The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware For 2022


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

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Townsend, New Castle, 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 $137,856 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.364066193853428%.

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 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 22 places in Delaware with more than 2,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in Delaware for 2022:

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

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 2022

1. Townsend

Townsend, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,546
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $137,856
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Townsend: Real Estate | Photos

2. New Castle

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,302
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $72,951
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Photos

3. Lewes

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,266
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,609
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Photos

4. Selbyville

Selbyville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,520
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $72,813
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.1%
More on Selbyville: Real Estate | Photos

5. Ocean View

Ocean View, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 2,637
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $75,852
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 12.1%
More on Ocean View: Real Estate | Photos

6. Clayton

Clayton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,393
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $87,118
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Photos

7. Camden

Camden, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,529
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $70,061
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Camden: Real Estate | Photos

8. Middl

Middl, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,350
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $91,663
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Middl: Real Estate | Photos

9. Milton

Milton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,993
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,924
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.5%
More on Milton: Real Estate | Photos

10. Millsboro

Millsboro, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,448
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $50,931
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 14.4%
More on Millsboro: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Delaware For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 22 places with more than 2,000 people in Delaware, we ranked each place from 1 to 22 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 2022”. 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 22 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Delaware For 2022

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: Laurel

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Delaware

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Townsend 3.0 $137,856
2 New Castle 4.0 $72,951
3 Lewes 4.33 $72,609
4 Selbyville 4.67 $72,813
5 Ocean View 5.33 $75,852
6 Clayton 5.67 $87,118
7 Camden 7.33 $70,061
8 Middl 8.33 $91,663
9 Milton 8.33 $59,924
10 Millsboro 10.33 $50,931
11 Smyrna 11.33 $59,830
12 Elsmere 12.67 $62,377
13 Bridgeville 13.67 $47,830
14 Delmar 13.67 $48,393
15 Harrington 15.0 $56,528
16 Milford 16.0 $45,948
17 Newark 16.33 $60,767
18 Seaford 17.33 $52,840
19 Georg 18.0 $41,943
20 Laurel 18.33 $40,313
21 Dover 18.33 $48,500
22 Wilmington 21.0 $45,139

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

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