Facts Sheet

Wilmington:
Located on I-95, halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C. (approximately 100 miles in each direction). More than one third of the nation's population is within 350 miles of Wilmington.

  • 30 minutes to center city Philadelphia
  • 90 minutes to downtown Baltimore
  • 60 minutes to Lancaster, PA ("Amish Country")
  • 90 minutes to Atlantic City
  • 2 hours to Delaware's Atlantic Ocean beaches (Rehoboth, Bethany, Dewey, Lewes)


State of Delaware:
Geography: Second smallest state in the nation 
Population: 952,065 
Washington, D.C. Representation: One congressman, two senators

New Castle County
Population 549,684 the largest population and smallest geographic area (438 square miles) of Delaware's three counties. Wilmington is New Castle County's and Delaware's largest city with a population of 70,851. 

Major Highway Access:
I-95, I-495, I-295 (Delaware Memorial Bridge), and New Jersey Turnpike

Air Access:
PHL/Philadelphia International Airport (20 minutes by car). 
ILG/New Castle County Airport (10 minutes by car). 
BWI/Baltimore-Washington International (90 minutes by car).

Climate:
Moderate. Average temperature is 76 F (24 C) in the summer and 33 F (1 C) in winter. Snowfall is moderate and is most likely to occur January through March. Annual rainfall is approximately 45 inches.

Tax-free Shopping and Dining:
No sales tax in Delaware on shopping, dining or entertainment!

New Castle County Hotel Rooms:
Approximately 5,000 rooms available in New Castle County; 6,000 total rooms in the region.

Lodging Tax:
New Castle County Lodging Tax is 8%.
City of Wilmington Lodging Tax is 10%.

Wilmington Rental Tax:
2% (applies to car and equipment rentals)

Major Industries:
Banking, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Agriculture, Tourism/Hospitality, Import/Export