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Delaware State Profile

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Population

  • With 843,524 residents in 2005, Delaware is the 45th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Delaware grew 7.6 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate above the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • The population in Delaware is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining and the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing (see below)

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 72.6% 72.0% 71.4% 70.8% 70.2% 69.6%
Hispanic, Latino 4.8% 5.0% 5.3% 5.6% 5.8% 6.0%
African-American 19.1% 19.3% 19.5% 19.7% 19.9% 20.2%
Native American, AK Native 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Asian, Pacific Islander 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.4% 2.6% 2.7%
Two or More Races 1.0% 1.1% 1.1% 1.2% 1.2% 1.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

  • Dover (the capital of Delaware) had a population of 143,968 in 2005 – the 260th largest metropolitan are in the U.S.

Delaware - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Delaware had the 10th highest personal income per capita among the 50 states ($35,728 per resident).
  • Delaware’s personal income relative to the U.S. fell from 124 percent in 1960 to 108 percent in 2004 – but still remains above the U.S. average (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Delaware as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Delaware per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Delaware has the 12th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (10.4%) and the 15th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (14.5%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Delaware - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Delaware ranked 30th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (88.3%).
  • Delaware ranked 18th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (29.5%) and 11th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (11.8%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Delaware has larger percentages of adults who have completed just a high school diploma and graduate and professional degrees, and smaller percentages in all other educational attainment categories (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Delaware and the U.S. Average
Delaware education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Delaware - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Delaware had the 16th lowest unemployment rate of all states – 4.2 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Delaware has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, professional, and construction occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry in Delaware – relative to the U.S. average – there are larger percentages of employment in public administration, education and healthcare, finance and insurance, and construction industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Delaware ranked 9th among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Delaware - Health and Well-Being

  • 14.5 percent of Delaware residents do not have health insurance – the 22nd highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 21.0 percent of Delaware residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – the 11th lowest rate in the U.S. and lower than the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Delaware, 210 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – above U.S. rate of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Delaware residents (321 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – but lower than the national rate of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Delaware ranked 33rd among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Delaware - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Delaware had the 9th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (568 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 3,164 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Delaware – ranked 30th among states and below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Delaware had the highest incarceration rate per capita among states in 2004 – with 835 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Delaware has remained well above the U.S. rate since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Delaware and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Delaware and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Delaware Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Delaware ranges from $27,292 in Kent County to $40,354 in New Castle County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 17.5 percent in Sussex County to 31.4 percent in New Castle County. Delaware only has three counties so the disparities by county are not a great as in other states.

It is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

Delaware Counties

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