Poorest Cities In Delaware For 2022

We analyzed the cities and towns in Delaware to determine which ones are at the bottom of the income ladder.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the poorest places in Delaware.

Delaware brings to mind images of Dover, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you'll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, Delaware has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in Delaware that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 22 places in Delaware with more than 2,000 people.

Here are the ten poorest places in Delaware for 2022:

  1. Wilmington
  2. Dover
  3. Laurel
  4. Georg
  5. Seaford
  6. Newark
  7. Milford
  8. Harrington
  9. Bridgeville
  10. Delmar

Again, this isn't a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it's just a look at the facts.

What's the poorst city in Delaware? According to the facts, Wilmington is the poorest place in Delaware for 2022.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places in Delaware or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

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The 10 Poorest Cities In Delaware For 2022

1. Wilmington

Wilmington, DE

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Population: 70,655
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,139 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (highest)
Poverty Rate: 24.9% (2nd highest)
More on Wilmington:  Data | Photos

Wilmington, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in Delaware thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 70,655 people averages the 3rd lowest median household income in Delaware and the 2nd highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

2. Dover

Dover, DE

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Population: 37,872
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,500 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 21.9% (4th highest)
More on Dover:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in Delaware is Dover.

The city ranks as having the 4th highest incidence of poverty and 7th lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate 'only' ranks as the 3rd highest in the First State.

3. Laurel

Laurel, DE

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Population: 4,311
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $40,313 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (12th highest)
Poverty Rate: 36.0% (highest)
More on Laurel:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Laurel's median income ranks as the lowest.

And that's a sign that there's a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 36.030461684911955% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the First State.

4. Georg

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Population: 7,436
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $41,943 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 16.7% (7th highest)
More on Georg:  Data

Georg ranks as the fourth poorest place in Delaware.

The town ranks as having the 2nd lowest median household income and the 7th highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there's still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

5. Seaford

Seaford, DE

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Population: 7,897
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $52,840 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 17.1% (6th highest)
More on Seaford:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in Delaware is Seaford.

The city ranks as having the 9th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 6th highest in Delaware.

Still not the best news for Seaford.

6. Newark

Newark, DE

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Population: 33,822
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $60,767 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 23.5% (3rd highest)
More on Newark:  Data | Photos

Newark ranks as the sixth poorest place in the First State.

It ranks as having the 3rd highest incidence of poverty and the 4th highest unemployment rate.

7. Milford

Milford, DE

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Population: 11,463
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,948 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 14.6% (10th highest)
More on Milford:  Data | Photos

Milford places as the seventh poorest city in Delaware.

The city of over 11,463 ranks as having the 10th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

8. Harrington

Harrington, DE

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Population: 3,658
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,528 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 21.9% (5th highest)
More on Harrington:  Data | Photos

Harrington ranks as the eighth poorest city in Delaware.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 9th highest in the state.

9. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, DE

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Population: 3,508
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Income: $47,830 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (11th highest)
Poverty Rate: 13.6% (12th highest)
More on Bridgeville:  Data | Photos

Bridgeville couldn't stay out of the top ten poorest places in Delaware; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 5th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Bridgeville ranks as having the 12th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Delaware.

10. Delmar

Delmar, DE

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Population: 2,153
Rank Last Year: -
Median Income: $48,393 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (14th highest)
Poverty Rate: 16.2% (8th highest)
More on Delmar:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Delaware is Delmar.

The city of 2,153 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the First State.

Methodology: How We Determined The Poorest Places In Delaware for 2022

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don't think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "poorest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The "median household income adjusted for the cost of living" attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they'd still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

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 poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Poor Score" with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Wilmington, crowned the "Poorest Place In Delaware For 2022". You can download the data here.

Summary: The Poorest Places In Delaware For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest 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 bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

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

    Richest: Townsend
    2nd Richest: New Castle
    3rd Richest: Lewes

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Delaware

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Wilmington 70,655 24.9%
2 Dover 37,872 21.9%
3 Laurel 4,311 36.0%
4 Georg 7,436 16.7%
5 Seaford 7,897 17.1%
6 Newark 33,822 23.5%
7 Milford 11,463 14.6%
8 Harrington 3,658 21.9%
9 Bridgeville 3,508 13.6%
10 Delmar 2,153 16.2%
11 Elsmere 5,814 15.1%
12 Smyrna 11,694 11.1%
13 Millsboro 4,448 14.4%
14 Milton 2,993 10.5%
15 Middl 22,350 5.7%
16 Camden 3,529 5.5%
17 Clayton 3,393 7.5%
18 Ocean View 2,637 12.1%
19 Selbyville 2,520 9.1%
20 Lewes 3,266 5.1%
21 New Castle 5,302 4.3%
22 Townsend 2,546 2.4%

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