These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Delaware

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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Delaware works hard, there’s a certain part of the First State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Delaware .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be North Star which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Delaware. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Delaware for a promotion:

  1. North Star
  2. Townsend
  3. Pike Creek
  4. Middl
  5. Hockessin
  6. Glasgow
  7. Rising Sun-Lebanon
  8. Greenville
  9. Pike Creek Valley
  10. Newark

So listen up Long Neck as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The First State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 37 places in Delaware, we ranked each place from 1 to 37 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Delaware”. And, at the end of the day, North Star had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. North Star


Population: 7,655 College Graduates: 68.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

2. Townsend

Townsend, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,556College Graduates: 33.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.8

3. Pike Creek


Population: 8,142 College Graduates: 59.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Middl

Middl, Delaware

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Population: 19,469College Graduates: 34.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Hockessin


Population: 13,620 College Graduates: 65.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.3
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Glasgow


Population: 14,962 College Graduates: 31.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.7

7. Rising Sun-Lebanon


Population: 3,597 College Graduates: 36.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.7

8. Greenville


Population: 2,286 College Graduates: 66.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.4
Workers Per Household: 0.9

9. Pike Creek Valley


Population: 10,509 College Graduates: 47.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

10. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,278College Graduates: 53.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 31.6
Workers Per Household: 1.5

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In Delaware

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
North Star 1 7,655 68.6% 39.7 1.5
Townsend 2 2,556 33.3% 39.1 1.8
Pike Creek 3 8,142 59.5% 40.4 1.5
Middl 4 19,469 34.6% 39.3 1.6
Hockessin 5 13,620 65.4% 38.3 1.5
Glasgow 6 14,962 31.4% 39.7 1.7
Rising Sun-Lebanon 7 3,597 36.3% 39.5 1.7
Greenville 8 2,286 66.5% 41.4 0.9
Pike Creek Valley 9 10,509 47.1% 38.1 1.4
Newark 10 32,278 53.8% 31.6 1.5
Clayton 11 2,989 22.4% 38.9 1.7
Bear 12 19,732 24.5% 38.9 1.6
Riverview 13 2,761 27.5% 40.3 1.5
Lewes 14 2,840 49.2% 38.8 0.8
Highland Acres 15 3,962 38.1% 37.5 1.4
Georg 16 6,650 14.9% 38.3 2.0
Edgemoor 17 6,089 32.2% 38.8 1.3
Camden 18 3,504 28.2% 39.7 1.4
Milton 19 2,656 32.1% 37.6 1.1
New Castle 20 5,346 27.0% 38.3 1.2
Brookside 21 13,585 20.7% 38.8 1.5
Dover Base Housing 22 3,390 23.2% 44.5 1.5
Selbyville 23 2,535 12.2% 38.9 1.4
Smyrna 24 10,681 22.0% 38.9 1.3
Claymont 25 9,242 22.9% 39.6 1.4
Wilmington Manor 26 8,049 11.4% 38.3 1.4
Dover 27 36,826 28.4% 36.4 1.4
Harrington 28 3,643 16.2% 39.8 1.4
Woodside East 29 2,140 14.2% 35.7 1.6
Seaford 30 7,163 14.9% 37.1 1.1
Elsmere 31 6,149 13.2% 37.5 1.6
Millsboro 32 3,987 14.8% 36.6 1.2
Wilmington 33 71,263 25.6% 38.1 1.2
Milford 34 9,882 19.1% 37.4 1.2
Laurel 35 3,842 9.8% 37.3 1.3
Bridgeville 36 2,359 23.6% 35.3 1.0
Long Neck 37 2,119 14.6% 35.0 0.8