These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Delaware everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Delaware.

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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Wilmington and Dover, while others want peace and quiet like in New Castle and Elsmere, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Delaware have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the First State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Delaware for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

If you happen to be a resident of Middl, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Delaware are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Delaware or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Delaware state reading:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the First State for 2019

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 20 Delaware cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the First State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Delaware with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Delaware Graph For 2019

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Middl, DE

Source: Public domain
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Population: 20,754
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,648
Percent Growth 24.7%
Absolute Growth: 4,106
More on Middl: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Smyrna, DE

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Population: 11,276
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 9,330
Percent Growth 20.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,946
More on Smyrna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.

Milford, DE

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Population: 10,645
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 9,180
Percent Growth 16.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,465
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milford is a city in Kent and Sussex counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,559.

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Population: 8,707
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 7,511
Percent Growth 15.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,196
More on Claymont: Real Estate | Data

Claymont is a census-designated place in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. The population was 8,253 at the 2010 census.

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Population: 6,178
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 5,378
Percent Growth 14.9%
Absolute Growth: 800
More on Edgemoor: Real Estate | Data

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Population: 7,002
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,154
Percent Growth 13.8%
Absolute Growth: 848
More on Georg: Real Estate | Data

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Population: 8,740
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 8,025
Percent Growth 8.9%
Absolute Growth: 715
More on Pike Creek: Real Estate | Data

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Population: 20,401
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 18,748
Percent Growth 8.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,653
More on Bear: Real Estate | Data

Bear is a census-designated place in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. The population was 17,593 at the 2000 census.

Seaford, DE

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Population: 7,447
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 6,945
Percent Growth 7.2%
Absolute Growth: 502
More on Seaford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Newark, DE

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Population: 33,243
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 31,110
Percent Growth 6.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,133
More on Newark: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Delaware, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Delaware are led by Middl which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. North Star
  2. Brookside
  3. Pike Creek Valley

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Delaware For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Middl 24.7% 20,754 16,648
2 Smyrna 20.9% 11,276 9,330
3 Milford 16.0% 10,645 9,180
4 Claymont 15.9% 8,707 7,511
5 Edgemoor 14.9% 6,178 5,378
6 Georg 13.8% 7,002 6,154
7 Pike Creek 8.9% 8,740 8,025
8 Bear 8.8% 20,401 18,748
9 Seaford 7.2% 7,447 6,945
10 Newark 6.9% 33,243 31,110
11 Hockessin 5.8% 13,672 12,919
12 Dover 4.6% 37,109 35,474
13 New Castle 2.2% 5,364 5,250
14 Elsmere -0.1% 6,097 6,103
15 Wilmington -0.2% 71,276 71,437
16 Glasgow -2.4% 15,280 15,648
17 Wilmington Manor -3.3% 7,608 7,865
18 Pike Creek Valley -5.1% 10,823 11,400
19 Brookside -5.6% 13,554 14,365
20 North Star -6.8% 7,390 7,929

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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