Top 10 Micro-Cities in North America - Wilmington, Delaware
Economic History and Technological Future
Wilmington is conveniently located among high-powered business and political centers in the Northeastern USA between New York City and Washington DC, but nearest to Philadelphia. Its setting is the Brandywine Valley of Delaware State.
From an early Eastern Native American land flowing with rivers and wildlife, Wilmington emerged to become one of the great North American hopes for technology, business, green spaces, and culture in the 21st Century..
This micro-city was originally settled by the Swedish in the early 1600s, joined later by the Dutch and British, then groups of Quakers. It became officially "Wilmington" as a borough under English rule in 1739 and a city in 1832. Various milling industries became the largest source of economy in the city. Already accessible via water and road transport, the city gained railroad accessibility in the late 1837s to boost local economies.
What Is a Micro-City?
A micro city avoids some of the bureaucracies of city governments. For an additional explanation of micro-cities and their operation, please see Top 10 Micro-Cities in North America.
Wilmington, Delaware was founded at the Swedish colony of Fort Christina in the colony in 1638, long before the Revolutionary War.
Wilmington, named after an earl in Great Britain, was called "Paxahakink" by the local Lenape Nation indigenous group. Delaware, named after the Lenape Delaware group. was the first state to ratify the US Constitution, in 1787.
During the American Civil War, industries in the city provided good and materials for the war effort to the Union Army and Federal Government. Wilmington became the leading manufacturer of iron ships in the nation.
After the war, the city developed new business properties and residential sites, along with a system of streetcars pulled by horses. This was one of the first "bus" or "streetcar" systems in America.
City parks and additional parks at the end of the streetcar lines were established and maintained. New residents moved into the city and between the Civil War and the Roaring Twenties, the population increased over five fold. The population declined somewhat from over 100,000 during the first half of the 20th Century to 71,255 in 2013.
Never having descended into urban blight, the Wilmington stayed the course of continuous development. In the 21st Century, it governs 10 separate Historical Districts in which it monitors and maintains its traditional architectures. These are quite interesting to tourists that appreciate architecture and National Historical Places. Residential and business areas are also well maintained and improved regularly.
First State National Park, Founded 2013
A Park of 1,000 Acres: This park extends the entire length of the State of Delaware, including federal, state, and municipal lands.
- Fort Christina - Wilmington, Delaware
- Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River
Located on the scenic Delaware River, Fort Mifflin is the site of the largest bombardment the North American continent has ever witnessed. In 1777, during the Revolution, a valiant five-week battle took place when the British Navy attacked.
- Historic Sugartown
- Pennsville Township Historical Society
Our objective is to collect, preserve and display articles of historical worth and interest to the residents of our township and to provide educational and cultural programs pertaining to Pennsville Area of NJ/Delaware.
- The Delaware Art Museum features the Brandywine School of art style, named for a nearby creek.
Brandywine Creek Area
History Around WilmingtonClick thumbnail to view full-size
Top 10 Jobs for the 2020s
The fastest-growing occupations in New Castle County and the Delaware Valley are are concentrated in Healthcare and Information Technology (IT):
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
- Database Administrators
- Computer Software Applications Engineers
- Network and Systems Administrators
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Medical Assistants
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Vocational Nurses (LVNs)
- Veterinary Techs
This list of jobs includes many of those that center on advancing technologies in data, communications, and health & medical fields. Their growth lends to Wilmington's importance as a top city for the 21st Century. It is a city that is likely to grow in economy and population, because it offers cutting edge advances in healthcare throughout the lifespan, a variety of quality residential options for all ages, new jobs and emerging career fields, top notch education, and proximity to large cultural, business and political centers in the Northeastern US.
Largest Employers In and Near Wilmington
- Christiana Healthcare System - Health
- PFPC Mutual Funds - Finance
- Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals - Health/Chemicals
- Delaware Park Racetrack - Horse Racing
- Port of Wilmington - Transportation
- St. Francis Rehabilitation Center - Health
- Delaware Park Management Co. - Racing park management
- E I Du Pont De Nemours & Co - Chemicals
- St. Francis Hospital - Health
- A. I. Du Pont Children's Hospital - Health
Wilmington is also a financial hub that supports several large insurance companies, brokerage houses, and banks. The credit card industry has flourished here in the past.
Increase in IT Positions
The IT job market fluctuated severely over the last few years from 2006 - 2008, but increased from 2010 - 2013, and again from 2014 - 2016.
High Demand IT Jobs in Wilmington DE
- Java Developer
- Technical Architect
- VXML Application Developer
- Information Security Analyst
- User Experience Design Leads
- UNIX Administrator
- Cobol Developer/System Analysts
- User Experience Design Lead
- Sybase DBA
- Infrastructure Project Manager
Top 10 Job Listings
The largest job numbers are concentrated in three areas: Healthcare, Sales, and Accounting.
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Registered Nurses (RN) - Home Health Positions
- Assistant Managers - Retail, Food, etc.
- Sales Managers
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
- Senior Accountants
- Retail Salespersons
- Staff Accountants
- Patient Services Technician Specialists
Leading Company Job Listers
- Critical Connection - Health
- Bayada Nurses
- Randstad - Placement Services
- Genesis HealthCare
- Liberty Personnel Services, Inc.
- Medical Connections Inc.
- Kforce Professional Staffing
- Ajilon Professional Staffing
- TravelRehab.com Traveling Health Professionals - Higher paid positions with additional benefits and perks.
- RemX IT- Information Technology, JPMorgan Chase - Banking & Financial Products, Comcast - Communications Technology (3-way tie)
Wilmington Higher Education
- Brandywine College of Widener University & Widener School of Law
- Delaware Technical & Community College
- Delaware College-Art & Design
- Goldey-Beacom College; 4701 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
- Springfield College School of Human Services
- University of Delaware- A large complex of 7 colleges, including a range of Healthcare and IT related degree programs, as well as dozens of specialized, interdisciplinary programs, like Quantitative Biology and Medical Humanities.
- University of Phoenix
- Wilmington University: One particularly good aspect of this fairly new university (40 years old in 2009) is that it offers an Accelerated RN to BSN Degree Program, allowing Registered Nursing students to complete a bachelor's degree for greater job advancement opportunities faster. The RN is projected to be in even shorter supply through 2020 than he or she is at the present time and the RN is projected to be one of the Top 10 Jobs for fast growth in the Wilmington area. The tradition RN to BSN range of Nursing Degrees are also offered, The Hispanic Cultural Certificate for Nurses is another certification program that aids nurses i establishing effective cultural competency at work. Health technology, Web Security and other IT related degree programs are successful and growing with the success of the micro-city.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Patty Inglish MS