These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Delaware

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Delaware. And here they are:

  1. Middletown
  2. New Castle
  3. Smyrna
  4. Newark
  5. Georgetown
  6. Milford
  7. Elsmere
  8. Seaford
  9. Dover
  10. Wilmington

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Delaware

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Middletown

Middl, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,469Median Income: $83,701
Poverty Level: 4.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

2. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346Median Income: $53,420
Poverty Level: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%

3. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,681Median Income: $52,243
Poverty Level: 7.1%
Unemployment Rate: 9.9%

4. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,278Median Income: $53,125
Poverty Level: 33.2%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

5. Georgetown

Georg, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,650Median Income: $47,525
Poverty Level: 19.1%
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

6. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,882Median Income: $52,274
Poverty Level: 12.6%
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

7. Elsmere

Elsmere, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,149Median Income: $47,023
Poverty Level: 8.0%
Unemployment Rate: 13.3%

8. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,163Median Income: $35,813
Poverty Level: 22.5%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

9. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,826Median Income: $45,660
Poverty Level: 16.1%
Unemployment Rate: 10.0%

10. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,263Median Income: $38,979
Poverty Level: 22.3%
Unemployment Rate: 12.8%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Middl and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Delaware

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Middl $83,701 4.5% 5.7%
2 New Castle $53,420 10.3% 7.7%
3 Smyrna $52,243 7.1% 9.9%
4 Newark $53,125 33.2% 6.1%
5 Georg $47,525 19.1% 8.4%
6 Milford $52,274 12.6% 10.2%
7 Elsmere $47,023 8.0% 13.3%
8 Seaford $35,813 22.5% 6.9%
9 Dover $45,660 16.1% 10.0%
10 Wilmington $38,979 22.3% 12.8%

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