This is a hard question to answer, as in most downtown area this information can change from block to block! I am attaching a link that you can type street addresses in and see the list of police reports for that area. You can also call the police department tell them the address and they will tell you about the area, sometimes if you may be able to speak with the police officer that covers that area.
The link for the information is : http://www.starnewsonline.com/section/news4602
The number to the Wilmington Police Department is: 910-343-3600.
If you are not yet working with a buyer's agent, I would love to speak with you to see how I can help you.
Best of Luck,
Wilmington does have a higher than average crime rate, but it's certainly not out of hand. There has been some violence downtown recently, but it's typically very late at night after the bars close. I also expect that with so much attention from the media, WIlmington Police will be taking a closer look. However, in your price range, you may be better off in another part of town. Would you consider a condo or townhome, or is a house a must? What's more important to you, condition, or size? I agree with Yolanda, it would be best if you found a short term rental while you hunt. I have a furnished 3 BR rental close to downtown, reasonable rate, available after the 21st of Sept. Call me if you would like to know more about it. We could do as little as one month. 910.262.8820 By the way, from what I hear, if you can live in Chicago, Wilmington should seem like Emerald City.
I found there are some nice townhomes in your price range but the homes I saw in your price range in the downtown area are not where I would enjoy living the most. I urge you to find a short term rental or stay with friends for a month while you ride around and look at neighborhoods during Fri.evenings and at other times to get a feel of how the neighborhoods suite you. Traffic is also a concern.I am a realtor at Keller Williams and have lived in this town for 30 years. I frequently laugh when I see things marketed as up-and coming because most of the time you will have a tough time reselling those jewels. Crime statistics can be seen online at starnewsonline.comI agree with the idea to consult a local lender. I love living in Wilmington and hope you will also.
I have lived in Wilmington for the last 7 years and feel perfectly safe here even in "downtown" Wilmington. The crime stats are not accurate of our area. You are not the first person that has posed this question to me. If your price range, is a $100K there are areas you can look in and feel safe.
Are you currently working with a Realtor in Wilmington? If not, I would be glad to help you. Also, your loan pre-approval you may want to have that reevaluated by a local "Wilmington lender. They are active in the market here and make lending based upon the market and not so much the lending guidelines. Please call or email me if I can help you. Justin King, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty, (910) 264-6449, firstname.lastname@example.org