A thriving metropolis of 73,145 within its city limits, the City of Wilmington boasts a history dating back to 1633. Delaware’s largest city consists of many tranquil and inviting neighborhoods like Ninth Ward, Wawaset Park, and Forty Acres. Tree-shaded streets offer everything from traditional architecture in single-family homes to luxurious new townhouses and apartment complexes of all sizes, all linked by a comprehensive transit system. Some of the East Coast’s most successful shopping centers combine with cultural attractions, fine restaurants, and outstanding services to create a convenient, comfortable lifestyle.
Just 28 miles south of Philadelphia, Wilmington is becoming a magnet for young families and professionals who commute to neighboring states for employment. An abundance of comparatively affordable housing, a more relaxed pace of living, a superb school system, and the close proximity of state parks and beaches make the area difficult to resist. Among city-center highlights are fascinating museums, outdoor cafes, an immaculately renovated turn-of-the-century opera house, and a complex of historic homes.
Framing the downtown district are the Christina and Brandywine Gateways, along with the historic New Sweden district on the Seventh Street Peninsula. Throughout Wilmington, a colorful variety of long-established ethnic neighborhoods intermingle with bustling commercial districts, elegantly restored residential communities, or luxurious new construction. While exciting riverfront developments are revitalizing the urban core, lovely new residential developments radiate beyond the city limits and continue to widen the sphere of Greater Wilmington.