These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2019


We analyzed 21 places in Delaware to determine where the 1% live.

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

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Lewes, Middl, Camden: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Delaware. They are also home to some of the richest people in the First State.

Lewes in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $72,474 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 5.8%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Delaware share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 21 places in Delaware with more than 2,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Delaware for 2019:

  1. Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Middl (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Camden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Ocean View (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Townsend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Selbyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Delaware.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Delaware:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Delaware For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Delaware
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 21 places with more than 2,000 people in Delaware, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Lewes, crowned the “Richest City In Delaware For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 21 places.

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,961
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $72,474
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Middl, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,754
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,375
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Middl: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Camden, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,486
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,683
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Camden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean View, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,150
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $73,397
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Ocean View: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Townsend, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,195
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $105,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 12.0%
More on Townsend: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,364
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,773
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Selbyville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,245
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $49,107
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 7.7%
More on Selbyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,792
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $55,000
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.6%
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clayton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,134
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $64,922
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 11.4%
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,276
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $54,675
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Delaware For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Delaware, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Delaware.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Delaware, according to data:

Poorest: Laurel
2nd Poorest: Wilmington
3rd Poorest: Harrington

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Delaware

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Lewes 2.33 $72,474
2 Middl 3.0 $87,375
3 Camden 3.33 $61,683
4 Ocean View 4.0 $73,397
5 Townsend 6.17 $105,000
6 New Castle 6.83 $59,773
7 Selbyville 7.0 $49,107
8 Milton 8.67 $55,000
9 Clayton 9.0 $64,922
10 Smyrna 9.17 $54,675
11 Milford 11.5 $52,576
12 Newark 12.67 $54,590
13 Dover 13.33 $49,738
14 Millsboro 14.0 $43,750
15 Seaford 15.33 $44,886
16 Elsmere 16.0 $45,660
17 Bridgeville 16.33 $51,713
18 Georg 16.67 $47,376
19 Harrington 17.33 $39,805
20 Wilmington 19.0 $40,221
21 Laurel 19.33 $34,291

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2019

  1. “Oh, and the poorest place in Delaware? That would be Wilmington.”

    Huh? So how is Wilmington the poorest, and simultaneously the 20th richest? There are only 20 towns in the state???

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