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Sussex County, Delaware (DE)

County population in 2014: 210,849 (59% urban, 41% rural); it was 156,638 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 38,246
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 24,107
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 50,505
Renter-occupied apartments: 17,015 (it was 12,072 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

28%

Land area: 938 sq. mi.

Water area: 258.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 225 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Sussex County: 87.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (30.3%), Educational, health and social services (19.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 26%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Sussex County, Delaware:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (75.6%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (12.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (8.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • Asian alone (1.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  45.0 years
Delaware median age:  38.0 years
Males: 102,922  (48.8%)
Females: 107,927  (51.2%)
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Sussex County,DE real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Sussex County:

2.0 people
Delaware:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,629 ($39,208 in 1999)

This county:

$50629
Delaware:

$57846

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $731 (lower quartile is $518, upper quartile is $963)
This county:

$731
State:

$841


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $222,500 (it was $99,700 in 2000)
Sussex:

$222,500
Delaware:

$226,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $125,400 - $341,500
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,355
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $400

Institutionalized population: 2,685
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Health of residents in Sussex 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 3.5. This is about average.
72.6% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
54.8% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
72.2% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
71.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 198 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 167 pounds. This is more than average.
35.1% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is more than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 1422 buildings, average cost: $122,500
  • 2001: 1825 buildings, average cost: $134,100
  • 2002: 2510 buildings, average cost: $146,700
  • 2003: 3184 buildings, average cost: $126,500
  • 2004: 3477 buildings, average cost: $130,400
  • 2005: 3200 buildings, average cost: $140,400
  • 2006: 2121 buildings, average cost: $153,800
  • 2007: 1903 buildings, average cost: $144,900
  • 2008: 1215 buildings, average cost: $144,800
  • 2009: 1318 buildings, average cost: $137,600
  • 2010: 1334 buildings, average cost: $146,400
  • 2011: 1311 buildings, average cost: $149,500
  • 2012: 1481 buildings, average cost: $148,600
  • 2013: 1942 buildings, average cost: $145,800
  • 2014: 1943 buildings, average cost: $146,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $868 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $571 (0.3%)

Sussex County household income distribution in 2009 Sussex County home values distribution Sussex County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.3%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 21.8% for Black residents, 31.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.4% for American Indian residents, 34.5% for other race residents, 27.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 14.3%
Sussex County:

14.3%
Delaware:

12.4%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.2% for Black residents, 39.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.4% for American Indian residents, 37.4% for other race residents, 36.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 47 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 52 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 46 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Sussex County is $572 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $635 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $869 a month.

Cities in this county include: Milford, Seaford, Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes, Millsboro, Milton, Selbyville, Long Neck, Rehoboth Beach.

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

2012 air pollution in Sussex County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.032 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Dearborn County, Indiana , Kiowa County, Colorado , Geary County, Kansas , McPherson County, Kansas , Russell County, Kansas , Fairfax city, Virginia .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.4%
Delaware:

4.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 5,455
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 76.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 7,007 (31% naturalized citizens)

Sussex County:

4.5%
Whole state:

5.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 2,130
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,719
  • 1985 to 1989: 1,077
  • 1980 to 1984: 385
  • 1975 to 1979: 256
  • 1970 to 1974: 203
  • 1970 to 1974: 221
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,016

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 76.4%

Sussex County marital status for males Sussex County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 55,171
  • One, attached: 4,501
  • Two: 1,362
  • 3 or 4: 1,476
  • 5 to 9: 2,562
  • 10 to 19: 1,229
  • 20 or more: 2,357
  • Mobile homes: 23,817
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 595

Housing units in Sussex County with a mortgage: 21,242 (2,166 second mortgage, 2,942 home equity loan, 99 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 12,666

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

73.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Sussex County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic27,6817
Mainline Protestant23,803107
Evangelical Protestant16,640115
Black Protestant2,91421
Other6558
Orthodox2202
None125,232-
Sussex 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: 45
Sussex County:

2.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.74 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.

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

0.98 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

1.25 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 85
Sussex County:

4.62 / 10,000 pop.
Delaware:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 236
This county:

12.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Sussex County:

10.9%
Delaware:

9.0%

Adult obesity rate:
Sussex County:

28.9%
State:

27.9%

Agriculture in Sussex County:

Average size of farms: 216 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $352,769
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $325.69
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.11%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 84.25%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $260,795
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 78.94%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $112,411
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.93%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.34
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 29.79%
Corn for grain: 100417 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 20959 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 86229 harvested acres
Vegetables: 21,732 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Sussex County-area historical earthquake activity is near Delaware state average. It is 87% 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 121.9 miles away from Sussex 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 157.6 miles away from the 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 121.2 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 331.8 miles away from the 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 272.3 miles away from Sussex 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 370.4 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:

  • DelawareSevere Winter Storms and Snowstorms, Incident Period: February 5, 2010 to February 11, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1896): March 31, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1896, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • DelawareSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 14, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1654): July 5, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1654, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • DelawareHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3263): September 30, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3263, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • DelawareHurricane Isabel, Incident Period: September 18, 2003 to September 29, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1494): September 20, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1494, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • DelawareSnowstorm, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 19, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3183): March 20, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3183, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • DelawareFlooding, Incident Period: January 28, 1998 to February 6, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1205): February 13, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1205, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • DelawareBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1082): January 12, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1082, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • DelawareSevere Ice Storms, Flooding, Incident Period: February 8, 1994 to February 18, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1017): March 16, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1017, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm, Flood
  • DelawareSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3111): March 18, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3111, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • DelawareSevere Coastal Storm, Flooding, Incident Period: December 11, 1992 to December 14, 1992, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-976): January 15, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-976, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Sussex County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)

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

  • Mexico (22%)
  • Guatemala (21%)
  • Haiti (14%)
  • Germany (4%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • Philippines (3%)

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

  • English (15%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • Irish (13%)
  • German (12%)
  • Italian (6%)
  • Polish (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Sussex County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 54,173 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 8,431 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 331 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 14 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 74 (0%)
  • Railroad: 4 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 11 (0%)
  • Taxi: 11 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 9 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 248 (0%)
  • Walked: 1,528 (2%)
  • Other means: 483 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 2,806 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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


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

  • 1,094 people in state prisons
  • 1,069 people in nursing homes
  • 434 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 337 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 258 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 99 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 52 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 30 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 26 people in other group homes
  • 14 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 9 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 8 people in religious group quarters
  • 5 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 4 people in other nonhousehold living situations

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

  • 1,518 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 1,149 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 152 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 65 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 27 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 10 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 8 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 8 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,627.

5.55% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($50,623 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.55%
Delaware average:

5.01%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($303 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.04%
Delaware average:

0.07%

1.19% relocated from other counties in Delaware ($8,951 average AGI)
4.32% relocated from other states ($41,369 average AGI)
Sussex County:

4.32%
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 Kent County, DE  0.68% ($31,255 average AGI)
from Wicomico County, MD  0.38% ($40,062)
from Worcester County, MD  0.17% ($36,023)
from Montgomery County, MD  0.15% ($134,579)
from Anne Arundel County, MD  0.13% ($81,980)
from Baltimore County, MD  0.10% ($60,608)
from Caroline County, MD  0.10% ($34,153)


4.39% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,649 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.39%
Delaware average:

4.68%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($369 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.04%
Delaware average:

0.09%

1.12% relocated to other counties in Delaware ($8,461 average AGI)
3.23% relocated to other states ($28,819 average AGI)
Sussex County:

3.23%
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 Kent County, DE  0.73% ($31,909 average AGI)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.31% ($26,704)
to Worcester County, MD  0.13% ($30,570)
to Baltimore County, MD  0.07% ($38,714)
to Caroline County, MD  0.07% ($29,096)
to Anne Arundel County, MD  0.07% ($51,347)
to Philadelphia County, PA  0.07% ($32,020)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.7

Births per 1000 population in Sussex County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Sussex County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Sussex County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Sussex County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Sussex County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 39,725 (34,226 aged, 5,499 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 4,894 (12%)

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)

Most common underlying causes of death in Sussex County, Delaware in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2718)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2614)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1908)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1425)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1218)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (850)
  • Unspecified dementia (844)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (665)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (594)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (543)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.16
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9412.600
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 253.750
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 35393.34

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1289.170
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1045.040
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 31.72

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 17.56
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 98.56

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16.43
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 25.5. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 118.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 69.7
  • Suffocation - 23.8
  • Other - 24.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 194,208
  • In family households: 161,669 (37,547 male householders, 16,151 female householders)
    40,716 spouses, 47,354 children (43,499 natural, 1,137 adopted, 2,718 stepchildren), 5,451 grandchildren, 1,881 brothers or sisters, 1,712 parents, 3,296 other relatives, 6,297 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 32,539 (11,379 male householders (8,371 living alone)), 14,291 female householders (11,914 living alone)), 6,869 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,937 (2,685 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 27,633 2-persons, 10,752 3-persons, 8,273 4-persons, 4,059 5-persons, 1,632 6-persons, 1,349 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 20,285 1-person, 4,575 2-persons, 462 3-persons, 194 4-persons, 78 5-persons, 36 6-persons, 40 7-or-more-persons.

21,384 married couples with children.
9,301 single-parent households (2,042 men, 7,259 women).

92.9% of residents of Sussex County speak English at home.
4.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (44% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 23% speak English not well, 15% don't speak English at all).
2.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (64% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (79% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,039,258,000 ($6035 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $45,263,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $580,493,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $212,548,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,249,000
Federal grants: $181,258,000
Federal procurement contracts: $14,397,000 ($6,589,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $43,313,000 ($13,118,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $12,204,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $63,134,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,692,820,000

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

Births: 10,889
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 9,431
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +1,867
Here:

+11 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +16,923
Here:

+96 per 1000 residents
State:

+33 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Sussex County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 12.60 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 2,502
  • 2000 to 2004: 36,005
  • 1990 to 1999: 24,608
  • 1980 to 1989: 27,042
  • 1970 to 1979: 13,728
  • 1960 to 1969: 9,365
  • 1950 to 1959: 3,828
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,756
  • 1939 or earlier: 6,741
Rooms in houses/apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 23
  • 2 rooms: 250
  • 3 rooms: 1,013
  • 4 rooms: 5,118
  • 5 rooms: 11,123
  • 6 rooms: 13,072
  • 7 rooms: 9,780
  • 8 rooms: 5,466
  • 9+ rooms: 4,660
  • 1 room: 112
  • 2 rooms: 734
  • 3 rooms: 1,472
  • 4 rooms: 3,175
  • 5 rooms: 2,943
  • 6 rooms: 1,654
  • 7 rooms: 1,033
  • 8 rooms: 554
  • 9+ rooms: 395
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 74
  • 1 bedroom: 854
  • 2 bedrooms: 11,309
  • 3 bedrooms: 29,744
  • 4 bedrooms: 7,211
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,313
  • no bedroom: 152
  • 1 bedroom: 2,192
  • 2 bedrooms: 4,931
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,923
  • 4 bedrooms: 703
  • 5+ bedrooms: 171
Cars and other vehicles available in Sussex County, Delaware in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,993
  • 1 vehicle: 15,467
  • 2 vehicles: 22,939
  • 3 vehicles: 7,546
  • 4 vehicles: 1,884
  • 5+ vehicles: 676
  • no vehicle: 1,645
  • 1 vehicle: 5,666
  • 2 vehicles: 3,636
  • 3 vehicles: 838
  • 4 vehicles: 177
  • 5+ vehicles: 110

59% of Sussex County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 53% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 18% lived in Delaware.

Sussex County:

59.5%
State average:

57.3%

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

  • This state: 71723
  • Northeast: 31979
  • Midwest: 4538
  • South: 38467
  • West: 1768

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $110,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Sussex County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (36.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (29.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27.3%)
  • Utility gas (4.1%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Electricity (44.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (27.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.3%)
  • Utility gas (8.3%)
  • Wood (0.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,163
Here:

7.2%
Delaware:

17.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 474
Here:

5.7%
Delaware:

14.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 665
Here:

14.8%
Delaware:

21.4%

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)

Sussex County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Sewerage: $18,508,000
    General - Other: $7,437,000
    Water Utilities: $166,000
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $9,795,000
    Health - Other: $9,461,000
    General - Other: $6,146,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,167,000
    Financial Administration: $4,267,000
    Libraries: $4,148,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,213,000
    Regular Highways: $2,892,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,758,000
    Police Protection: $2,459,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,730,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,149,000
    Water Utilities: $701,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $443,000
    Air Transportation: $309,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $121,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $105,000
    Parks and Recreation: $53,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,510,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,017,000
    Health - Other: $826,000
    General Public Building: $539,000
    Financial Administration: $178,000
    Regular Highways: $118,000
    Air Transportation: $63,000
    Central Staff Services: $60,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $8,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $17,402,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,000

Sussex County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $34,156,000
    All Other: $6,991,000
    Regular Highways: $2,613,000
    Air Transportation: $182,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $2,263,000
    All Other: $197,000
    General Local Government Support: $8,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $7,349,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,151,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $827,000
    Rents: $231,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $29,000
    Sale of Property: $25,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $827,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $3,716,000
    All Other: $629,000
    Sewerage: $94,000
  • Tax - Documentary and Stock Transfer: $35,270,000
    Property: $10,686,000
    Other License: $8,707,000

Sussex County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $160,503,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $149,240,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $35,116,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $23,853,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $18,665,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $16,165,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,500,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - Beginning: $758,000
    End of Fiscal Year: $680,000

Sussex County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $21,964,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $165,198,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,165,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,641
  • Number of aged recipients: 236
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,405
  • Number of recipients under 18: 553
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,608
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 480
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 944
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,121
Sussex County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Sussex County, DE among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1,50274.1 years
John1,47773.7 years
Mary1,17679.4 years
James93172.2 years
Robert85071.4 years
Charles83874.5 years
George80875.0 years
Joseph58074.3 years
Helen55079.7 years
Margaret53378.8 years
Most common last names in Sussex County, DE among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith53675.3 years
Johnson38875.4 years
Jones35973.8 years
Hudson33976.7 years
Moore26875.5 years
Williams26474.6 years
Wilson24576.1 years
Brown23273.6 years
Mitchell22176.1 years
Hastings21775.4 years
Businesses in Sussex County, DE
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Jones New York3
AT&T8Journeys1
Ace Hardware5Justice1
Advance Auto Parts6KFC3
Aeropostale2Kincaid1
AmericInn2Kmart1
American Eagle Outfitters2La-Z-Boy4
Ann Taylor2Lane Bryant1
Applebee's3Lane Furniture2
Arby's6Levi Strauss & Co.1
Ascend Collection1Little Caesars Pizza2
Ashley Furniture1Lowe's3
AutoZone3Marshalls1
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets57
Banana Republic1McDonald's10
Baskin-Robbins5Motherhood Maternity1
Best Western1New Balance3
Blockbuster1Nike3
Brooks Brothers1Old Navy1
Budget Car Rental1Outback1
Burger King4Outback Steakhouse1
CVS2Pac Sun1
Casual Male XL1Papa John's Pizza1
Charlotte Russe1Penske2
Chevrolet4Pier 1 Imports1
Chico's1Pizza Hut2
Clarks1Popeyes2
Cold Stone Creamery2Quality2
Coldwater Creek1Quiznos2
Comfort Inn2RadioShack4
Comfort Suites1Rite Aid11
Cracker Barrel1Rodeway Inn1
Curves4Ruby Tuesday2
DHL4Rue211
Dairy Queen7SONIC Drive-In2
Days Inn1Safeway1
Decora Cabinetry2Sears4
Domino's Pizza7Skechers USA1
DressBarn1Sleep Inn1
Dressbarn1Soma Intimates1
Dunkin Donuts7Sprint Nextel1
Econo Lodge1Staples1
Eddie Bauer1Starbucks5
Express1Subway15
Famous Footwear1Super 81
Fashion Bug2Superfresh1
FedEx23T-Mobile7
Ford3T.G.I. Driday's1
GNC5Taco Bell4
GameStop3Talbots1
Gap1Toyota1
Giant3True Value1
Goodwill3U-Haul10
Gymboree1UPS26
H&R Block8Vans2
Hardee's5Verizon Wireless1
Hilton2Vons1
Holiday Inn3Walgreens15
Home Depot1Walmart4
IHOP2Wendy's3
IZOD1World Gym2
J.Crew1YMCA1

Sussex County on our top lists:

  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"