These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2018

We analyzed over 20 places in Delaware to determine where the 1% live.

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Middl, Townsend, Lewes: 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.

Middl in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $87,250 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.8%.

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 2012-2016 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 2018:

  1. Middl (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Townsend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Camden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ocean View (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Selbyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Milton (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 the best places to live in Delaware or the poorest.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Delaware For 2018

Map Of The Richest Cities 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 2012-2016 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, Middl, crowned the “Richest Place In Delaware For 2018”.

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

1. Middl

Middl, Delaware

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,045
Median Income: $87,250
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Middl: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Townsend

Townsend, Delaware

Population: 2,320
Median Income: $105,000
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
More on Townsend: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Lewes

Lewes, Delaware

Population: 2,955
Median Income: $66,583
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Lewes: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Camden

Camden, Delaware

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,494
Median Income: $61,480
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Camden: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Ocean View

Ocean View, Delaware

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,087
Median Income: $72,070
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Ocean View: Homes For Sale | Data

6. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Population: 5,372
Median Income: $59,657
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 11.7%
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.

7. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Population: 11,081
Median Income: $53,941
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
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.

8. Selbyville

Selbyville, Delaware

Population: 2,268
Median Income: $45,132
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 10.6%
More on Selbyville: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Clayton

Clayton, Delaware

Population: 3,080
Median Income: $62,422
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.2%
More on Clayton: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Milton

Milton, Delaware

Population: 2,756
Median Income: $48,194
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
More on Milton: Homes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Delaware For 2018

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:

  • 10 Best Places To Live In Delaware
  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Delaware
  • 10 Safest Places In Delaware
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Delaware

    Rank City RichScore Median Income
    1 Middl 2.83 $87,250
    2 Townsend 3.0 $105,000
    3 Lewes 3.67 $66,583
    4 Camden 5.33 $61,480
    5 Ocean View 6.33 $72,070
    6 New Castle 7.33 $59,657
    7 Smyrna 7.67 $53,941
    8 Selbyville 8.0 $45,132
    9 Clayton 8.67 $62,422
    10 Milton 10.33 $48,194
    11 Newark 10.5 $55,256
    12 Millsboro 12.33 $40,260
    13 Milford 13.0 $47,557
    14 Elsmere 14.0 $48,021
    15 Dover 14.33 $46,355
    16 Bridgeville 15.33 $51,250
    17 Georg 15.67 $46,708
    18 Seaford 16.33 $40,000
    19 Harrington 18.0 $39,761
    20 Wilmington 18.67 $40,065
    21 Laurel 19.67 $36,335

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    2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2018

    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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