Restaurants, theater, museums, a beautifully revitalized Riverfront — Wilmington, Delaware has it all. This medium-sized city of about 70,000 has something for everyone in more than 50 distinct neighborhoods from charming brick townhomes to single family homes on tree-lined streets, to luxury high-rise condominiums all within a pleasant walk or easy drive or bike ride to work, recreation and Wilmington’s thriving social scene.
A high-impact hub of economic activity, Wilmington embodies a unique culture of innovation that dates to the founding of the DuPont Company headquartered here since the early 1800s. It’s the chemical capital of the world, a global hub for fintech and financial services, home to one of the world’s largest talent pools of science and technology expertise, and a business-friendly city for both major corporations and cutting edge startups. Wilmington is the perfect home base for up-and-coming or established professionals in law, banking and credit cards, health care, education, STEM-based industries and innovative technologies.
Few areas are as centrally located with easy access to international airports, an Amtrak hub and the Port of Wilmington. And, with I-95 running right through the city, Wilmingtonians can easily make a lunch meeting in New York or Washington, D.C. and still be home for dinner and a show with friends at The Queen, the Theater N arthouse cinema, the landmark Grand Opera House, or The Playhouse on Rodney Square in the iconic 5-star Hotel duPont.
Dinner in Wilmington pleases every palate from an authentic pasta dish in Little Italy, to fresh Delaware seafood specialties, to upscale healthy, casual food at the many bistros, cafes and brewpubs putting Wilmington on the map as a top destination for food lovers and innovative chefs alike. Wilmington even has its mark on the Flavortown map with several of its hotspots recently featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Love sports? Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium is home to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a minor league affiliate of Kansas City Royals. And its Chase Fieldhouse, a 2,500-seat multi-purpose arena and sports complex, is where the Delaware Blue Coats, a Philadelphia 76ers affiliate, wow the crowds. Philadelphia is so close that the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Eagles are considered Wilmington’s home teams!
Each year, Wilmington hosts the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, The People’s Festival tribute to Delaware’s own reggae master Bob Marley, community-spirited Italian, Greek and Hispanic festivals, and the perennial favorite Flower Market and Brandywine Arts Festival. And while there is always something happening within the city limits, even more culture, history, arts and recreation are easy day outings from Wilmington — from the Versailles-like formal gardens of the Nemours Estate to internationally acclaimed Longwood Gardens and Delaware’s beautiful beaches on the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.
A low cost of living with high wages, low property taxes and no state sales tax make Wilmington, Delaware one of the most affordable places to live on the East Coast. But it’s the big city amenities, small-town feel, desirable location in the heart of the scenic Brandywine Valley and the neighborliness of its people that make Wilmington the perfect place to live, work and play.