Wilmington, DE Profile: Facts & Data

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Wilmington, Delaware - Basic Facts

The City of Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware with a population of 73,254 as of July 1, 2019. Wilmington ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Delaware. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wilmington is located at latitude 39.7459 and longitude -75.5466 in New Castle County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wilmington encompass a land area of 10.9 sq. miles and a water area of 6.04 sq. miles. New Castle County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 92 feet.

The City of Wilmington (GNIS ID: 2390676) 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.

Delaware is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Wilmington is located within Wilmington Division of New Castle County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wilmington: Christinahamn, Fort Altena, Fort Christina, Walmington, Willington, Willingtown, Wilmington City.

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Wilmington, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Wilmington, DE Housing Affordability Index is 92
State of Delaware Housing Affordability Index is 119
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Wilmington, DE Wealth Index is 58
State of Delaware Wealth Index is 110
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 73,254
Population in Households 69,979
Population in Familes 50,090
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,275
Population Density 6,718
Diversity Index1 66
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $37,471
Average Household Income $63,520
Per Capita Income $25,674
Wealth Index3 58

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 33,972 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,241 (36.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,206 (50.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,525 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $197,509
Housing Affordability Index2 92
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 29,447
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 15,549
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.36% 0.38%
Households 0.31% 0.43%
Families 0.11% 0.17%
Median Household Income   2.48%
Per Capita Income   2.89%

Wilmington, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wilmington to the other 77 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Delaware by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 1 100th
Population Density # 2 99th
Diversity Index # 16 81st
Median Household Income # 76 3rd
Per Capita Income # 58 26th

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