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 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Middl (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Georg (Homes For Sale)
- Seaford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Elsmere (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wilmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 11,081 Population 2010: 9,330
Growth Rate: 18.77%
Absolute Growth: 1,751
More on Smyrna: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 10,532 Population 2010: 9,180
Growth Rate: 14.73%
Absolute Growth: 1,352
More on Milford: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 7,417 Population 2010: 6,945
Growth Rate: 6.8%
Absolute Growth: 472
More on Seaford: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 32,941 Population 2010: 31,110
Growth Rate: 5.89%
Absolute Growth: 1,831
More on Newark: Homes For Sale | Data
Newark (/nurk/ NEW-ark)[note 1] is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) 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.
Population: 37,351 Population 2010: 35,474
Growth Rate: 5.29%
Absolute Growth: 1,877
More on Dover: Homes For Sale | Data
Dover (/dovr/) 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.
8. New Castle
Population: 5,372 Population 2010: 5,250
Growth Rate: 2.32%
Absolute Growth: 122
More on New Castle: Homes For Sale | Data
New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles (10 km) south of Wilmington, situated on the Delaware River. In 1900, 3,380 people lived here; in 1910, 3,351. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 5,285.
Population: 6,137 Population 2010: 6,103
Growth Rate: 0.56%
Absolute Growth: 34
More on Elsmere: Homes For Sale | Data
Elsmere is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, bordering the city of Wilmington along Wilmington’s western border. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 6,131.
Population: 71,502 Population 2010: 71,437
Growth Rate: 0.09%
Absolute Growth: 65
More on Wilmington: Homes For Sale | Data
Wilmington (Lenape: Paxahakink, Pakehakink) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, 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!
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