The Wilmington City Council saw a presentation at their Oct. 15 meeting that shows Wilmington’s growth since the mid 1800s and gives highlights of our city's geographic, demographic and socioeconomic data. The presentation was accompanied by an in-depth report available here
According to the report, the largest segment of Wilmington's population are Millennials (15-30) who want to live in smaller, more urban spaces, followed closely by Baby Boomers (45-65). The Baby Boomer population has been steadily increasing and Wilmington's 65+ population is expected to increase by 108% between 2010 and 2040, illustrating a need for more aging in place resources.
In addition, although the city’s population is expected to increase by more than 50 percent over the next 25 years from 109,000 to 166,000, there are only 3,700 buildable acres left within city limits.
The city will use findings from the report and citizen input to develop a long-term growth plan. Visit createwilmington.com
to see a list of upcoming meetings and to get more information about the plan.