Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington (Lenape: Paxahakink / Pakehakink)[5] is the largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It lies at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area (aka the Philadelphia metropolitan area). Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister during the reign of George II of Great Britain.

Wilmington, Delaware
City of Wilmington
Downtown Wilmington and the Christina River
Etymology: Named after Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington
Nickname(s): 
Corporate Capital of the World, Chemical Capital of the World
Motto: 
In the middle of it all[1]
Location within New Castle County
Wilmington
Location within Delaware
Wilmington
Location within the United States
Wilmington
Wilmington (North America)
Coordinates: 39°44′45″N 75°32′48″W
Country United States
State Delaware
CountyNew Castle
FoundedMarch 1638
Incorporated1731
Borough Charter1739
City CharterMarch 7, 1832
Named forSpencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington
Government
  TypeCouncil-mayor
  MayorMike Purzycki (D)
Area
  City17.19 sq mi (44.52 km2)
  Land10.89 sq mi (28.22 km2)
  Water6.29 sq mi (16.30 km2)
Elevation
92 ft (28 m)
Population
 (2020)
  City70,898
  RankUS: 483rd
  Density6,507.39/sq mi (2,512.48/km2)
  Metro
6,069,875 (US: 8th)[3]
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
19801-19810, 19850, 19880, 19884-19886, 19890-19899
Area code302
FIPS code10-77580
GNIS feature ID214862[4]
Websitewilmingtonde.gov

At the 2020 census, the city's population was 70,898.[6] The Wilmington Metropolitan Division, comprising New Castle County, Delaware, Cecil County, Maryland and Salem County, New Jersey, had an estimated 2016 population of 719,887.[7] Wilmington is part of the Delaware Valley metropolitan statistical area, which also includes Philadelphia, Reading, Camden, and other urban areas, which had a 2020 population of 6,228,601, representing the seventh largest metropolitan region in the nation.[8]


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