Living in Wilmington

The Best of Wilmington

Location, Location, Location!

Combining the best of small-town values with big city accessibility, Wilmington is the county seat of Clinton County and within easy commuting distance to the major metropolitan areas of Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

The town of Clinton, which Wilmington was originally named, was platted in August of 1810, with more than half of the original 128 lots selling later that year. By 1820, there were 8,085 Clinton County residents. The number steadily increased throughout the century.

Out of 181 surrounding cities and towns surveyed in 1995, Cincinnati Magazine concluded Wilmington was the number one “Most Livable Neighborhood”. Our city garnered high marks as ranked by friendliness, environment, shopping, education, transportation, dining, property tax and housing costs.

Affordable Living

Wilmington is an extremely affordable place to live, from its low tax rates to quality housing to the many fine goods and services available to residents.

Whether you’re looking for newly built housing or interested in historically significant architecture, Wilmington offers affordable living in a community that values family life, educational excellence and professional opportunity.

Downtown is home to the Clinton County Courthouse, City Hall, professional offices, four bank offices, two savings and loans, and numerous specialty stores. Many downtown storefront facades have been returned to their earlier designs, in some cases with awnings over the sidewalks, leftover from the movie “Lost in Yonkers,” portions of which were shot on location here. The producers were drawn to the unique architecture of the downtown Murphy Theatre, both its exterior and its interior, as they transformed it into a fictional neighborhood theater in Yonkers.

In addition to downtown shopping, there are four shopping centers on the city’s edge, three housing major supermarkets, and all with numerous specialty stores offering clothing, shoes, appliances and other household and personal needs.


Whatever their station in life or state of need, Wilmington cares for all its people. With 28 churches in town, we take pride in being a tolerant community open to all creeds.

Service groups include Wilmington Rotary, Wilmington Lions, Optimists, Kiwanis, veteran organizations such as American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and lodges such as the Eagles, Elks, Masons and Shiners in addition to numerous local civic groups. There are local troops of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts represented, too.

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