The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2021


We analyzed 21 places in Delaware to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Delaware.

Townsend, Ocean View, Lewes: These cities aren't just some of the best places to live in Delaware. They are also home to some of the richest people in the First State.

Townsend in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $119,417 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.7628865979381443%.

If you're thinking of moving to one of these towns, you'll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Delaware share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 21 places in Delaware with more than 2,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in Delaware for 2021:

  1. Townsend
  2. Ocean View
  3. Lewes
  4. New Castle
  5. Selbyville
  6. Camden
  7. Clayton
  8. Middl
  9. Milton
  10. Smyrna

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Delaware.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Delaware:

The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2021

1. Townsend

Townsend, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,434
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $119,417
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Townsend: Real Estate | Photos

2. Ocean View

Ocean View, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,272
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $85,417
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.6%
More on Ocean View: Real Estate | Photos

3. Lewes

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,198
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Income: $88,984
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Photos

4. New Castle

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,242
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $68,211
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Photos

5. Selbyville

Selbyville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,444
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,500
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Selbyville: Real Estate | Photos

6. Camden

Camden, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,484
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Income: $65,568
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Camden: Real Estate | Photos

7. Clayton

Clayton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,282
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $82,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Photos

8. Middl

Middl, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,692
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $90,134
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Middl: Real Estate | Photos

9. Milton

Milton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,893
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,754
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 11.3%
More on Milton: Real Estate | Photos

10. Smyrna

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,484
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $67,277
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 10.0%
More on Smyrna: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Delaware For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Delaware
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 21 places with more than 2,000 people in Delaware, we ranked each place from 1 to 21 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Townsend, crowned the "Richest City In Delaware For 2021". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 21 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Delaware For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Delaware, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Delaware.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Delaware, according to data:

Poorest: Wilmington
2nd Poorest: Dover
3rd Poorest: Seaford

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Delaware

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Townsend 3.0 $119,417
2 Ocean View 3.0 $85,417
3 Lewes 3.67 $88,984
4 New Castle 5.67 $68,211
5 Selbyville 5.67 $61,500
6 Camden 6.33 $65,568
7 Clayton 7.67 $82,500
8 Middl 8.0 $90,134
9 Milton 8.67 $57,754
10 Smyrna 10.0 $67,277
11 Elsmere 12.0 $61,275
12 Newark 13.0 $58,434
13 Millsboro 13.67 $49,737
14 Milford 13.67 $47,824
15 Harrington 15.33 $50,160
16 Georg 15.67 $48,468
17 Laurel 15.67 $37,857
18 Bridgeville 16.33 $50,000
19 Seaford 16.33 $48,438
20 Dover 17.67 $47,669
21 Wilmington 20.0 $45,032

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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0 thoughts on “The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2021

  1. “Oh, and the poorest place in Delaware? That would be Wilmington.”

    Huh? So how is Wilmington the poorest, and simultaneously the 20th richest? There are only 20 towns in the state???

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