Thrillist Names Wilmington One of the Best Small Cities in America

Did their writeup do Delaware justice?


Thrillist recently published an articled titled “America’s Best Small Cities to Move to Before They Get Too Popular”—and Wilmington makes the list! We’re right up there with Hood River, Ore., and Golden, Colo.

Here’s what T.M. Brown wrote about our state’s biggest city:

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Wilmington, Delaware 

Philadelphia’s Philadelphia is less square than you’ve assumed

Population: 71,000

You may know Wilmington as that magical place where hundreds of thousands of businesses can fit into a single PO box, but Delaware’s biggest city (which clocks in a hair above our 70K population limit, but we just couldn’t resist) has undergone massive changes in the last decade thanks to a booming job market and massive investments in the city’s cultural landmarks. Major financial institutions—J.P. Morgan, Barclays, BlackRock—have shifted jobs to Wilmington, sending an influx of young professionals (and their salaries) that has breathed new life into the city’s cultural landmarks like the Queen Theater and the iconic Hotel du Pont

The city and state, meanwhile, have committed to fostering entrepreneurship and co-working spaces like The Mill and Start It Up Delaware, a public-private partnership aiming to bring tech talent to the First State. “The city really checks off a lot of boxes,” says Wilmington native and local entrepreneur Matt Van Belle. “The cost of living is cheap, you can walk everywhere, you have access to major metros via train or a short drive, some of the best beaches on the coast are an hour away.” Plus, the mad beer geniuses at Dogfish Head are only a short drive away, which means the crew at Washington Street Alehouse are always getting kegs you won’t see anywhere else. —T.M. Brown

Read Thrillist’s full article here.

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