|Wilmington, North Carolina|
Wilmington as seen from the USS North Carolina
|Nickname: Port City|
Location of Wilmington
|Incorporated||December 31, 1739|
|- Mayor||Bill Saffo|
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|- Land||41. Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 0 sq mi (106. 2 km²)|
|- Water||0. 5 sq mi (1. 2 km²)|
|Elevation||30 ft (9 m)|
|- Density||1,966/sq mi (714. The elevation of a Geographic location is its height above a fixed reference point often the mean sea level. A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 2/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|- Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1023269|
|Sister cities||Dandong, China|
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Wilmington was settled on the Cape Fear River and offers its historic downtown with its one mile long Riverwalk as a main tourist attraction. The Cape Fear River is a long Blackwater river in east central North Carolina in the United States. It is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington, North Carolina one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is an American member-supported organization that was founded in 1949 by Congressional charter to support preservation City residents have the advantage of living nestled between the river and the ocean with Wrightsville Beach a short 20 minute drive from downtown. Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States.
Wilmington is also known as the childhood home of basketball great Michael Jordan and journalist David Brinkley; famous Wilmington natives include Robert Ruark, Sonny Jurgenson, Charles Kuralt, Charlie Daniels, Roman Gabriel, Meadowlark Lemon, Trot Nixon, Alge Crumpler and Hilarie Burton. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963 is a retired American professional Basketball player and active businessman A journalist (also called a newspaperman) is a person who practices Journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events trends David McClure Brinkley ( July 10 1920 &ndash June 11 2003) was an American Newscaster for NBC, and Robert Ruark (born December 29, 1915 in Wilmington North Carolina &ndashdied July 1, 1965 in London England) was an Christian Adolph "Sonny" Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934) is a former American football Quarterback in the National Football Charles Kuralt ( 10 September 1934 &ndash 4 July 1997) was an award-winning American journalist Charlie Daniels (born October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American musician famous for his contributions to Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr (born August 5, 1940 in Wilmington North Carolina) is a former American football player George "Meadowlark" Lemon (born April 25, 1932) is an American Basketball player and actor Christopher Trotman "Trot" Nixon (born April 11, 1974 in) is a Major League Baseball Outfielder for the New York Mets Algernon Darius "Alge" Crumpler (al-JEE (born December 23, 1977) is an American football Tight end for the Tennessee Titans Hilarie Ross Prange (née Burton; born July 1, 1982) is an American actress It is also home to the WWII Battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55). Construction and shakedown She was laid down 27 October 1937 at the New York Naval Shipyard and launched on 13 June 1940 sponsored by Isabel Hoey (daughter Now a war memorial, the ship is open to public tours and is on display across from the downtown port area. The town is home to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the Wilmington Hammerheads USL soccer team, the training camp site for the Charlotte Bobcats and the Cape Fear Museum. The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public University located in Wilmington North Carolina. Wilmington Hammerheads is an American professional Soccer team founded in 1996 The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional Basketball team based in Charlotte North Carolina. The city has become a major center of American film and television production; motion pictures such as Blue Velvet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Empire Records, Cape Fear, Black Knight, 28 Days, and The Crow, as well as television shows such as Matlock, The WB's Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill have been produced there. Blue Velvet is a 1986 American Mystery film, written and directed by David Lynch, that exhibits elements of both Film noir Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the 1990 Live-action film based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise Empire Records is a 1995 Comedy-drama about a group of Record store Employees The film was directed by Allan Moyle Cape Fear is a 1991 thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. Black Knight ( 2001) is a Comedy Film starring Martin Lawrence. 28 Days is a 2000 Drama film starring Sandra Bullock. Sandra Bullock plays Gwen Cummings a newspaper columnist obliged to The Crow is a 1994 American feature film adaptation of the 1989 comic book of the same name by James O'Barr. Dawson's Creek was an American Primetime Television Drama which initially aired from January 20, 1998 One Tree Hill is a teen television drama created by Mark Schwahn that premiered on September 23 2003 on The WB Television Network.
Wilmington is located at (34. 223232, -77. 912122).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 5 square miles (107. The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 4 km²). Square Kilometre ( US spelling square kilometer) symbol km2, is a decimal multiple of the SI unit of 41. 0 square miles (106. 2 km²) of it is land and 0. 5 square miles (1. 2 km²) of it (1. 16%) is water.
Wilmington has a humid subtropical climate. Humid subtropical climate ( Köppen Cfa or Cwa) is a climate zone characterized by hot humid summers and chilly to mild winters
|Weather averages for Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Record high °F (°C)||82 (28)||85 (29)||89 (32)||95 (35)||98 (37)||104 (40)||102 (39)||103 (39)||98 (37)||95 (35)||87 (31)||82 (28)||104 (40)|
|Average high °F (°C)||56 (13)||60 (16)||66 (19)||74 (23)||81 (27)||86 (30)||90 (32)||88 (31)||84 (29)||76 (24)||68 (20)||60 (16)||74 (23)|
|Average low °F (°C)||36 (2)||38 (3)||44 (7)||51 (11)||60 (16)||68 (20)||72 (22)||71 (22)||66 (19)||54 (12)||45 (7)||38 (3)||54 (12)|
|Record low °F (°C)||5 (-15)||10 (-12)||9 (-13)||30 (-1)||35 (2)||48 (9)||55 (13)||55 (13)||44 (7)||27 (-3)||16 (-9)||0 (-18)||0 (-18)|
|Precipitation inches (cm)||4. In Meteorology, precipitation (also known as one class of hydrometeors, which are atmospheric water phenomena is any product of the condensation of atmospheric 5 (11. 5)||3. 7 (9. 3)||4. 2 (10. 7)||2. 9 (7. 5)||4. 4 (11. 2)||5. 4 (13. 6)||7. 6 (19. 4)||7. 3 (18. 6)||6. 8 (17. 2)||3. 2 (8. 2)||3. 3 (8. 3)||3. 8 (9. 6)||57. 1 (145)|
|Source: weather. com Aug 2007|
Although there had been attempts to settle the Cape Fear region in the 1600s, the first permanent English settlers established themselves in the area in the 1720s. The town of Wilmington was incorporated in 1739. Year 1739 ( MDCCXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a A number of the first settlers of the region came from South Carolina and Barbados. Barbados ( Portuguese word for bearded-ones, bɑrˈbeɪdoʊz -dɒs situated just east of the Caribbean Sea, is an independent Island nation Slavery came early to the region, as landowners used slave labor to exploit the region's natural resources. The forest provided the region's major industries through the 18th and most of the 19th century: naval stores and lumber fueled the economy both before and after the American Revolution. Naval Stores is a broad term which originally applied to the Resin -based components used in building and maintaining wooden Sailing ships a category which includes However the most significant event in Wilmington's history is the Coup D'État and Massacre of 1898 (see below).
During the Civil War the port was a major base for Confederate blockade runners. Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South It was captured by Union forces only in February of 1865, approximately one month after the fall of Fort Fisher had closed the port. Year 1865 ( MDCCCLXV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. Since almost all the action was some distance from the city itself, a number of Antebellum homes and other buildings are still extant.
In November 1898 Wilmington was the scene of a violent attack by a well-organized group of whites who destroyed the printing press of the African American newspaper The Daily Record and set fire to the building in response to an editorial that "insulted white womanhood", which was credited to editor Alex Manly. The Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, also known as the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898, occurred in Wilmington North Carolina and is considered a turning point in African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa Alexander (or Alex) Manly (1866-1944 was an African-American newspaper editor in North Carolina in the late 19th century The mob then went to the north side of town, where an unknown number of African Americans were murdered by lynching and many hundreds more were run out of town. Lynching is an Extrajudicial punishment meted out by a mob Lynching an enumerated Felony in some states in the United States, is defined by some No whites were killed during the incident.
At the same time, the Republican mayor and city council were forced to resign their offices and the leader of the white mob was then installed as mayor, these events precisely fitting the definition of a coup d'état. The events in Wilmington—which was the largest city in the state at the time—helped make North Carolina into a Democratic Party-controlled state. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. They also helped institute Jim Crow and disenfranchisement which lasted until the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Disenfranchisement or disfranchisement is the revocation of the right of Suffrage (the right to vote to a person or group of people or rendering a person's vote The American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968 refers to the reform movements in the United States aimed at abolishing racial discrimination against African
In 2006 the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission completed its official report on the event. Consisting of thirteen commissioners appointed by the legislature, the governor, mayor and city council of Wilmington, the commission was assisted by the staff of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. They used the experience of the Rosewood Report (completed 1993), and the Tulsa Report (completed 2001) as a model and set out to provide detailed explanations for the causes and effects of the riots and to propose a series of recommendations to address the wrongs perpetrated by earlier generations. Rosewood was a small community of nearly 350 people mostly black in Levy County in central Florida, USA. The Tulsa race riot, also known as the 1921 race riot, The night that Tulsa died, the Tulsa Race War, or the Greenwood riot, was a massacre The resolution also apologized to those affected by the riots and their repercussions and renounces these actions.
As of the census of 2005, there were 96,354 people, 40,649 households, and 19,398 families residing in the city; according to census bureau estimates, the 2004 population is 93,292. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The population density was 1,849. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 8 people per square mile (714. 2/km²). There were 38,678 housing units at an average density of 943. 4/sq mi (364. 2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70. 57% White, 25. 82% African American, 0. 35% Native American, 0. 90% Asian, 0. 09% Pacific Islander, 1. 14% from other races, and 1. 13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2. 63% of the population.
There were 34,359 households out of which 20. 4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33. 5% were married couples living together, 14. NOTICE TO WOULD-BE ROMEOS ************** 0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49. 5% were non-families. 36. 6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11. 3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 10 and the average family size was 2. 77.
In the city the population was spread out with 18. 4% under the age of 18, 17. 2% from 18 to 24, 28. 5% from 25 to 44, 20. 6% from 45 to 64, and 15. 3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 87. 5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85. 0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,099, and the median income for a family was $41,891. Males had a median income of $30,803 versus $23,423 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,503. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country About 13. 3% of families and 19. 6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country 9% of those under age 18 and 12. 0% of those age 65 or over.
Wilmington experienced staggering growth in the 1990s, ranking at one point as the second fastest growing city in the country, behind only Las Vegas. Economists have forecasted growth in the Greater Wilmington area to be the fastest in the state between 2004-2010, averaging 7%. Policom, an independent economic research firm that specializes in analyzing local and state economies, has ranked Wilmington as the 41st strongest economy in the United States, and delivered an "A" rating for economic outlook.
Located on the Cape Fear River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington is a sizable seaport, including private marine terminals and the North Carolina State Ports Authority's Port of Wilmington. The Cape Fear River is a long Blackwater river in east central North Carolina in the United States. ||-||-|-||-||-||-||-||-||-|} A port is a facility for receiving Ships and transferring cargo The North Carolina State Ports Authority is an authority set up by the state of North Carolina to develop and operate Seaports in Wilmington and Morehead A major international seaport, the North Carolina International Port is being planned down the river in Southport. The North Carolina International Port is a proposed Seaport that will be located north of Southport North Carolina; it is scheduled to be completed between 2014 Southport is a city in Brunswick County North Carolina, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.
The Star-News is Wilmington's daily newspaper, owned by the New York Times, and is read widely throughout the Lower Cape Fear region. New Hanover County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. Cellco Partnership, Doing business as Verizon Wireless, owns and operates the second largest Wireless Telecommunications network in the The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public University located in Wilmington North Carolina. Corning Incorporated ( is an American manufacturer of Glass, Ceramics and related materials primarily for industrial and scientific applications Star-News is the Daily newspaper for Wilmington North Carolina, and its surrounding area (known as the Lower Cape Fear) Two historic African-American newspapers are distributed and published weekly -- The Wilmington Journal and The Challenger Newspapers. African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa Encore Magazine is a weekly arts and entertainment publication.
The Wilmington television market is ranked 136 in the United States, and is the smallest DMA in North Carolina. A media market, broadcast market, media region, designated market area, DMA or simply market is a region where the Population The broadcast stations are as follows:
The region is also served by a cable-only affiliate of The CW, Channel 29 on Time Warner Cable and Channel 17 on Charter Cable. WWAY, channel 3 is an ABC -affiliated television station in Wilmington North Carolina, owned by Morris Multimedia. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. WECT is the NBC -affiliated Television station in Wilmington North Carolina. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. WSFX-TV is the Fox -affiliated Television station in Wilmington North Carolina. UNC-TV is a statewide Public television network in the US state of North Carolina. The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the UNC-TV is a statewide Public television network in the US state of North Carolina. W47CK (branded as "WMYW") channel 47 is a television station in Wilmington North Carolina serving as the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate MyNetworkTV (unofficially abbreviated MyNet or MNT) is a Television network in the United States, owned by the Fox Broadcasting Company The Trinity Broadcasting Network ( TBN) is a Christian television network headquartered in Costa Mesa California with studios in Irving Texas The CW Television Network ( The CW) is a Television network in the United States launched at the beginning of the 2006-2007 television season. Time Warner Cable ( (formerly Warner Cable Communications) is an American national cable television company that operates in 27 states and has 31 operating divisions Charter Communications is an American company providing Cable television, High-speed Internet, and telephone services to more than 5
On September 8, 2008, WWAY, WECT, WSFX, WILM-LP and W51CW will all turn off their analog signals, making Wilmington the first market in the nation to go digital-only as part of a test by the FCC to iron out transition and reception concerns before the nationwide shutoff, and because the area's digital channel positions will remain unchanged after the transition . WUNJ will not participate and will keep their analog signal on until the national digital switchover date of February 17, 2009, as they are the official area conduit of emergency information in the area. W47CK will not particpate due to their low-power status; FCC rules currently exempts low-powered stations from the 2009 analog shutdown.  WILM-LP and W51CW has chosen to participate, even though they are exempt as LPTV stations.
The city supports a very active calender with its showcase theater, the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, hosting about 250 events annually. WAAV (980 AM) is a Radio station broadcasting a News/Talk format WLSG (1340 AM) is a Radio station broadcasting a Religious format The complex has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1858 and houses three performance venues, the Main Stage, the Grand Ballroom, and the Studio Theater.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington College of Arts and Science Departments of Theatre, Music and Art share a state-of-the-art, $34 million Cultural Arts Building which opened in December 2006. The production area consists of a music recital hall, art gallery, and two theatres. Sponsored events include 4 theater productions a year.
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra was established in 1971 and offers throughout the year a series of five classical performances, and a Free Family Concert.
Local stages include:
Wilmington is also home to numerous music festivals.
|Wilmington Sharks||CPL, Baseball||Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium||1997||2|
|Wilmington Sea Dawgs||PBL, Basketball||Joe and Barbara Schwartz Center||2006||0|
|Wilmington Hammerheads||USL, Soccer||Legion Stadium||1996||1|
The Wilmington Sharks are a Coastal Plain League (CPL) baseball team in Wilmington that was founded in 1997 and was among the charter organizations when the CPL was formed that same year. Port City Roosters Alumni Tom Mastny ( 2002) pitcher Cleveland Indians ( 2006 -present The Coastal Plain League (CPL is a collegiate summer league, featuring college players from throughout the nation The Wilmington Sea Dawgs are a team of the Premier Basketball League that began play in 2006 as a member of the American Basketball Association in Wilmington North The Premier Basketball League ( PBL) is a professional Basketball league that began play in January 2008 The Joe and Barbara Schwartz Center is a multi-purpose arena on the campus of Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington North Carolina. Wilmington Hammerheads is an American professional Soccer team founded in 1996 History In 1995 the USISL split into two leagues one professional and one amateur Legion Stadium is the main stadium on the Legion Sports Complex. Port City Roosters Alumni Tom Mastny ( 2002) pitcher Cleveland Indians ( 2006 -present The Coastal Plain League (CPL is a collegiate summer league, featuring college players from throughout the nation The roster is made up of top collegiate baseball players fine-tuning their skills using wood bats to prepare for professional baseball. Their stadium is located at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.
The Wilmington Sea Dawgs are a Premier Basketball League (PBL) team in Wilmington that began its inaugural season with the American Basketball Association (ABA) in November 2006. The Wilmington Sea Dawgs are a team of the Premier Basketball League that began play in 2006 as a member of the American Basketball Association in Wilmington North The Premier Basketball League ( PBL) is a professional Basketball league that began play in January 2008
The Wilmington Hammerheads are a professional soccer team based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington Hammerheads is an American professional Soccer team founded in 1996 They were founded in 1996 and currently play in the United Soccer Leagues Second Division. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) The United Soccer Leagues ( USL) is the parent organization for the men's lower division leagues of US and Canadian soccer USL First Division (second division Their stadium is the Legion Stadium. Legion Stadium is the main stadium on the Legion Sports Complex.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington sponsors 19 intercollegiate sports and has held Division 1 membership in the NCAA since 1977. The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public University located in Wilmington North Carolina. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA, often pronounced "N-C-Double-A" is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions conferences organizations UNCW competes in the Colonial Athletic Association and has been a member since 1984. The Colonial Athletic Association, also known as the CAA, is a NCAA Division I college athletic conference whose members are located in East
The Cape Fear Rugby Football Club is an amateur rugby club playing in USA Rugby South Division II. They were founded in 1974 and hosts the annual Cape Fear Sevens Tournament held over the 4th of July weekend; hosting teams from all over the world. The Cape Fear Sevens is a North American Rugby sevens (the seven a side version of Rugby union) tournament They own their own rugby pitch located at 21st and Chestnut St. 
Wilmington is a sister city with the following cities:
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