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Dover, Delaware

Delaware is the 45th most populous and the 49th largest (1,949 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Dover (in the above picture). Majority of occupations in Delaware is management and professional (36.80%), followed by sales and office (26.40%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Delaware is often referred to as the Chemical Capital, Corporate Capital, Diamond State and Blue Hen State
  2. Delaware has one of the lowest number of storm events (144 whilst national median 1,137)
  3. Delaware has one of the highest number of GDP state per capita ($61,737.00 vs. USA median $42,069.00)
  4. Delaware has one of the lowest land area, in sqm (1,949 whilst country average 3,531,905)
  5. Delaware has one of the highest annual costs of Public 4-Year College ($19,541.02 whilst national median $15,918.01)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Delaware population was 925,749 which ranks the 45th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Delaware is Wilmington. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.10%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Delaware population represents only 0.29% of the entire population in the USA as featured in the following chart.

Delaware total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Delaware (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 71.10%
  • Black or African American 22.10%
  • Asian ethnicity 3.60%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.40%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Delaware population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Delaware population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.10% of Delaware population are under 5 years old, 22.00% are under 18 years and 15.90% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 12.30% of Delaware population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.60% which is slightly more than male population. Delaware female population number ranks the 2nd nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Delaware and the USA.

Female and male population in Delaware vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 87.70%, higher than US average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 28.50% which is equal to national median
  • Home ownership rate is 72.70% which is higher than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 11.50%, this is lower than US median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Delaware Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 0.06% of total land area
  • Delaware has more population density than the USA average (460.8 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Delaware is lower by .50 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Delaware land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Delaware USA
Land area (square miles) 1,948.54 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 460.8 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 78.4 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Delaware unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.40% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Delaware is $7.75 per hour, which ranks the 19th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Delaware based on Census 2010
Occupation Delaware USA
Management or professional-related job 36.80% 34.90%
Service-related job 17.40% 17.10%
Sales and office job 26.40% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.30% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 9.50% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 9.70% 12.50%
Comparison of Delaware Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Delaware usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Delaware was 24.8 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 8.70%, higher than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms S, higher than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 4.00%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 2.10%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 26.10%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. This information highlights which specific business area Delaware is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Delaware USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 25,679,939 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 5,727,401 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 14,202,083 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 1,910,770 613,795,732
Delaware Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $16,421.00, which is higher than U.S median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Delaware was 4,091.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Delaware has one of the highest number of female population (51.60% while country median 50.80%)
  2. Delaware has one of the lowest number of damages resulting from storm events (410,000 whereas country average 11,013,847)
  3. Delaware has one of the lowest merchant wholesaler sales, in $1000 ($5,727,401.00 whilst national average $4,174,286,516.00)

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