Delaware : What you need to know

Nicknamed “The First State,” Delaware is home to several outdoor recreation options along with a number of high-ranked cities for livability. The state has several wildlife refuges, parks and lighthouses that attract residents and tourists. The best places to live in Delaware include the capital of Dover along with Middletown, Milford and New Castle. Top industries include agriculture, banking, pharmaceuticals and government service, and Delaware has no sales tax.


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Delaware Profile

Quick Facts

Population 926,454
Latest Population Increase 0.97%
Median Household Income $60,509
Median Home Price $231,500
Median Property Tax $1,537
Median Rent $71

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.7%
  Unemployed 4.3%

Race

  Ethnicity White 69.4%
  Ethnicity Black 21.6%
  Ethnicity Asian 3.6%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 8.7%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 2.3%

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.7%
  Unemployed 4.3%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 17.8%
  Associate's Degree 7.5%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 12.2%
  High School Graduate 31.1%
  Some College, No Degree 19.7%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 88.4%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1%
Construction 6%
Manufacturing 9.1%
Wholesale Trade 1.9%
Retail Trade 12.3%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.7%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 9.7%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 10%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 24.5%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 9.1%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.5%
Public Administration 5.7%

Housing

  Homes Rent 71.2%
  Homes Owned 28.8%

Delaware Rankings


Best places to Live in Delaware
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Arden 538 $319,000 $80,278
Arden 297 $295,200 $61,071
Ardencroft 262 $310,400 $66,750
Bear 19,886 $177,800 $61,924
Bellefonte 1,318 $217,400 $70,917
Bethany Beach 908 $483,500 $73,750
Bethel 171 $216,300 $65,417
Blades 1,303 $129,800 $38,056
Bowers 320 $239,300 $52,500
Bridgeville 2,364 $227,200 $52,396
Brookside 13,743 $189,600 $59,392
Camden 3,501 $193,100 $59,721
Cheswold 1,219 $93,200 $51,667
Claymont 9,060 $192,800 $47,525
Clayton 3,034 $190,100 $65,612
Dagsboro 980 $189,900 $49,519
Delaware City 1,933 $184,800 $57,813
Delmar 1,784 $145,000 $32,734
Dewey Beach 250 $632,800 $66,875
Dover 37,144 $176,300 $45,363