. It experienced tremendous job growth in the 1980s when many national banks and financial institutions relocated here, and they remain today. It is home to Goldey-Beacom College as well as Widener University.

Where to Retire in Wilmington-DE and Home Prices

Although it has an industrial base, a high crime rate and large population of poor people, there are certain areas where new residents might find it attractive.
The median home value was $287,294 in late 2021, according to

What Is Special about Wilmington-DE

Wilmington is a college town and the city is revamping the Riverfront area with shops and apartments. Many festivals occur during the spring and summer; Wilmington has nine historic districts and over 55 parks; it is a little above average in walkability.

What Is Not Special about Wilmington-DE

Although the city is working to make it safer, Wilmington has a very high crime rate; Wilmington does experience snow storms.

Climate and Physical Environment

Wilmington has cool to cold winters and hot and humid summers.  The average temperature in January is 32 degrees. Winters can be mild, yet Wilmington has experienced some major snowstorms.  The average July temperature is 76 degrees, although many summer days can be in the 90's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Because of the diverse ethnic population, Deleware celebrates with an Italian festival, a Greek festival, along with Polish, African American and Hispanic celebrations.  The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is an annual event, as is the  Riverfront Blues Festival.  The city has been revitalizing a former shipyard area known as Wilmington Riverfront, which includes a children's museum, shops, dining, theater company and a high-rise luxury apartment building.


Crime in Wilmington is very high - about three times the national average.

Medical Facilities

St. Francis Hospital,  Wilmington VA Medical Center


The nearest international airport is in Philadelphia, about 22 miles away. Wilmington does have an Amtrak station and New Castle Airport; Wilmington is a little above average in walkability when compared to other communities.

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