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Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States and is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn for his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

According to 2009 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 73,069.

Wilmington Economy
Much of Wilmington's economy is based on its status as the most populous and readily accessible city in Delaware, a state that made itself attractive to businesses with pro-business finance laws and a longstanding reputation for a fair and effective judicial system. Contributing to the economic health of the downtown and Wilmington Riverfront regions has been the presence of Wilmington Station, through which 665,000 people passed in 2009.

Wilmington has become a national financial center for the credit card industry, largely due to regulations enacted by former Governor Pierre S. du Pont, IV in 1981. The Financial Center Development Act of 1981, among other things, eliminated the usury laws enacted by most states, thereby removing the cap on interest rates that banks may legally charge customers. Many major credit card issuers, including Bank of America (formerly MBNA Corporation), Chase Card Services (part of JPMorgan Chase & Co., formerly Bank One/First USA), and Barclays Bank of Delaware (formerly Juniper Bank), are headquartered in Wilmington. The Dutch banking giant ING Groep N.V. headquartered its U.S. internet banking unit, ING Direct, in Wilmington. The United Kingdom's HSBC has their American operations headquartered in Wilmington. Wilmington Trust is headquartered in Wilmington at Rodney Square. Barclays and ING Direct have very large and prominent locations located along the waterfront of the Christina River. In 1988, the Delaware legislature enacted a law which required a would-be acquirer to capture 85 percent of a Delaware chartered corporation’s stock in a single transaction or wait three years before proceeding. This law strengthened Delaware's position as a safe haven for corporate charters during an especially turbulent time filled with hostile takeovers.

Wilmington's other notable industries include insurance (American Life Insurance Company [ALICO], Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware), retail banking (including the Delaware headquarters of: Wilmington Trust, PNC Bank, Wachovia Bank, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Citizens Bank, Wilmington Savings Fund Society, and Artisans' Bank), and legal services. A General Motors plant was closed in 2009. Delaware's only two remaining homegrown 2006 Fortune 1000 companies, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and Hercules, both have their global headquarters in downtown Wilmington. This is two less than previous years due to the acquisition of MBNA by Bank of America, and Conectiv through Pepco Holding's subsidiary, Delmarva Power. In addition, the city is the corporate domicile of more than 50% of the publicly traded companies in the United States, and over 60% of the Fortune 500.

Delaware chartered corporations rely on the state's Court of Chancery to decide legal disputes, which places legal decisions with a judge instead of a jury. The Court of Chancery, known both nationally and internationally for its speed, competence, and knowledgeable judiciary as a court of equity, is empowered to grant broad relief in the form of injunctions and restraining orders, which is of particular importance when shareholders seek to block or enjoin corporate actions such as mergers or acquisitions. The Court of Chancery, as a statewide court, may hear cases in any of the state's three counties. A dedicated-use Chancery courthouse was recently constructed in Georgetown, Sussex County, which has hosted high-profile complex corporate trials such as the Disney shareholder litigation.

Delaware has among the strictest rules in America regarding out-of-state legal practice, allowing no reciprocity to lawyers who passed the bar in other states.

Wilmington Education
Wilmington is served by the Brandywine, Colonial, Christina, and Red Clay school districts for elementary, junior high, and high school public education. The New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District operates Howard High School of Technology in the city of Wilmington.

In 1954 the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court forced the then segregated schools of New Castle County to desegregate. However, the subsequent eleven school districts that were created in the county, including the Wilmington School District, soon became de facto segregated, as the Wilmington School District became predominately black, and the districts outside the city remained overwhemingly white. In response, the 1976 U.S. District Court decision Evans v. Buchanan implemented a plan by which students in Wilmington would be bused to attend school in the suburbs for certain grades, while suburban students would be bused into the City of Wilmington for other grades. By 1981, the four current districts in northern New Castle County, Brandywine, Christina, Colonial, and Red Clay, each composed of city and suburban areas, were established.

There are several private secondary schools in Wilmington: Salesianum School, Ursuline Academy, Wilmington Friends School, Tower Hill School, St. Elizabeth High School, and Padua Academy.

Wilmington also hosts two charter schools, including the Charter School of Wilmington, and East Side Charter School, and a magnet school, Cab Calloway School of the Arts which focuses on the performing arts. The Charter School of Wilmington and Cab Calloway School of the Arts are housed in the building of the former Wilmington High School.

Universities and colleges There are several colleges operating in the city of Wilmington:

  • Delaware College of Art & Design
  • Delaware State University - Wilmington Campus
  • Delaware Technical & Community College - Wilmington Campus
  • Drexel University - Wilmington Campus
  • Goldey-Beacom College
  • Springfield College - Wilmington Campus
  • University of Delaware - Wilmington Campus and Downtown Building
  • Widener University - Wilmington Campus, Widener University School of Law and University College
  • Wilmington University - formerly had graduate center in city

Wilmington DE Area Information

Wilmington DE Community Characteristics and Facts
  • Total Crime Risk: 357.0 (100 = National Average)
  • Population: 70,399
  • Population Growth Since 2000: -3.12%
  • Annual Max Avg. Temperature: 64 F
  • Annual Min Avg. Temperature: 45 F
  • Male Median Age: 32 years
  • Female Median Age: 37.4 years
  • Median Household Income: $45,361
  • Highest Education Level Attained: High School 31.96%, Bachelors 13.96%, Grad School 9.14%

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2010 Population Growth and Population Statistics Wilmington, DE Delaware
Total Population 70,399 889,818
Square Miles 10.71 1,953.56
Population Density 6,576.00 455.50
Population Change Since 1990 -1.65% 33.55%
Population Change Since 2000 -3.12% 13.56%
Forecasted Population Change by 2014 -2.03% 5.36%
Population Male 33,794 48.00% 435,323 48.92%
Population Female 36,605 52.00% 454,495 51.08%
Median Age 34.60 36.80

Wilmington DE Population Growth and Population Statistics


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2010 Weather Summary Wilmington, DE Delaware
Weather Index 122 122
Annual Maximum Avg. Temperature 64.0 °F 64.0 °F
Annual Minimum Avg. Temperature 45.0 °F 45.0 °F
Annual Avg. Temperature 54.2 °F 54.2 °F
Annual Heating Degree Days (Tot Degrees < 65) 4,937 4,937
Annual Cooling Degree Days (Tot Degrees > 65) 1,046 1,046
Percent of Possible Sunshine 70 70
Mean Sky Cover (Sunrise to Sunset - Out of 10) 6 6
Mean Number of Days Clear (Out of 365 Days) 97 97
Mean Number of Days Rain (Out of 365 Days) 116 116
Mean Number of Days Snow (Out of 365 Days) 6 6
Avg. Annual Precipitation (Total Inches) 41.00" 41.00"
Avg. Annual Snowfall (Total Inches) 20.00" 20.00"

Wilmington DE Weather, Forecast, Temperature and Precipitation


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Wilmington DE Population by Age


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