Thursday, May 8, 2008

Retirement in Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Beginning in the 1990s, the city launched a campaign to revitalize the former shipyard area known as the Wilmington Riverfront. Development continues as the Wilmington Riverfront tries to establish its cultural, economical, and residential importance. Recent high-rise luxury apartment buildings along the Christina River have been cited as evidence of the Riverfront's continued revival.

Population: the population of the city is 72,876 (as of the 2006 census)

Transportation: Wilmington is served by the Wilmington Rail Station, with frequent service between Boston, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC, via Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, with additional local service to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via SEPTA Regional (commuter) Rail. The closest major airport is Philadelphia International Airport. A few miles south of Wilmington is New Castle County Airport.

Universities and Colleges: Universities and Colleges
Delaware College of Art and Design
Delaware Technical & Community College
Drexel University - Wilmington Campus
Springfield College - Wilmington Campus
University of Delaware - Wilmington Campus & Downtown Building
Widener University - Wilmington Campus, Widener University School of Law & University College
Wilmington University
Delaware State University - Wilmington Campus
Goldey-Beacom College

Health Care: Christiana Care Health System
13 Reads Way, Ste. 203, New Castle, 19720 (Click for Map)
Phone: 302-733-1000
Christiana Care is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women's health services, as well as Level-I trauma care and Level-III neonatal intensive care (both highest intensity). Christiana Care operates two hospitals: long-term and transitional care services and outpatient and home health services. Christiana Care provided $25.2 million of charity care last year.

Housing Costs: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $141,600 (it was $89,100 in 2000)
Median gross rent in 2005: $736.Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2005: 23.8%

Weather: The climate in the Greater Wilmington area is moderate. The average temperature in the summer is 76 F (24 C) and 33 F (1 C) in winter. Snowfall is moderate and is most likely to occur in January-February-March. Our annual rainfall is approximately 45 inches

Retirement Communities: Sunrise of Wilmington - , Ingleside Retirement Apartments -