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Wilmington Real Estate

Wilmington is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. Wilmington is built on the site of Fort Christina and the settlement Kristinehamn, the first Swedish settlement in North America. The city sits at the confluence of the Christina River and the Delaware River, about 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Philadelphia. Wilmington lies along the Fall Line geological transition from the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont Plateau to the Atlantic Coastal Plain. East of Market Street, and along both sides of the Christina River, the Coastal Plain land is flat, low-lying, and in places marshy. The Delaware River here is an estuary at sea level (with twice-daily high and low tides), providing sea-level access for ocean-going ships.

Wilmington has a warm temperate climate or humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers, cool to cold winters, and precipitation evenly spread throughout the year.

The City of Wilmington designates nine areas as historic districts: the Baynard Boulevard, Kentmere Parkway, Rockford Park, Cool Spring/Tilton Park, the tri-part sections of the Eastside, St. Marys and Old Swedes Church, Quaker Hill, Delaware Avenue, Trinity Vicinity, and Upper/Lower Market Street.

Wilmington has consistently ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States, along with several other cities in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area, such as Camden, Chester, Trenton, and Atlantic City. The Wilmington Police Department (WPD), which aims to “raise the level of public safety through law enforcement and thereby reduce the fear and incidence of crime”, is authorized to deploy up to 289 officers in motor vehicles, on foot, and on bicycle. Its operations are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Wilmington has many museums, galleries, and gardens to enjoy, as well as many ethnic festivals and other events throughout the year. Also, Wilmington has an active and diverse ethnic population, which contributes to several ethnic festivals held every spring and summer in Wilmington, the most popular of which is the Italian Festival. They also have Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. It is a week-long outdoor music festival held each summer in Wilmington’s Rodney Square.