America has long been known as the country of opportunity due to the number of great cities and towns that offer people looking to relocate a better quality of life and employment prospects. Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware and is a popular vacation choice for many people from all over the world. But is it worth moving to Wilmington?
Well the first thing to understand about Wilmington is that it is considered to be in the middle of everything. This is because there are so many great places that are all a short drive away from Wilmington and it is placed almost halfway between New York and Washington, both of which can be reached in a 2 hour drive. It has the prestigious title of being Delaware’s centre of commerce and culture and has become the home of many corporations. In fact over 60% of America’s Fortune 500 are incorporated in Delaware. This bodes well for anyone who is looking to find a new job as well as a new home in Wilmington. It also has a fantastic University located here and a very good school system, so it is perfect for families with children.
The city itself has plenty of things to see and do and the residents tend to have a fairly busy social calendar. To start with you have the newly transformed Riverfront, which has been redeveloped from a rundown disused area into the place to be in Wilmington. Along with plenty of bars and restaurants where you can drink and eat while looking over the picturesque harbor, there are also great outlet stores. The Chase Centre is close by, which hosts many different events and exhibits every year. There are plenty of other shops and shopping malls throughout Wilmington and the best thing about them all is that you can indulge in tax free shopping.
Family life is very much geared to the outdoors in Wilmington thanks to their lovely warm summers and snowy winters. There are a number of National Parks and wildlife reserves dotted around Wilmington and all have hiking and biking paths, well stocked streams and rivers that are perfect for fishing and camping grounds or log cabins that you can rent per day. Most parks also have a stables located somewhere close so you can get in the saddle and see the countryside from a new perspective. In the winter the parks allow you to go sledging and skiing and you will be able to rent the equipment either in town or from a small store in the park.
Sports play another large part in the lives of the residents of Wilmington and besides a local baseball team, there are often sporting events held in the local stadium, parks or centres.
Despite all of this Wilmington manages to combine the excitement and amenities of a large town with the peace and tranquility of a small town, which makes it a great place to live.
So the original question I asked was ‘is it worth moving to Wilmington?’ I guess my answer is if you want a better quality of life, a cheaper cost of living, good employment prospects and plenty of things to see and do as a family then yes, it is worth moving to Wilmington. However, if you don’t think that lifestyle is for you then Wilmington is still worth a visit. Just don’t blame us if you fall in love with the place! A short weekend trip (in Swedish weekendresor) will be more than enough for that.