Delaware Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Delaware, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Delaware

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Delaware based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 19807 New Castle County $215,290.00
2 19707 New Castle County $181,819.00
3 19944 Sussex County $171,751.00
4 19930 Sussex County $169,429.00
5 19803 New Castle County $158,309.00
6 19709 New Castle County $137,941.00
7 19971 Sussex County $137,711.00
8 19734 New Castle County $126,443.00
9 19810 New Castle County $124,064.00
10 19806 New Castle County $116,680.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Delaware.

Richest Cities in Delaware

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Delaware. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Delaware by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Rehoboth Beach Sussex County $255,755.00
2 Bethany Beach Sussex County $143,600.00
3 Townsend New Castle County $142,061.00
4 Lewes Sussex County $129,231.00
5 Middle New Castle County $117,338.00
6 Arden New Castle County $103,035.00
7 New Castle New Castle County $97,821.00
8 Millville Sussex County $96,593.00
9 Milton Sussex County $94,836.00
10 Ocean View Sussex County $92,718.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Delaware.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Delaware is $69,110.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Delaware.

  • Under 25
    $36,302.00
  • 25 to 44
    $74,893.00
  • 45 to 64
    $86,798.00
  • 65 and over
    $60,631.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Delaware?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Delaware is $92,308.00.

8.53% of households in Delaware are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Delaware but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Delaware

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Delaware easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    14.77%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    19.31%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    17.32%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    14.04%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    17.51%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    8.54%
  • $200,000 or more
    8.53%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Delaware. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Delaware by the total number of people in Delaware.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Delaware and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Delaware is $36,574.00.

Population in Delaware by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Delaware is currently 967,679 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Delaware can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Delaware.

  • 60.80% White
    597,040
  • 21.50% Black/African American
    211,387
  • 0.20% Native
    2,084
  • 9.70% Hispanic
    95,278
  • 4.00% Asian
    39,398
  • 0.00% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    299
  • 3.30% Two or more races
    32,744
  • 0.40% Other
    3,662

Population of Delaware by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Delaware is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 56,213 54,502
10 to 19 Years 61,978 60,698
20 to 29 Years 61,641 60,392
30 to 39 Years 61,890 61,267
40 to 49 Years 54,693 59,094
50 to 59 Years 64,920 68,591
60 to 69 Years 61,692 72,437
70 Years and over 54,192 67,692

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Delaware.

  • Master's degree or higher
    16.16%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30.15%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9.29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41.92%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.48%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Delaware because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Delaware look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Delaware that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Delaware that are over the age of 16 is 798,798 people.

The unemployment rate in Delaware is 37.80%, which means 301,994 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Delaware

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Delaware. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Delaware is 41.1 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Delaware

41.1

Total

39.4

Male

42.8

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 381,097 households in Delaware, and the average household size is 2.51 people.

For families, the total number is 248,034, and the average family size is 3.08 people.

7.70% of those families in Delaware are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Delaware in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Delaware for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 181,481 19,221 47,332 133,063
Average Household Size 3.09 3.29 3.5 1.26
Total Families 181,481 19,221 47,332 0
Average Household Size 3.06 2.86 3.27 0

Housing Data in Delaware

There are total of 445,104 housing units in Delaware. Of those units, 381,097 (85.62%) are occupied, and 64,007 (14.38%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 445,104 housing units in Delaware, 104,304 (23.43%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,199.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 61.21% of housing units, with 272,435 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Delaware.

  • No rent paid
    4,358
  • Less than $500
    7,944
  • $500 to $999
    23,509
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    47,952
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    18,985
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    4,014
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    948
  • $3,000 or more
    952

Property Values

The median value of a property in Delaware is $269,700.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Delaware.

  • Less than $50,000
    13,284
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    9,449
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    17,542
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    37,431
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    82,371
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    84,313
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    23,676
  • $1,000,000 or more
    4,369

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Delaware.

  • 1939 or earlier
    37,306
  • 1940 to 1949
    18,792
  • 1950 to 1959
    44,075
  • 1960 to 1969
    44,748
  • 1970 to 1979
    51,504
  • 1980 to 1989
    55,140
  • 1990 to 1999
    64,462
  • 2000 to 2009
    80,922
  • 2010 to 2013
    46,688
  • 2014 or later
    1,467

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Delaware has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    22,372
  • 1 vehicle available
    130,476
  • 2 vehicles available
    149,431
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    78,818

Commuting to Work in Delaware

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Delaware, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 26 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Delaware.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    9,517
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    36,533
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    57,966
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    69,672
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    66,508
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    32,268
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    52,852
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    11,149
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    15,489
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    28,510
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    22,549
  • 90 or more minutes
    11,354

We can also look at the means of transport in Delaware to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    352,866
  • Carpooled
    36,963
  • Public transportation
    9,178
  • Walked
    9,458
  • Other means
    5,902
  • Worked from home
    45,204

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Delaware.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Delaware.

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