ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 10 Micro-Cities in North America - Wilmington, Delaware

Updated on April 27, 2016
Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Ms. Inglish has 30 years of success in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.


Historic City

Wilmington, Delaware was founded at the Swedish colony of Fort Christina in the colony in 1638, long before the Revolutionary War. It is located southwest of Philadelphia.

Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware:
Wilmington, DE, USA

get directions

Lenape Paxahakink

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.

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 officlally "Wilmington" as a burough 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.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Coach made by local manufacturer Jackson & Sharp.
Coach made by local manufacturer Jackson & Sharp.
Coach made by local manufacturer Jackson & Sharp. | Source

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.

Steamboat built in Wilmington.
Steamboat built in Wilmington. | Source

First State National Park, Founded 2013

First State National Park HQ:
First State National Historical Park, 211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720, USA

get directions

A Park Of 1,000 Acres

This national park extends the entire length of the State of Delaware, covering parts of all three counties, including federal, state, and municipal lands.

  • The Delaware Art Museum features the Brandywine School of art style, named for a nearby creek.

Brandywine Creek Area

Brandywine Creek, Delaware:
Brandywine Creek, Wilmington, DE, USA

get directions

History Around Wilmington

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Local 19th Century Railroad Car.Wilmington Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse. [photos public domain]
Local 19th Century Railroad Car.
Local 19th Century Railroad Car.
Wilmington Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse. [photos public domain]
Wilmington Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse. [photos public domain]

Obama Administration Stimulus Projects 2009 - 2012

With 17,000 jobs already advertised in Wilmington in June 2009, the fastest growing industries and career fields in the micro-city area grew from 2009 - 2016 in

  1. Healthcare,
  2. Tourism,
  3. Sales,
  4. Accounting, and
  5. Information Technology (IT).

Stimulus Package projects added incentives for these businesses to grow faster and in greater numbers. At the same time, the city plans to cut costs by eliminating some employee recognition awards, the costly SafeLight red-light camera surveillance and ticketing system, and some high energy costs. The red-light system was also eliminated from Ohio, exposing corruption in the company selling the system.

Stop Light Cameras Had To Go


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.

Top 10 Jobs to Increase by 2016

The fastest-growing occupations in New Castle County and the Delaware Valley are are concentrated in Healthcare and Information Technology (IT)

  1. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
  2. Database Administrators
  3. Computer Software Applications Engineers
  4. Network and Systems Administrators
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  6. Pharmacy Technicians
  7. Medical Assistants
  8. Physical Therapist Assistants
  9. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Vocational Nurses (LVNs)
  10. 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

  1. Christiana Healthcare System - Health
  2. PFPC Mutual Funds - Finance
  3. Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals - Health/Chemicals
  4. Delaware Park Racetrack - Horse Racing
  5. Port of Wilmington - Transportation
  6. St. Francis Rehabilitation Center - Health
  7. Delaware Park Management Co. - Racing park management
  8. E I Du Pont De Nemours & Co - Chemicals
  9. St. Francis Hospital - Health
  10. 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

As the graph above shows, the IT job market fluctuated severely over the last few years from 2006 - 2008, but increased from 2010 - 2013. Jobs increased as well from 2014 - 2016.

See the leading listed job titles below:

IT Jobs in Wilmington DE

  1. Java Developer
  2. Technical Architect
  3. VXML Application Developer
  4. Information Security Analyst
  5. User Experience Design Leads
  6. UNIX Administrator
  7. Cobol Developer/System Analysts
  8. User Experience Design Lead
  9. Sybase DBA
  10. Infrastructure Project Manager

Louis XIV Architecture.[University of Delaware Library at Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic]
Louis XIV Architecture.[University of Delaware Library at Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic]

Top 10 Job Listings

The largest job numbers are concentrated in three areas: Healthcare, Sales, and Accounting.

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Registered Nurses (RN) - Home Health Positions
  4. Assistant Managers - Retail, Food, etc.
  5. Sales Managers
  6. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  7. Senior Accountants
  8. Retail Salespersons
  9. Staff Accountants
  10. Patient Services Technician Specialists

Leading Company Job Listers

  1. Critical Connection - Health
  2. Bayada Nurses
  3. Randstad - Placement Services
  4. Genesis HealthCare
  5. Liberty Personnel Services, Inc.
  6. Medical Connections Inc.
  7. Kforce Professional Staffing
  8. Ajilon Professional Staffing
  9. Traveling Health Professionals - Higher paid positions with additional benefits and perks.
  10. RemX IT- Information Technology, JPMorgan Chase - Banking & Financial Products, Comcast - Communications Technology (3-way tie)

Wilmington Higher Education

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.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • cjcarter profile image


      9 years ago

      Wonderful! I just moved about 15 minutes from Wilmington, and I'm job searching! This helps a lot.

    • profile image

      Derek Panson 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the post. The economy is struggling so bad this can really help some people out.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      How about that!

    • lxxy profile image


      10 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Hey, any state that birthed Coors beer is good by me!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)