These Are The 10 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:

  1. Middl
  2. Smyrna
  3. Georg
  4. Milford
  5. Dover
  6. Newark
  7. Seaford
  8. New Castle
  9. Elsmere
  10. Wilmington

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

If you’re not–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.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In First State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 10 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:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Middl

Middl, Delaware

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Population: 19,469
Population 2010: 16,648
Growth Rate: 16.94%
Absolute Growth: 2,821

2. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,681
Population 2010: 9,330
Growth Rate: 14.48%
Absolute Growth: 1,351

3. Georg

Georg, Delaware

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Population: 6,650
Population 2010: 6,154
Growth Rate: 8.06%
Absolute Growth: 496

4. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,882
Population 2010: 9,180
Growth Rate: 7.65%
Absolute Growth: 702

5. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,826
Population 2010: 35,474
Growth Rate: 3.81%
Absolute Growth: 1,352

6. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,278
Population 2010: 31,110
Growth Rate: 3.75%
Absolute Growth: 1,168

7. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,163
Population 2010: 6,945
Growth Rate: 3.14%
Absolute Growth: 218

8. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346
Population 2010: 5,250
Growth Rate: 1.83%
Absolute Growth: 96

9. Elsmere

Elsmere, Delaware

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Population: 6,149
Population 2010: 6,103
Growth Rate: 0.75%
Absolute Growth: 46

10. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,263
Population 2010: 71,437
Growth Rate: -0.24%
Absolute Growth: -174

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Delaware are led by Middl which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Delaware

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Middl 1 19,469 16,648 2,821 16.9%
Smyrna 2 10,681 9,330 1,351 14.5%
Georg 3 6,650 6,154 496 8.1%
Milford 4 9,882 9,180 702 7.6%
Dover 5 36,826 35,474 1,352 3.8%
Newark 6 32,278 31,110 1,168 3.8%
Seaford 7 7,163 6,945 218 3.1%
New Castle 8 5,346 5,250 96 1.8%
Elsmere 9 6,149 6,103 46 0.8%
Wilmington 10 71,263 71,437 -174 -0.2%

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