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Wilmington North Carolina City Profile
Wilmington was incorporated in 1739, but had been settled throughout the 1600s sporadically, and populated by English settlers in the 1720s. The city's port was a major resource for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Today, Wilmington is a popular spot for filming television and films, and was the shooting location for Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill, among many others.
Featuring its historic downtown area as a popular shopping area, hotel and restaurant concentration, and historical attraction for tourists, Wilmington boasts the rare geological characteristic of sitting in the narrow area between a river and the Atlantic Ocean. Famous Wilmington natives include Charlie Daniels, Sugar Ray Leonard, and the Harlem Globetrotters' Meadowlark Lemon. Basketball great Michael Jordan lived in Wilmington as a child.
Wilmington North Carolina Facts at a Glance:
- Population of Wilmington (as of the 2000 census) is 75,838, while the population of the entire metro Wilmington area is about 233,500
- With the 139th largest market in the US, Wilmington has over a half dozen local television stations and two regular newspapers.
- Wilmington is home to a large Atlantic seaport.
- Area: About 42 square miles.
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