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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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Quick Facts about DE

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 in DE

  Employed 95.7%
  Unemployed 4.3%

Race in DE

  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 in DE

  Employed 95.7%
  Unemployed 4.3%

Educational Levels in DE

  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 in DE

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 in DE

  Homes Rent 71.2%
  Homes Owned 28.8%

Delaware Rankings

Best places to Live in Delaware

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Wilmington 71,549 $167,500 $40,465
Dover 37,144 $176,300 $45,363
Newark 32,740 $268,100 $54,187
Bear 19,886 $177,800 $61,924
Middletown 19,744 $259,800 $84,451
Glasgow 14,640 $260,900 $86,813
Brookside 13,743 $189,600 $59,392
Hockessin 13,230 $422,800 $121,680
Smyrna 10,904 $191,200 $54,217
Pike Creek Valley 10,672 $242,400 $75,765
Milford 9,993 $180,600 $45,368
Claymont 9,060 $192,800 $47,525
Pike Creek 8,463 $316,000 $110,114
Wilmington Manor 7,912 $178,800 $52,695
North Star 7,596 $433,400 $142,622
Seaford 7,290 $162,900 $38,145
Georgetown 6,775 $210,300 $45,983
Edgemoor 6,257 $192,100 $59,155
Elsmere 6,154 $169,400 $47,704
New Castle 5,371 $199,900 $56,307