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Welcome to Wilmington ...

The city of Wilmington is located in New Hanover County<1> and is the County Seat for New Hanover County.

When the people of Wilmington refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Wilmingtonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Wilmington has a population of 123,522 people<3> (see below for details).

Wilmington was established in 1739.

The community of Wilmington is 30 feet [9 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Wilmington lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Wilmington is located in the (910) area code.

Websites for Wilmington ...

Official Website:   www.ci.wilmington.nc.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.wilmingtonchamber.org/

Junior League:   www.jlwnc.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Wilmington had an population of 123,522 people. This is an increase of 16.01% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 62.88% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wilmington had a population of 106,476 people (which is 52.54% of the total population of New Hanover County). This makes Wilmington the county's most populous community.

The population of Wilmington represents 1.12% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 8th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 106,476 people, the population of Wilmington increased 40.4% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 75,838 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Wilmington.

Communities Also Named Wilmington ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 17 communities that are also named Wilmington - they are located in Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio (3), Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Wilmington.

Communities near Wilmington ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Wilmington.

  • Leland [Brunswick County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leland
    • Leland [Brunswick County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the west of Wilmington
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,647 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leland have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leland<7>
  • Boiling Spring Lakes [Brunswick County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boiling Spring Lakes
    • Boiling Spring Lakes [Brunswick County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Wilmington
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,430 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boiling Spring Lakes have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boiling Spring Lakes
  • Carolina Beach [New Hanover County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carolina Beach
    • Carolina Beach [New Hanover County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Wilmington
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,369 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carolina Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carolina Beach
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carolina Beach<7>
  • Navassa [Brunswick County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Navassa
    • Navassa [Brunswick County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Wilmington
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,534 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Navassa have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Navassa
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Kure Beach [New Hanover County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kure Beach
      • Kure Beach [New Hanover County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the south of Wilmington
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,077 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kure Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kure Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kure Beach<7>
    • Northwest [Brunswick County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Northwest
      • Northwest [Brunswick County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Wilmington
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 806 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northwest
    • Topsail Beach [Pender County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Topsail Beach
      • Topsail Beach [Pender County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northeast of Wilmington
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 438 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Topsail Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Topsail Beach<7>
    • Sandy Creek [Brunswick County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy Creek
      • Sandy Creek [Brunswick County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the west of Wilmington
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 319 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandy Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Creek
    • Bolivia [Brunswick County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bolivia
      • Bolivia [Brunswick County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Wilmington
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 154 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bolivia have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bolivia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bolivia<7>
    • Hightsville [New Hanover County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hightsville
      • Hightsville [New Hanover County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Wilmington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hightsville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hightsville

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Wilmington. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Wilmington.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Wilmington. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Wilmington.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilmington. Our list includes 91 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Wilmington.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Wilmington ...

Looking for more information about Wilmington? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Wilmington, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Wilmington.

Adding Wilmington to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Wilmington in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Wilmington was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Wilmington on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Wilmington on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of North Carolina

About New Hanover County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wilmington: www.ci.wilmington.nc.us/

The official website for New Hanover County: www.nhcgov.com/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including New Hanover, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Wilmington refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Wilmington may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Wilmington.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Wilmington - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wilmington) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wilmington. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WilmingtonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilmington. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2105, Longitude: -77.8868    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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