Wilmington, North Carolina

county seat city in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States

Wilmington is a city in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States.

Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina.jpg
Nickname(s): 
Port City
Location of Wilmington
Location of Wilmington
Coordinates: 34°13′24″N 77°54′44″W / 34.22333°N 77.91222°W / 34.22333; -77.91222Coordinates: 34°13′24″N 77°54′44″W / 34.22333°N 77.91222°W / 34.22333; -77.91222
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyNew Hanover
IncorporatedDecember 31, 1739
Government
 • MayorBill Saffo
Area
 • City41.5 sq mi (107.4 km2)
 • Land41.0 sq mi (106.2 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation
30 ft (9 m)
Population
 (2012)
 • City112,067
 • Density1,849.8/sq mi (714.2/km2)
 • Metro
263,429
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
28401-28412
Area code(s)910
FIPS code37-74440[1]
GNIS feature ID1023269[2]
Sister citiesDandong, China
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Bridgetown, Barbados

The population was around at 96,000 during 2006;.[3] It is the county seat of New Hanover County.[4] It was named in honor of Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington, who was Prime Minister at the same time as George II was King of England.

It was the site of the 1898 insurrection where many white people killed African-American politicians in the city.[5] It is seen as the only coup d'état on American soil.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "US Census Bureau - North Carolina by place".
  4. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Lost History of an American Coup D'État". The Atlantic. August 12, 2017.

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