2009: 70,851, #1 in Delaware

1950: 110,356, #95 in U.S.

Wilmington is in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The Wilmington area, along the Christina River, was first settled in 1638. Today the Wilmington Riverfront, in an old shipyard area, has parks and a Riverwalk. Six blocks of Market Street were turned into a pedestrian mall in the 1970s, but the street was reopened to traffic in the late 1980s.


Tallest building: 1201 N. Market St. (1988), 360 feet

List of tallest buildings


Wilmington has no downtown department stores.


Wilmington is on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, with frequent trains from the old Pennsylvania Station (1908) north to Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, and south to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Other Amtrak trains include the Silver Star and Silver Meteor to Florida, Palmetto to Savannah (Ga.), Carolinian to Charlotte, Crescent to Atlanta and New Orleans, and Cardinal to Cincinnati and Chicago.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has commuter trains from Wilmington to Philadelphia.

Wilmington and Christina River


The Delaware History Museum is located downtown.


The Theater N at Nemours shows independent films in downtown Wilmington. The Grand Opera House (1871) was a movie theater for many years, and is now a performing arts center, hosting the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Opera Delaware.

The Playhouse on Rodney Square (former DuPont Theatre, 1913) has touring Broadway shows and other events. Delaware Theatre Company and the City Theater Company are on the waterfront in the downtown area.


The Wilmington Blue Rocks, Single-A Carolina League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, play at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium (1993) on the waterfront.

Map of Downtown Wilmington

Convention and Visitors Bureau