Life

Wilmington is in the middle of it all! Located just 30-minutes from Philadelphia and midway between New York and Washington D.C., Wilmington offers fast and convenient access to major east coast cities. But the beauty of life in Wilmington is not the access it provides to major cities, but the fantastic amenities and friendly neighbors here at home. 

This is a warm community where people of all backgrounds and talents are welcome. In Wilmington, you can make a difference. Young professionals appreciate this opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the city, as do entrepreneurs and executives of major corporations. From participation in city-wide planning and initiatives to volunteerism and helping to plan festivals, events and neighborhood activities - there are opportunities for everyone to make an impact on the community.

From a financial perspective, living in Wilmington brings additional perks. The cost of living here is lower than the national average and of nearby cities. Lower housing costs, for example, make it easier for first time homebuyers to enter the housing market. When combined with good jobs, a beautiful city to live in, good school options, and access - Wilmington stands out as a top destination for those relocating from other east coast cities. 

Downtown Wilmington is quickly gaining a reputation as a destination city for innovative chefs and food lovers. Modern Italian bistro Bardea opened in 2018 and has already been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award. Torbert Street Social, a speakeasy cocktail bar in a historic brick building is another newcomer garnering attention, as is Deco - a contemporary food hall and launchpad for local chefs. Le Cavalier is another new restaurant on the scene that is opening in the historic Hotel Du Pont. The French brasserie is opening in the famed Green Room and will pull influences from Provence and North African cuisines.

Waterfront Parks & Entertainment

Wilmington’s waterfront along the Delaware River is a popular destination for taking a walk, grabbing a bite to eat, listening to concerts, visiting museums and galleries and enjoying all that this great city has to offer. The Riverfront Blues Festival is held here and attracts visitors from throughout the region. Rodney Square, in downtown Wilmington, also hosts Clifford Brown Jazz Festival - the largest, multi-day, free, outdoor music festival on the East Coast. Likewise Trolley Square attracts friendly get-togethers, bar hopping, and memorable socializing as Wilmington’s busiest bar scene, including live local music on the weekends. Additional downtown activities include beer gardens with cornhole and music, networking events and festivals.

For those who prefer to spend time surrounded by nature, downtown Wilmington offers that as well. As the largest urban park in Delaware, with 178 acres, Brandywine Park is a popular destination located in the heart of the city. Brandywine Park was added to the National Historic Register in 1976. The park includes inviting wooded trails, formal gardens, sculptures, a sports stadium and a zoo. Not to be forgotten are the many trails, picnic spots and cultural events held there. This is one of many parks that make Wilmington a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families. 

Historic Homes & Modern Condos

Those in search of a stunning historical home, modern condo or quiet neighborhood can find it in Wilmington. WIth such a wide variety of housing options to choose from, the city makes it possible to purchase a dream home in the heart of all the action - and at an affordable price. The median housing price in Wilmington costs just 55.4 percent of the national average.

Museums & Cultural Amenities 

The Delaware Art Museum, Christina Cultural Arts Center and the Queen Wilmington are just a few of the cultural treasures found within the city. Wilmington is an attractive tourist destination, in part, because of the city’s rich cultural heritage and the many ways in which to celebrate it. From sailing aboard the historic ship - the Kalmar Nyckel to watching a play produced by the Delaware Theater Company to exploring the British Pre-Raphaelite art, urban landscapes by John Sloan, and illustrations by Howard Pyle featured in the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington is the place to experience culture in a highly personal way.

Location

With close proximity to Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, and D.C., people living and working in Wilmington also have access to major arts and cultural attractions throughout the East Coast.