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Wilmington

On the downside, the only high schools in the city are charters, so your child is getting bused to the burbs, which, given the high taxes, doesn’t seem fair, especially if the busing is to a school in a sub-par district. On the upside—and it is a large one—you have a choice of beautiful neighborhoods like The Highlands, the enclave of Midtown Brandywine, the ever-popular Trolley Square and the tight-knit Triangle. The downtown and Riverfront can supply all your entertainment needs, from symphony to The Grand Opera House to live modern music at The World Cafe Live at the Queen to movies and IMAX at Penn Cinemas. How many cities of comparable size have a major art museum, a contemporary art center, and so many opera, theater and dance companies? Need we mention dining options from tiny Caribbean joints to the continental splendor of The Green Room? Yes, some neighborhoods need help, but you live in the employment and commercial center of the state, there are several beautiful parks and a burgeoning riverfront, and there are all the festivals and other public celebrations you could ever ask for.

School District: Brandywine
Taxes: 4.2691
Median home cost: $106,200

School District: Christina
Taxes: 4.0946
Median home cost: $106,200

School District: Colonial
Taxes: 3.4866
Median home cost: $106,200

School District: Red Clay
Taxes: 3.7926
Median home cost: $106,200
Commute: 26
Safety: 9-6
Arts and culture: 5
Shopping and dining: 5
Nightlife: 3

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  • Carson Zullinger: The Line of Beauty

    2014.11.07

    Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates...

  • Christmas Celebration at Adventure Aquarium

    2014.11.28

    Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration...

  • “Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit

    2014.11.12

    The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of...

  • “Holidays at Hagley” Exhibit

    2014.11.28

    The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of...

  • Holiday-Themed Family Adventure Backpacks

    2014.11.28

    Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a...

  • Hippo Haven Opens This Summer at Adventure Aquarium!

    2014.05.29

    This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new...

  • Belin House Organic Café Holiday Brunch

    2014.11.29

    The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special...

  • A Very Furry Christmas

    2014.11.22

    A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is...

  • Carson Zullinger: The Line of Beauty Exhibition

    2014.11.07

    Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates...

  • Holiday Lights Express

    2014.12.12

    Enjoy a peaceful interlude at the end of the year with a 45-minute evening ride aboard our heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar...

  • Next Gen North's Chips for Charity

    2014.10.22

    Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent...

  • "Big the Musical"

    2014.12.12

    Age is an energy, not a number. That’s what you could take from “Big the Musical,” presented at the Wilmington Drama League over the...

  • Portable Fire: A History of Match Safes

    2014.09.13

    These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

  • Titanoboa

    2014.12.01

    The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the...

  • Tummy Time First Fridays

    2014.09.01

    BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

  • Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses

    2014.11.28

    The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the...

  • A Brandywine Christmas

    2014.11.28

     Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at...

  • Costumes of Downton Abbey

    2014.04.01

    The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of...

  • A Longwood Christmas

    2014.11.27

    Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands...

  • Nature Morte

    2014.10.04

    If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and...


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