Wilmington’s population clocks in at 71,000; a small town compared to Philadelphia’s population of 1.6 million.
But according to Thrillist, Delaware’s largest city is one of 15 cities across the U.S. to move to before it gets too popular.
“The city really checks off a lot of boxes,” said Wilmington 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, [and] some of the best beaches on the coast are an hour away.”
Cities were ranked on their low cost of living balanced out by cultural activities and amenities. Wilmington’s high concentration of financial institutions and cultural landmarks such as the Queen Theater and the Hotel du Pont were named as factors that were draws for population growth.