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Sussex County, Delaware (DE)

County population in 2017: 225,322 (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: 240 people per square mile   (high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Sussex County: 86.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (23.5%), Educational, health and social services (13.9%), Construction (12.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 65%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 32%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Sussex County, DE (2017)
    • 164,424105.0%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 27,63917.6%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 21,10413.5%Hispanic or Latino
    • 4,2622.7%Two or more races
    • 2,7271.7%Asian alone
    • 8100.5%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 7780.5%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

49.4 years
Delaware median age:

40.1 years
Males: 109,173  (48.5%)
Females: 116,149  (51.5%)
Average household size:
Sussex County:

2.0 people
Delaware:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $61,985 ($39,208 in 1999)
This county:

$61,985
Delaware:

$62,852

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $803 (lower quartile is $508, upper quartile is $1,012)
This county:

$803
State:

$935


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $276,800 (it was $99,700 in 2000)
Sussex:

$276,800
Delaware:

$252,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $180,200 - $411,200

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $381,888
Here:

$381,888
State:

$325,586

Townhouses or other attached units: $288,226
Here:

$288,226
State:

$215,872

In 2-unit structures: $531,224
Here:

$531,224
State:

$292,551

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $465,614
Here:

$465,614
State:

$205,753

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $269,989
Here:

$269,989
State:

$184,724

Mobile homes: $93,697
Here:

$93,697
State:

$74,331

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $139,113
Here:

$139,113
State:

$97,464

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,405
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $426

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:

  • 1997: 1377 buildings, average cost: $114,100
  • 1998: 1647 buildings, average cost: $111,800
  • 1999: 1844 buildings, average cost: $117,300
  • 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
  • 2015: 2166 buildings, average cost: $145,500
  • 2016: 2399 buildings, average cost: $144,100
  • 2017: 2727 buildings, average cost: $144,400
Number of permits per 10,000 Sussex, DE residents
Average permit cost in Sussex, DE
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $999 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $771 (0.3%)

Distribution of median household income in Sussex, DE in 2017
Distribution of house value in Sussex, DE in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Sussex, DE in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 12.1%
Sussex County:

12.1%
Delaware:

13.6%
(9.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.0% for Black residents, 26.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 10.8% for American Indian residents, 27.4% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 49.4 years old
(Males: 47.9 years old, Females: 51.0 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 55.4 years old, Black residents: 36.7 years old, American Indian residents: 46.2 years old, Asian residents: 44.0 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24.0 years old, Other race residents: 18.8 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

2018 air pollution in Sussex County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.032 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.6 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:

3.6%
Delaware:

3.2%

Unemployment by year in Sussex, DE
County total employment by year in Sussex, DE
County average yearly wages by year in Sussex, DE

Current college students: 5,455
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 28.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 20,284 (40.1% naturalized citizens)

Sussex County:

9.0%
Whole state:

10.2%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2,1922010 or later
  • 6,0972000 to 2009
  • 3,1841990 to 1999
  • 1,4621980 to 1989
  • 4591970 to 1979
  • 1,237Before 1970

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: 90,114
  • One, attached: 14,784
  • Two: 1,258
  • 3 or 4: 2,378
  • 5 to 9: 4,446
  • 10 to 19: 3,196
  • 20 to 49: 1,497
  • 50 or more: 2,306
  • Mobile homes: 17,743
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 287

Housing units in Sussex County with a mortgage: 42,417 (812 second mortgage, 5,209 home equity loan, 102 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 29,719

Here:

59.2% with mortgage
State:

64.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Sussex County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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:

  • Delaware Severe Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: January 22, 2016 to January 23, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4265: March 16, 2016, FEMA Id: 4265, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • 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 Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: June 23, 2006 to July 14, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1654: July 05, 2006, FEMA Id: 1654, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 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
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Sussex County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Floods: 5, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Snowstorms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Water Shortage: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Sussex

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 68,966 (81.0%)
  • Carpooled: 7,142 (8.4%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 287 (0.3%)
  • Subway or elevated: 41 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,078 (1.3%)
  • Bicycle: 344 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 734 (0.9%)
  • Worked at home: 6,570 (7.7%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Transportation occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (5%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Community and social service occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Guatemala (26%)
  • Mexico (21%)
  • Haiti (7%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • El Salvador (3%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • Vietnam (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Sussex County


  • American (13%)
  • English (9%)
  • German (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Italian (6%)
  • Polish (2%)
  • European (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 intellectually disabled
  • 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 $63,602.

6.81% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($79,777 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.81%
Delaware average:

5.47%


0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($546 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.05%
Delaware average:

0.06%

1.40% relocated from other counties in Delaware ($11,975 average AGI)
5.36% relocated from other states ($67,256 average AGI)
Sussex County:

5.36%
Delaware average:

4.39%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kent County, DE  0.86% ($39,974 average AGI)
from New Castle County, DE  0.54% ($87,246)
from Wicomico County, MD  0.34% ($48,416)
from Montgomery County, MD  0.23% ($131,457)
from Anne Arundel County, MD  0.21% ($98,050)
from Baltimore County, MD  0.19% ($105,195)
from Worcester County, MD  0.18% ($49,025)


4.46% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,221 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.46%
Delaware average:

5.02%


0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($608 average AGI)
Sussex County:

0.06%
Delaware average:

0.08%

1.16% relocated to other counties in Delaware ($9,834 average AGI)
3.24% relocated to other states ($35,780 average AGI)
Sussex County:

3.24%
Delaware average:

3.92%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kent County, DE  0.78% ($33,254 average AGI)
to New Castle County, DE  0.38% ($47,441)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.34% ($29,498)
to Worcester County, MD  0.12% ($31,317)
to Anne Arundel County, MD  0.06% ($51,727)
to Baltimore County, MD  0.06% ($35,519)
to Montgomery County, MD  0.06% ($91,808)

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 population 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
Population without health insurance coverage in Sussex County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Sussex County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Sussex County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Sussex County
Population under 19 years 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 Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,718)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,614)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,908)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,425)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,218)
  • 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: 9,413
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 254
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 35,393

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,289
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,045
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 32

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 18
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 99

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16
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: 225,322
  • In family households: 189,400 (32,955 male householders, 28,913 female householders)
    50,825 spouses, 60,156 children (55,944 natural, 1,836 adopted, 2,376 stepchildren), 4,525 grandchildren, 691 brothers or sisters, 3,499 parents, 2,841 other relatives, 4,995 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 32,924 (9,506 male householders (6,729 living alone)), 16,655 female householders (14,775 living alone)), 6,763 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,998

Size of family households: 36,533 2-persons, 11,718 3-persons, 7,278 4-persons, 4,497 5-persons, 1,538 6-persons, 304 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 21,504 1-person, 4,054 2-persons, 468 3-persons, 13 4-persons, 122 5-persons.

26,118 married couples with children.
11,282 single-parent households (2,829 men, 8,453 women).

89.7% of residents of Sussex speak English at home.
7.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (56% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (84% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,039,258,000 ($6,035 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:

6.7
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.6

Year house built in Sussex County, Delaware
  • Year house built in Sussex County, Delaware
  • 9,3452014 or later
  • 10,6772010 to 2013
  • 42,0122000 to 2009
  • 21,9151990 to 1999
  • 19,3371980 to 1989
  • 13,7381970 to 1979
  • 6,2501960 to 1969
  • 5,5191950 to 1959
  • 3,0651940 to 1949
  • 6,1511939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Sussex County, Delaware
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Sussex County, Delaware
  • 181 room
  • 1672 rooms
  • 9253 rooms
  • 4,8284 rooms
  • 12,4885 rooms
  • 15,2616 rooms
  • 12,5967 rooms
  • 10,4468 rooms
  • 15,4079+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
  • 7611 room
  • 5422 rooms
  • 1,9083 rooms
  • 4,4784 rooms
  • 3,5985 rooms
  • 2,7336 rooms
  • 1,1997 rooms
  • 4988 rooms
  • 1769+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Sussex County, Delaware
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Sussex County, Delaware
  • 128no bedroom
  • 2121 bedroom
  • 8,7642 bedrooms
  • 41,6443 bedrooms
  • 16,9634 bedrooms
  • 4,4255+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Sussex County, Delaware
  • 781no bedroom
  • 1,9801 bedroom
  • 5,1372 bedrooms
  • 6,9653 bedrooms
  • 8104 bedrooms
  • 2205+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Sussex County, Delaware in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Sussex County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Sussex County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,680no vehicle
  • 19,5481 vehicle
  • 33,6242 vehicles
  • 12,0043 vehicles
  • 4,0244 vehicles
  • 1,2565+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Sussex County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Sussex County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,256no vehicle
  • 7,2981 vehicle
  • 4,5502 vehicles
  • 2,3673 vehicles
  • 4224 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

88.9% of Sussex County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 33% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 26% lived in Delaware.

Sussex County:

88.9%
State average:

87.2%

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

  • This state: 85,655
  • Other state: 116,913
  • Northeast: 56,188
  • Midwest: 6,295
  • South: 50,498
  • West: 3,932
Year householders moved into unit in Sussex County, DE
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Sussex County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 44.5%Electricity
  • 26.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 14.6%Utility gas
  • 9.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.8%Wood
  • 1.6%Other fuel
  • 0.7%Solar energy
  • 0.6%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 58.5%Electricity
  • 20.6%Utility gas
  • 10.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.2%Wood
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.4%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Coal or coke

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,393
Here:

12.1%
Delaware:

11.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,118
Here:

12.3%
Delaware:

13.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 995
Here:

15.0%
Delaware:

13.1%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Sussex County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $21,551,000
    Other: $10,627,000
    Air Transportation: $498,000
  • Construction - Sewerage: $20,256,000
    General - Other: $2,395,000
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $17,261,000
    Health - Other: $14,380,000
    General - Other: $5,194,000
    Libraries: $5,042,000
    Financial Administration: $4,976,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,237,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,783,000
    Police Protection: $3,569,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,019,000
    Regular Highways: $1,969,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,612,000
    Water Utilities: $1,019,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $789,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $788,000
    Air Transportation: $668,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $479,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $46,159,000
    Corporate Stocks: $13,753,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $6,913,000
    Total Federal Securities: $6,086,000
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $3,254,000
    Benefit Payments: $3,197,000
    Corporate Bonds: $1,345,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $16,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $505,000
    General Local Government Support: $6,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,441,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $157,981,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $152,443,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,047,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,509,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $22,874,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,981,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,422,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $35,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $215,973,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $3,962,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,780,000
    Other: $1,438,000
  • Tax - Documentary and Stock Transfer: $24,210,000
    Property: $16,230,000
    Other License: $1,905,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $29,920,000

Sussex County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $21,551,000
    Other: $10,627,000
    Air Transportation: $498,000
  • Construction - Sewerage: $20,256,000
    General - Other: $2,395,000
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $17,261,000
    Health - Other: $14,380,000
    General - Other: $5,194,000
    Libraries: $5,042,000
    Financial Administration: $4,976,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,237,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,783,000
    Police Protection: $3,569,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,019,000
    Regular Highways: $1,969,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,612,000
    Water Utilities: $1,019,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $789,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $788,000
    Air Transportation: $668,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $479,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $46,159,000
    Corporate Stocks: $13,753,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $6,913,000
    Total Federal Securities: $6,086,000
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $3,254,000
    Benefit Payments: $3,197,000
    Corporate Bonds: $1,345,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $16,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $505,000
    General Local Government Support: $6,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,441,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $157,981,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $152,443,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,047,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,509,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $22,874,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,981,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,422,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $35,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $215,973,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $3,962,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,780,000
    Other: $1,438,000
  • Tax - Documentary and Stock Transfer: $24,210,000
    Property: $16,230,000
    Other License: $1,905,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $29,920,000

Sussex County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $21,551,000
    Other: $10,627,000
    Air Transportation: $498,000
  • Construction - Sewerage: $20,256,000
    General - Other: $2,395,000
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $17,261,000
    Health - Other: $14,380,000
    General - Other: $5,194,000
    Libraries: $5,042,000
    Financial Administration: $4,976,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,237,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,783,000
    Police Protection: $3,569,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,019,000
    Regular Highways: $1,969,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,612,000
    Water Utilities: $1,019,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $789,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $788,000
    Air Transportation: $668,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $479,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $46,159,000
    Corporate Stocks: $13,753,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $6,913,000
    Total Federal Securities: $6,086,000
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $3,254,000
    Benefit Payments: $3,197,000
    Corporate Bonds: $1,345,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $16,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $505,000
    General Local Government Support: $6,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,441,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $157,981,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $152,443,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,047,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,509,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $22,874,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,981,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,422,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $35,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $215,973,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $3,962,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,780,000
    Other: $1,438,000
  • Tax - Documentary and Stock Transfer: $24,210,000
    Property: $16,230,000
    Other License: $1,905,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $29,920,000

Sussex County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Charges - Sewerage: $21,551,000
    Other: $10,627,000
    Air Transportation: $498,000
  • Construction - Sewerage: $20,256,000
    General - Other: $2,395,000
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $17,261,000
    Health - Other: $14,380,000
    General - Other: $5,194,000
    Libraries: $5,042,000
    Financial Administration: $4,976,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,237,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,783,000
    Police Protection: $3,569,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,019,000
    Regular Highways: $1,969,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,612,000
    Water Utilities: $1,019,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $789,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $788,000
    Air Transportation: $668,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $479,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $46,159,000
    Corporate Stocks: $13,753,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $6,913,000
    Total Federal Securities: $6,086,000
    Earnings on Investments (calculated): $3,254,000
    Benefit Payments: $3,197,000
    Corporate Bonds: $1,345,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $16,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $505,000
    General Local Government Support: $6,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,441,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $157,981,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $152,443,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,047,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,509,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $22,874,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,981,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,422,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $35,000
    Sale of Property: $21,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $215,973,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $3,962,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,780,000
    Other: $1,438,000
  • Tax - Documentary and Stock Transfer: $24,210,000
    Property: $16,230,000
    Other License: $1,905,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $29,920,000

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
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+)"