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Kent County, Delaware (DE)

County population in 2016: 174,827 (73% urban, 27% rural); it was 126,697 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 30,880
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 12,166
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 33,048
Renter-occupied apartments: 17,232 (it was 14,176 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

28%

Land area: 590 sq. mi.

Water area: 210.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 296 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Kent County: 92.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (24.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (16.0%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (13.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 61%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 29%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Kent County, Delaware:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (62.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (24.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.9%)
  • Two or more races (4.1%)
  • Asian alone (1.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  37.5 years
Delaware median age:  40.6 years
Males: 83,893  (48.0%)
Females: 90,934  (52.0%)
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Kent County,DE real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Kent County:

2.0 people
Delaware:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $54,140 ($40,950 in 1999)

This county:

$54,140
Delaware:

$61,757

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $809 (lower quartile is $629, upper quartile is $1,069)
This county:

$809
State:

$893


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $199,000 (it was $103,300 in 2000)
Kent:

$199,000
Delaware:

$243,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $149,200 - $275,800

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $294,242
Here:

$294,242
State:

$303,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $138,504
Here:

$138,504
State:

$191,925

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $85,044
Here:

$85,044
State:

$183,948

Mobile homes: $109,900
Here:

$109,900
State:

$98,942
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,343
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $389

Institutionalized population: 1,045
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Health of residents in Kent County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is about average.
71.6% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
50.1% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
68.3% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
69.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 200 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 170 pounds. This is more than average.
33.7% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1317 buildings, average cost: $136,200
  • 2008: 824 buildings, average cost: $129,900
  • 2009: 722 buildings, average cost: $126,800
  • 2010: 674 buildings, average cost: $129,000
  • 2011: 540 buildings, average cost: $138,300
  • 2012: 695 buildings, average cost: $133,900
  • 2013: 823 buildings, average cost: $134,200
  • 2014: 912 buildings, average cost: $139,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,097 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $761 (0.4%)

Kent County household income distribution in 2009 Kent County home values distribution Kent County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 13.8%
Kent County:

13.8%
Delaware:

11.7%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.2% for Black residents, 24.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.1% for American Indian residents, 16.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 27.9% for other race residents, 24.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 37.5 years old
(Males: 35.9 years old, Females: 39.2 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.1 years old, Black residents: 33.0 years old, American Indian residents: 51.5 years old, Asian residents: 44.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28.2 years old, Other race residents: 26.4 years old)

Area name: Dover, DE MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Kent County is $616 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $682 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $892 a month.

Cities in this county include: Dover, Central Kent, Smyrna, Dover Base Housing, Highland Acres, Harrington, Rising Sun-Lebanon, Woodside East, Camden, Kent Acres.

Kent County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2012 air pollution in Kent County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.031 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Audrain County, Missouri , Mineral County, Nevada , Jefferson County, Colorado , Pleasants County, West Virginia , Jasper County, Illinois , Warren County, Missouri .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.4%
Delaware:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 8,588
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 87.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 22.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 11,638 (43.5% naturalized citizens)

Kent County:

6.7%
Whole state:

9.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 2,098
  • 2000 to 2009: 2,706
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,273
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,026
  • 1970 to 1979: 654
  • Before 1970: 1,467
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 79.3%

Kent County marital status for males Kent County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 45,511
  • One, attached: 5,845
  • Two: 752
  • 3 or 4: 921
  • 5 to 9: 1,382
  • 10 to 19: 3,804
  • 20 to 49: 1,019
  • 50 or more: 1,164
  • Mobile homes: 9,344

Housing units in Kent County with a mortgage: 27,427 (299 second mortgage, 3,086 home equity loan, 38 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 15,749

Here:

64.3% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Kent County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic16,6795
Evangelical Protestant14,99279
Mainline Protestant14,93141
Black Protestant3,24518
Other2,71814
Orthodox1001
None109,645-
Kent County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 24
Kent County:

1.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.74 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 18
This county:

1.19 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

1.25 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 52
Kent County:

3.43 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 73
This county:

4.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Kent County:

10.9%
Delaware:

9.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Kent County:

31.2%
State:

27.9%

Agriculture in Kent County:

Average size of farms: 257 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $178,468
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $358.39
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.85%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 57.72%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $139,074
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 81.90%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $127,089
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.69%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.33
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 51.73%
Corn for grain: 43548 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 20509 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 68647 harvested acres
Vegetables: 16,565 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Kent County-area historical earthquake activity is near Delaware state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 89.3 miles away from Kent County center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 88.6 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 164.3 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 304.2 miles away from the county center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 342.0 miles away from Kent County center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 281.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Delaware Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3357: October 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 3357, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Delaware Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4090: November 16, 2012, FEMA Id: 4090, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Delaware Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3336: August 28, 2011, FEMA Id: 3336, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Delaware Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 25, 2011 to August 31, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4037: September 30, 2011, FEMA Id: 4037, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Delaware Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 05, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1896: March 31, 2010, FEMA Id: 1896, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Delaware Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3263: September 30, 2005, FEMA Id: 3263, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Delaware Hurricane Isabel, Incident Period: September 18, 2003 to September 29, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1494: September 20, 2003, FEMA Id: 1494, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Delaware Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 19, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3183: March 20, 2003, FEMA Id: 3183, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • Delaware Blizzard, Incident Period: January 06, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1082: January 12, 1996, FEMA Id: 1082, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • Delaware Severe Ice Storms, Flooding, Incident Period: February 08, 1994 to February 18, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1017: March 16, 1994, FEMA Id: 1017, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm, Flood
  • 3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Kent County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Philippines (9%)
  • Haiti (8%)
  • Mexico (7%)
  • India (6%)
  • Honduras (4%)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (4%)
  • Germany (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Kent County (%):

  • American (11%)
  • German (9%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (5%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • European (2%)
  • Polish (1%)

Kent County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 57,039 (82.3%)
  • Carpooled: 6,650 (9.6%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 640 (0.9%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 46 (0.1%)
  • Ferryboat: 28 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 490 (0.7%)
  • Bicycle: 208 (0.3%)
  • Walked: 1,168 (1.7%)
  • Worked at home: 3,063 (4.4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Kent County, Delaware in 2000:

  • 1,732 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,091 people in nursing homes
  • 381 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 154 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 125 people in halfway houses
  • 62 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 26 people in other group homes
  • 18 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 18 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 18 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 15 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 4 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 3 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Kent County, Delaware in 2010:

  • 2,773 people in college/university student housing
  • 784 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 283 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 202 people in state prisons
  • 93 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 82 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 27 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 25 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 25 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 21 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 7 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,705.

6.41% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,158 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.41%
Delaware average:

5.01%


0.17% of residents moved from foreign countries ($984 average AGI)
Kent County:

0.17%
Delaware average:

0.07%

2.12% relocated from other counties in Delaware ($11,667 average AGI)
4.12% relocated from other states ($24,507 average AGI)
Kent County:

4.12%
Delaware average:

4.04%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from New Castle County, DE  1.21% ($37,860 average AGI)
from Philadelphia County, PA  0.14% ($35,747)
from Atlantic County, NJ  0.09% ($35,772)
from Cecil County, MD  0.09% ($31,654)
from Caroline County, MD  0.08% ($33,617)
from Prince George's County, MD  0.06% ($33,513)
from Kings County, NY  0.06% ($47,314)


5.75% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,597 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.75%
Delaware average:

4.68%


0.26% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,634 average AGI)
Kent County:

0.26%
Delaware average:

0.09%

1.86% relocated to other counties in Delaware ($10,931 average AGI)
3.63% relocated to other states ($23,031 average AGI)
Kent County:

3.63%
Delaware average:

3.68%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to New Castle County, DE  1.01% ($36,003 average AGI)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.09% ($27,250)
to Cecil County, MD  0.06% ($35,889)
to Hillsborough County, FL  0.05% ($20,333)
to Prince George's County, MD  0.05% ($35,219)
to Caroline County, MD  0.05% ($24,857)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.04% ($26,741)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.8
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.6

Births per 1000 population in Kent County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Kent County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Kent County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Kent County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Kent County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 22,858 (18,197 aged, 4,661 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,765 (9%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.44
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 13,043
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 265
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 54,119

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,430
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 830
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 24

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 70

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 28.4. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 108.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 68.4
  • Other - 40.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 174,827
  • In family households: 143,829 (21,289 male householders, 21,993 female householders)
    27,127 spouses, 52,004 children (49,340 natural, 353 adopted, 2,311 stepchildren), 5,705 grandchildren, 2,324 brothers or sisters, 3,572 parents, 4,667 other relatives, 5,148 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 25,960 (9,037 male householders (7,577 living alone)), 12,133 female householders (10,247 living alone)), 4,790 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 5,038

Size of family households: 18,681 2-persons, 10,732 3-persons, 7,457 4-persons, 3,539 5-persons, 1,262 6-persons, 1,611 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 17,824 1-person, 2,667 2-persons, 428 3-persons, 75 4-persons, 176 5-persons.

19,450 married couples with children.
14,815 single-parent households (2,544 men, 12,271 women).

90.0% of residents of Kent speak English at home.
4.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
2.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (53% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 39% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other language at home (58% speak English very well, 40% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,235,094,000 ($8,901 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $451,781,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $410,030,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $115,049,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $8,518,000
Federal grants: $303,843,000
Federal procurement contracts: $162,741,000 ($156,234,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $234,913,000 ($206,422,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $7,203,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $161,745,000
Federal Government insurance: $121,029,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 10,484
Here:

73 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 5,784
Here:

40 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +840
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +12,032
Here:

+84 per 1000 residents
State:

+33 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Kent County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 10.45 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.7

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 1,203
  • 2010 to 2013: 3,766
  • 2000 to 2009: 18,608
  • 1990 to 1999: 12,326
  • 1980 to 1989: 8,714
  • 1970 to 1979: 8,374
  • 1960 to 1969: 4,175
  • 1950 to 1959: 6,183
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,900
  • 1939 or earlier: 4,493
Note: State values scaled to Kent population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Kent County, Delaware
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 136
  • 3 rooms: 783
  • 4 rooms: 3,865
  • 5 rooms: 6,542
  • 6 rooms: 8,582
  • 7 rooms: 9,439
  • 8 rooms: 6,490
  • 9+ rooms: 7,339
  • 1 room: 391
  • 2 rooms: 22
  • 3 rooms: 3,128
  • 4 rooms: 5,640
  • 5 rooms: 4,986
  • 6 rooms: 3,271
  • 7 rooms: 2,210
  • 8 rooms: 1,163
  • 9+ rooms: 465
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Kent County, Delaware
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 549
  • 2 bedrooms: 6,256
  • 3 bedrooms: 24,307
  • 4 bedrooms: 10,177
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,887
  • no bedroom: 391
  • 1 bedroom: 2,698
  • 2 bedrooms: 8,068
  • 3 bedrooms: 7,353
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,062
  • 5+ bedrooms: 704
Cars and other vehicles available in Kent County, Delaware in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Kent County population
  • no vehicle: 1,333
  • 1 vehicle: 11,771
  • 2 vehicles: 17,591
  • 3 vehicles: 8,685
  • 4 vehicles: 2,785
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,011
  • no vehicle: 2,662
  • 1 vehicle: 10,172
  • 2 vehicles: 6,471
  • 3 vehicles: 1,687
  • 4 vehicles: 259
  • 5+ vehicles: 25

85% of Kent County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 29% lived in Delaware.

Kent County:

85.3%
State average:

86.8%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 79,267
  • Other state: 80,042
  • Northeast: 43,017
  • Midwest: 4,836
  • South: 28,176
  • West: 4,013

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Kent County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (42.7%)
  • Electricity (20.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (13.4%)
  • Wood (3.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.1%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Solar energy (0.2%)
  • Electricity (38.9%)
  • Utility gas (37.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (9.7%)
  • No fuel used (1.2%)
  • Coal or coke (0.6%)
  • Wood (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,761
Here:

10.1%
Delaware:

12.3%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 409
Here:

4.5%
Delaware:

11.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,675
Here:

14.9%
Delaware:

15.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Kent County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Sewerage: $12,136,000
    General - Other: $1,405,000
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $8,476,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,555,000
    Health - Other: $2,989,000
    General - Other: $2,292,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,898,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,824,000
    Financial Administration: $1,708,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,473,000
    Libraries: $1,268,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,176,000
    Police Protection: $735,000
    General Public Buildings: $484,000
    Regular Highways: $452,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $324,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,433,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $407,000
    General - Other: $218,000
    Parks and Recreation: $209,000
    Financial Administration: $164,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $11,615,000

Kent County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $13,315,000
    All Other: $8,374,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,832,000
    Regular Highways: $471,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $1,166,000
    All Other: $33,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $9,099,000
    Special Assessments: $7,162,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $248,000
    Rents: $21,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,296,000
  • Tax - Documentary and Stock Transfer: $10,788,000
    Property: $7,268,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $264,000

Kent County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $91,068,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $88,967,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,431,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $24,090,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,101,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,389,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $48,000

Kent County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,355,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $60,527,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $88,967,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,943
  • Number of aged recipients: 218
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,725
  • Number of recipients under 18: 689
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,826
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 428
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,029
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,323
Kent County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Kent County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 34 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,033$205,760482$164,2863,457$192,551257$65,1875$361,200218$149,069184$99,620
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED62$195,43547$139,213369$186,46153$79,9810$019$138,31648$78,625
APPLICATIONS DENIED218$204,546167$113,8261,626$195,862290$52,2171$73,00096$134,771220$79,782
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN95$205,97972$164,1941,049$201,58040$100,6500$059$163,62750$99,180
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS21$234,28615$137,733252$192,41724$76,3750$013$149,07731$117,065
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 31 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED68$226,86859$247,1023$206,0000$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED21$221,42931$238,3551$74,0001$185,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED9$274,11124$221,2080$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$250,2507$250,7141$306,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS5$209,4001$313,0001$135,0000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Kent County, DE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William95873.4 years
John89773.6 years
Mary89478.8 years
James74272.3 years
Charles56973.2 years
George52575.0 years
Robert52369.3 years
Helen37979.8 years
Margaret36177.8 years
Elizabeth34681.1 years
Most common last names in Kent County, DE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith29775.8 years
Brown24274.4 years
Johnson22973.5 years
Jones21674.7 years
Moore17575.7 years
Morris16372.9 years
Williams16373.2 years
Davis15774.4 years
Wilson14873.7 years
Thompson13774.9 years
Businesses in Kent County, DE
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1LensCrafters1
AT&T3Lowe's2
Ace Hardware2Macy's1
Advance Auto Parts2MainStay1
Aeropostale1Marriott2
AmericInn1MasterBrand Cabinets18
American Eagle Outfitters1Mazda1
Applebee's2McDonald's8
Arby's2Men's Wearhouse1
AutoZone3Microtel1
Baskin-Robbins1Motherhood Maternity2
Bath & Body Works1Nike7
Best Western2Nissan1
Brunswick Bowling & Billiards1Old Navy1
Budget Car Rental1Olive Garden1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Pac Sun1
Burger King3Papa John's Pizza1
CVS2Payless1
Casual Male XL1Penske1
Catherines1PetSmart1
Charlotte Russe1Pier 1 Imports1
Chevrolet2Pizza Hut2
Chick-Fil-A2Plato's Closet1
Chipotle1Popeyes2
Chuck E. Cheese's1Quiznos1
Cold Stone Creamery1RadioShack3
Comfort Inn1Red Lobster1
Comfort Suites1Red Roof Inn1
Dairy Queen3Rite Aid7
Days Inn1SONIC Drive-In2
Decora Cabinetry4Safeway1
Domino's Pizza2Sam's Club1
Dressbarn1Sears2
Dunkin Donuts8Sheraton1
Fashion Bug1Sleep Inn1
FedEx19Spencer Gifts1
Finish Line1Sprint Nextel2
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Staples1
Foot Locker1Starbucks1
Ford2Subaru1
GNC7Subway8
GameStop2Super 82
Goodwill4T-Mobile4
H&R Block5T.G.I. Driday's1
Hardee's4T.J.Maxx1
Hilton2Taco Bell3
Holiday Inn3Talbots1
Hollister Co.1Target1
Home Depot1Toyota1
Honda1Toys"R"Us2
Hyundai1True Value1
IHOP1U-Haul9
JCPenney1UPS17
Jones New York4Vans2
Journeys1Verizon Wireless1
Justice1Victoria's Secret1
KFC4Volkswagen1
Kincaid1Vons1
Kmart1Waffle House2
Kohl's1Walgreens9
La-Z-Boy4Walmart2
Lane Bryant1Wendy's3
Lane Furniture3YMCA1

Kent County on our top lists:

  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"