The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2021


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Delaware For 2021

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

What's the fastest growing city in Delaware for 2021? 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 2021

1. Middl

Middl, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,692
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 16,648
Percent Growth 30.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,044
More on Middl: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Edgemoor

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,934
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,378
Percent Growth 28.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,556
More on Edgemoor: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Claymont

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,330
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 7,511
Percent Growth 24.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,819
More on Claymont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Smyrna

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,484
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 9,330
Percent Growth 23.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,154
More on Smyrna: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Milford

Milford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,111
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 9,180
Percent Growth 21.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,931
More on Milford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Georg

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,259
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 6,154
Percent Growth 18.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,105
More on Georg: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Bear

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,850
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 18,748
Percent Growth 11.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,102
More on Bear: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Seaford

Seaford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,715
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,945
Percent Growth 11.1%
Absolute Growth: 770
More on Seaford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Newark

Newark, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 33,448
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 31,110
Percent Growth 7.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,338
More on Newark: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Dover

Dover, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,523
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 35,474
Percent Growth 5.8%
Absolute Growth: 2,049
More on Dover: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the First State for 2021

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 2021

Click to enlarge

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. Glasgow
  2. Brookside
  3. North Star

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Delaware For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Middl 30.3% 21,692 16,648
2 Edgemoor 28.9% 6,934 5,378
3 Claymont 24.2% 9,330 7,511
4 Smyrna 23.1% 11,484 9,330
5 Milford 21.0% 11,111 9,180
6 Georg 18.0% 7,259 6,154
7 Bear 11.2% 20,850 18,748
8 Seaford 11.1% 7,715 6,945
9 Newark 7.5% 33,448 31,110
10 Dover 5.8% 37,523 35,474

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