These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware


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

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North Star, Hockessin, Pike Creek: 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.

North Star in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $149,205 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.6%.

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.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 20 places in Delaware with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the First State:

  1. North Star
  2. Hockessin
  3. Pike Creek
  4. Pike Creek Valley
  5. Middl
  6. Glasgow
  7. Edgemoor
  8. New Castle
  9. Bear
  10. Brookside

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Delaware? That would be Wilmington.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Delaware

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think 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 2010-2014 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 20 places with more than 5,000 people in Delaware, we ranked each place from 1 to 20 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, North Star, crowned the “Richest Place In Delaware”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 20 places.

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1. North Star


Population: 7,655
Median Income: 14920500.0%
Poverty Level: 1.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

2. Hockessin


Population: 13,620
Median Income: 12143200.0%
Poverty Level: 2.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

3. Pike Creek


Population: 8,142
Median Income: 11345600.0%
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

4. Pike Creek Valley


Population: 10,509
Median Income: 7314900.0%
Poverty Level: 3.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

5. Middl

Middl, Delaware

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Population: 19,469
Median Income: 8370100.0%
Poverty Level: 4.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

6. Glasgow


Population: 14,962
Median Income: 8687900.0%
Poverty Level: 6.6%
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%

7. Edgemoor


Population: 6,089
Median Income: 5862700.0%
Poverty Level: 3.9%
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%

8. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

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Population: 5,346
Median Income: 5342000.0%
Poverty Level: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%

9. Bear

Bear, Delaware

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Population: 19,732
Median Income: 6064700.0%
Poverty Level: 11.3%
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%

10. Brookside


Population: 13,585
Median Income: 5847000.0%
Poverty Level: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Delaware

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 DE, according to data:

Poorest: Wilmington
2nd Poorest: Dover
3rd Poorest: Seaford
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Delaware

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
North Star 1 7,655 $149,205 1.6% 3.0%
Hockessin 2 13,620 $121,432 2.9% 4.6%
Pike Creek 3 8,142 $113,456 2.0% 5.6%
Pike Creek Valley 4 10,509 $73,149 3.9% 5.8%
Middl 5 19,469 $83,701 4.5% 5.7%
Glasgow 6 14,962 $86,879 6.6% 9.2%
Edgemoor 7 6,089 $58,627 3.9% 9.1%
New Castle 8 5,346 $53,420 10.3% 7.7%
Bear 9 19,732 $60,647 11.3% 7.9%
Brookside 10 13,585 $58,470 8.3% 9.4%
Smyrna 11 10,681 $52,243 7.1% 9.9%
Wilmington Manor 12 8,049 $51,025 9.9% 8.9%
Newark 13 32,278 $53,125 33.2% 6.1%
Georg 14 6,650 $47,525 19.1% 8.4%
Milford 15 9,882 $52,274 12.6% 10.2%
Claymont 16 9,242 $52,091 10.4% 11.7%
Elsmere 17 6,149 $47,023 8.0% 13.3%
Seaford 18 7,163 $35,813 22.5% 6.9%
Dover 19 36,826 $45,660 16.1% 10.0%
Wilmington 20 71,263 $38,979 22.3% 12.8%

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

  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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