Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2020

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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2020

  1. Middl (Photos)
  2. Smyrna (Photos)
  3. Edgemoor
  4. Milford (Photos)
  5. Georg
  6. Claymont (Photos)
  7. Bear
  8. Seaford (Photos)
  9. Newark (Photos)
  10. Dover (Photos)

What's the fastest growing city in Delaware for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Middl ranks as the fastest growing city in Delaware. 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.

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:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2020

Middl, DE

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Population: 21,250
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,648
Percent Growth 27.6%
Absolute Growth: 4,602
More on Middl: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Smyrna, DE

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Population: 11,333
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,330
Percent Growth 21.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,003
More on Smyrna: Homes For Sale | 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.

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Population: 6,471
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 5,378
Percent Growth 20.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,093
More on Edgemoor: Homes For Sale | Data

Milford, DE

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Population: 10,835
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 9,180
Percent Growth 18.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,655
More on Milford: Homes For Sale | 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: 7,123
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,154
Percent Growth 15.7%
Absolute Growth: 969
More on Georg: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 8,676
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 7,511
Percent Growth 15.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,165
More on Claymont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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: 21,362
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 18,748
Percent Growth 13.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,614
More on Bear: Homes For Sale | 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: 7,572
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,945
Percent Growth 9.0%
Absolute Growth: 627
More on Seaford: Homes For Sale | 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: 33,352
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 31,110
Percent Growth 7.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,242
More on Newark: Homes For Sale | 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.

Dover, DE

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Population: 37,331
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 35,474
Percent Growth 5.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,857
More on Dover: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Dover is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the First State for 2020

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 2020

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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. Glasgow
  2. Brookside
  3. Pike Creek Valley

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Delaware For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Middl 27.6% 21,250 16,648
2 Smyrna 21.5% 11,333 9,330
3 Edgemoor 20.3% 6,471 5,378
4 Milford 18.0% 10,835 9,180
5 Georg 15.7% 7,123 6,154
6 Claymont 15.5% 8,676 7,511
7 Bear 13.9% 21,362 18,748
8 Seaford 9.0% 7,572 6,945
9 Newark 7.2% 33,352 31,110
10 Dover 5.2% 37,331 35,474

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