The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2022


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Delaware.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Wilmington and Dover, while others want peace and quiet like in New Castle and Elsmere, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Delaware have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the First State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Delaware for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2022

  1. Middl
  2. Smyrna
  3. Milford
  4. Claymont
  5. Georg
  6. Edgemoor
  7. Bear
  8. Seaford
  9. Hockessin
  10. Newark

What's the fastest growing city in Delaware for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Middl ranks as the fastest growing city in Delaware. If you happen to be a resident of Middl, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Delaware are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Delaware or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Delaware state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2022

1. Middl

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,350
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,648
Percent Growth 34.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,702
More on Middl: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Middl, DE

Source: Public domain

2. Smyrna

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,694
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 9,330
Percent Growth 25.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,364
More on Smyrna: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Smyrna, DE

3. Milford

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,463
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 9,180
Percent Growth 24.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,283
More on Milford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Milford, DE

4. Claymont

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,343
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,511
Percent Growth 24.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,832
More on Claymont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Claymont, DE

5. Georg

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,436
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,154
Percent Growth 20.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,282
More on Georg: Homes For Sale | Data

Source: Public Domain

6. Edgemoor

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,483
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Population 2010: 5,378
Percent Growth 20.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,105
More on Edgemoor: Homes For Sale | Data

Edgemoor, DE

7. Bear

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,397
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 18,748
Percent Growth 14.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,649
More on Bear: Homes For Sale | Data

Bear, DE

8. Seaford

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,897
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,945
Percent Growth 13.7%
Absolute Growth: 952
More on Seaford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Seaford, DE

9. Hockessin

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 14,172
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 12,919
Percent Growth 9.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,253
More on Hockessin: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Newark

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 33,822
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 31,110
Percent Growth 8.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,712
More on Newark: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Newark, DE

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the First State for 2022

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 20 Delaware cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the First State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Delaware with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Delaware Graph For 2022

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Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In Delaware, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Delaware are led by Middl which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Pike Creek
  2. North Star
  3. Elsmere

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Delaware For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Middl 34.3% 22,350 16,648
2 Smyrna 25.3% 11,694 9,330
3 Milford 24.9% 11,463 9,180
4 Claymont 24.4% 9,343 7,511
5 Georg 20.8% 7,436 6,154
6 Edgemoor 20.5% 6,483 5,378
7 Bear 14.1% 21,397 18,748
8 Seaford 13.7% 7,897 6,945
9 Hockessin 9.7% 14,172 12,919
10 Newark 8.7% 33,822 31,110

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