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Old 02-15-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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Technically it only has 70,000 or so in the city limits, but metro wise its bigger than any small city I can think of.

The downtown skyline screams mid size also
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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It feels closer to Richmond than it does Dover, thats for sure
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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Having lived in/just outside Richmond for 12 years, I agree. It's size reminds me a lot of Richmond.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Yea, Wilmington's population doesn't really convey the city's size. I concur with the Richmond comparison. Wilmington proper sits on less than 11 square miles of land (and roughly 6 square miles of water). The urban area extends far beyond the corporate limits however, and is home to about half a million folks.

Depending on how you look at it, Wilmington either suffers or benefits from being in Philadelphia's shadow. Without Philly nearby, Wilmington would be seen as a more significant mid-size city (along the lines of a Richmond, Norfolk, Des Moines, etc.) with its own major media outlets, concert tour stops, etc. On the positive side, however, when I lived in Wilmington I personally enjoyed having a virbrant major city only 30 minutes or so up the road- not something folks in places such as Richmond, Norfolk or Des Moines can boast.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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If Delaware cities operated normal annexation policies as in other states, the City of Wilmington wouldn't be so tiny. Rather, it would surely encompass the bulk of northern New Castle County. As it is, the last time Wilmington annexed anything of any significance was shortly after the Civil War when they annexed Brandywine Village. Greater Wilmington, i.e. the City and all the burbs taken as a whole, amounts to a fairly decent medium sized city, even though the area is not a unitary political entity.

I think the proximity to Philadelphia is unfortunate in some ways. For one, it means that Wilmington lacks its own television stations, a most regretable situation IMO.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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Yea, Wilmington's population doesn't really convey the city's size. I concur with the Richmond comparison. Wilmington proper sits on less than 11 square miles of land (and roughly 6 square miles of water). The urban area extends far beyond the corporate limits however, and is home to about half a million folks.

Depending on how you look at it, Wilmington either suffers or benefits from being in Philadelphia's shadow. Without Philly nearby, Wilmington would be seen as a more significant mid-size city (along the lines of a Richmond, Norfolk, Des Moines, etc.) with its own major media outlets, concert tour stops, etc. On the positive side, however, when I lived in Wilmington I personally enjoyed having a virbrant major city only 30 minutes or so up the road- not something folks in places such as Richmond, Norfolk or Des Moines can boast.
On the flip side so many come down to Delaware for tax free shopping.
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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On the flip side so many come down to Delaware for tax free shopping.
Me included!
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Yea, Wilmington's population doesn't really convey the city's size. I concur with the Richmond comparison. Wilmington proper sits on less than 11 square miles of land (and roughly 6 square miles of water). The urban area extends far beyond the corporate limits however, and is home to about half a million folks.

Depending on how you look at it, Wilmington either suffers or benefits from being in Philadelphia's shadow. Without Philly nearby, Wilmington would be seen as a more significant mid-size city (along the lines of a Richmond, Norfolk, Des Moines, etc.) with its own major media outlets, concert tour stops, etc. On the positive side, however, when I lived in Wilmington I personally enjoyed having a virbrant major city only 30 minutes or so up the road- not something folks in places such as Richmond, Norfolk or Des Moines can boast.

Does Wilmington "feel" like mid size city though?? It has an impressive skyline and of course the I95 freeway effect.. But Richmond "feels" more like a mid size cityas does Norfolk adn Des Moines... while Wilmington seems more like a big town with either big government of big industry say like a Trenton or Harrisburg
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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Does Wilmington "feel" like mid size city though?? It has an impressive skyline and of course the I95 freeway effect.. But Richmond "feels" more like a mid size cityas does Norfolk adn Des Moines... while Wilmington seems more like a big town with either big government of big industry say like a Trenton or Harrisburg
To me it does "feel" on the scale of the cities I've mentioned. To you apparently not.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Richmond definitely feels larger and more traditionally urban to me. Possibly helped by being the capital of the commonwealth.
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