Delaware

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2019 Population
973,764
0.682% 1-year growth
US Senator
Tom Carper
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Coons
Democratic Party
US Representative
Lisa Blunt Rochester
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
41.4
0.73% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
11.8%
1.12% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$70,176
8.29% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$261,700
2.51% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
453,112
0.79% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Delaware had a population of 974k people with a median age of 41.4 and a median household income of $70,176. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Delaware grew from 967,171 to 973,764, a 0.682% increase and its median household income grew from $64,805 to $70,176, a 8.29% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Delaware are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (22%), White (Hispanic) (6.44%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.73%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.62%). 14% of the households in Delaware speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

94.9% of the residents in Delaware are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Delaware are University of Delaware (6,479 degrees awarded in 2019), Wilmington University (3,960 degrees), and Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,904 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Delaware was $261,700, and the homeownership rate was 70.3%. Most people in Delaware drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Delaware was 2 cars per household.

Delaware borders Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Diversity

Delaware is home to a population of 974k people, from which 94.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 21.3% of Delaware residents were born outside of the country (207k people).

In 2019, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (597k people) in Delaware than any other race or ethnicity. There were 214k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 62.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common foreign languages spoken in Delaware are Spanish (65,085 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (8,299 speakers), and Haitian (8,028 speakers).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Delaware
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    597k ± 2.09k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    214k ± 3.08k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    62.7k ± 5.03k
9.59%
Hispanic Population
93.4k people

In 2019, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (597k people) in Delaware than any other race or ethnicity. There were 214k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 62.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.59% of the people in Delaware are hispanic (93.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Delaware as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages
  1. Spanish
    65,085 speakers (7.08%)
  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    8,299 speakers (0.903%)
  3. Haitian
    8,028 speakers (0.873%)

14% of Delaware citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 22%.

In 2019, the most common non-English language spoken in Delaware was Spanish. 7.08% of the overall population of Delaware are native Spanish speakers. 0.903% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 0.873% speak Haitian, the next two most common languages.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

21.3%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
207k people
9.03%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
87.4k people

As of 2019, 21.3% of Delaware residents (207k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Delaware was 9.03%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.7

In 2019, the median age of all people in Delaware was 41.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Delaware are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Delaware residents was 41.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    19,737 ± 3,414 people
  2. India
    11,818 ± 2,653 people
  3. Haiti
    6,418 ± 1,960 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Delaware was Mexico, the natal country of 19,737 Delaware residents, followed by India with 11,818 and Haiti with 6,418.

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Citizenship

94.9%
2019 Citizenship
95%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 94.9% of Delaware residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Delaware was 95%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    24,956 ± 2,137
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    10,946 ± 1,835
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    10,654 ± 1,934

Delaware has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.28 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Delaware, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Delaware (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Delaware. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Delaware.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Delaware across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Delaware is $70,176. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Delaware was New Castle County, DE with a value of $76,328, followed by Sussex County, DE and Kent County, DE, with respective values of $65,155 and $58,001.

Males in Delaware have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,744. The income inequality in Delaware (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Delaware employs 453k people. The largest industries in Delaware are Construction (30,074 people), Elementary & secondary schools (27,140 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (25,749 people), and the highest paying industries are Household appliances & electrical & electronic goods merchant wholesalers ($271,735), Air transportation ($257,524), and Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals ($205,261).

Wages

Median Household Income

$70,176
2019 value
± $1,623
8.29%
1 Year Growth
± 3.09%

Households in Delaware have a median annual income of $70,176, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $64,805 in 2018, which represents a 8.29% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$72,412
Average Male Salary in Delaware
± $3,873
$54,744
Average Female Salary in Delaware
± $2,560

In 2019, full-time male employees in Delaware made 1.32 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Delaware
  1. Asian
    $75,279 ± $13,517
  2. White
    $58,383 ± $2,696
  3. Black
    $43,886 ± $3,235

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Delaware workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.29 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Delaware.

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Wage Distribution

0.459
2019 Wage GINI in Delaware
0.478
2018 Wage GINI in Delaware

In 2019, the income inequality in Delaware was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 4.04% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Delaware was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Delaware in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Delaware across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Delaware was New Castle County, DE with a value of $76,328, followed by Sussex County, DE and Kent County, DE, with respective values of $65,155 and $58,001.

The following map shows all of the counties in Delaware colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Delaware (109k out of 931k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    57,657 ± 1,825
  2. Black
    37,776 ± 1,620
  3. Hispanic
    18,541 ± 1,043

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Delaware is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

453k
2019 Value
0.79%
1 Year growth
± 0.79%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Delaware grew at a rate of 0.79%, from 450k employees to 453k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Delaware, are Registered nurses (14,460 people), Other managers (11,416 people), and Retail salespersons (10,150 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Delaware.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Delaware, by number of employees, are Registered nurses (14,460 people), Other managers (11,416 people), and Retail salespersons (10,150 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Delaware has an unusually high number of residents working as Judicial law clerks (6.89 times higher than expected), Credit analysts (6.44 times), and Chemists & materials scientists (4.97 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Delaware, by average salary, are Dentists ($255,126), Physicians ($231,103), and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers ($229,518).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

453k
2019 Value
0.79%
1 Year growth
± 0.79%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Delaware grew at a rate of 0.79%, from 450k employees to 453k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Delaware, are Construction (30,074 people), Elementary & secondary schools (27,140 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (25,749 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Delaware, though some of these residents may live in Delaware and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Delaware, by number of employees, are Construction (30,074 people), Elementary & secondary schools (27,140 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (25,749 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Delaware has an unusually high number of U. S. Air Force (5.23 times higher than expected), Electric & gas, and other combinations (4.81 times), and Soap, cleaning compound, & cosmetics manufacturing (4.07 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Delaware, by average salary, are Household appliances & electrical & electronic goods merchant wholesalers ($271,735), Air transportation ($257,524), and Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals ($205,261).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Delaware to other states, or from other states to Delaware.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $11B
  2. $6.39B
  3. $4.17B

In 2018, the top outbound Delaware product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $11B, followed by Gasoline ($6.39B) and Crude petroleum ($4.17B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Delaware products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$53B
2018 Value in Delaware
$112B
Projected 2045 Value in Delaware
111% growth

In 2018, total outbound Delaware trade was $53B. This is expected to increase 111% to $112B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Delaware trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Delaware to other states, or from other states to Delaware.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $4.56B
  2. $4.18B
  3. $3.81B

In 2018, the top outbound Delaware domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $4.56B, followed by Pennsylvania with $4.18B and Ohio and $3.81B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Delaware shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Delaware went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 53.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41.9%), followed by Gary Johnson (3.34%). The most partisan county was New Castle County, DE with 62.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Tom Carper and Chris Coons are the senators currently representing the state of Delaware. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Delaware is currently represented by Lisa Blunt Rochester in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Delaware
53.4% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Delaware
  1. 62.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 59.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 49.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Delaware was New Castle County, DE with 62.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Delaware colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Delaware

Tom Carper
Senator from Delaware1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Chris Coons
Senator from Delaware2
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Ted Kaufman, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of Joe Biden, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Tom Carper and Chris Coons are the senators currently representing Delaware.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Delaware over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Delaware

Lisa Blunt Rochester
Delaware at-large Representative
Democratic Party

Delaware is currently represented by Lisa Blunt Rochester (Democratic Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Delaware have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Delaware awarded 14,956 degrees. The student population of Delaware is skewed towards women, with 23,254 male students and 38,171 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Delaware are White (8,513 and 63.4%), followed by Black or African American (2,546 and 18.9%), Hispanic or Latino (1,042 and 7.75%), and Asian (510 and 3.8%).

The largest universities in Delaware by number of degrees awarded are University of Delaware (6,479 and 43.3%), Wilmington University (3,960 and 26.5%), and Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,904 and 12.7%).

The most popular majors in Delaware are Registered Nursing (1,124 and 7.52%), General Business Administration & Management (1,013 and 6.77%), and General Finance (496 and 3.32%).

The median tuition costs in Delaware are $24,780 for private four year colleges, and $7,361 and $16,397 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 345 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 784 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 365 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Delaware was General Finance with 345 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Delaware according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,479 degrees awarded
  2. 3,960 degrees awarded
  3. 1,904 degrees awarded
$7,361
Median In-State Public
$24,780
Median Private

In 2019, the Delaware institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Delaware with 6,479 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,577
Degrees Awarded to Men
9,379
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 5,577 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Delaware, which is 0.595 times less than the 9,379 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Delaware by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,513 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    2,546 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,042 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Delaware was White students. These 8,513 degrees mean that there were 3.34 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,546 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Delaware was $261,700 in 2019, which is 1.09 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $255,300 to $261,700, a 2.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Delaware is 70.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Delaware have an average commute time of 25.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Delaware is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$261,700
2019 Median
± $4,816
$255,300
2018 Median
± $5,345

In 2019, the median property value in Delaware grew to to $261,700 from the previous year's value of $255,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Delaware compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Delaware the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$70,176
Median Household Income
± $1,623
376k
Number of Households
± 10,491

In 2019, the median household income of the 376k households in Delaware grew to $70,176 from the previous year's value of $64,805.

The following chart displays the households in Delaware distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Delaware distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Delaware the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

70.3%
2019 Homeownership
71%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 70.3% of the housing units in Delaware were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 71%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Delaware compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Delaware have a shorter commute time (25.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 3.32% of the workforce in Delaware have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (80.7%)
  2. Carpooled (8.54%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.16%)

In 2019, 80.7% of workers in Delaware drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.54%) and those who worked at home (5.16%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Delaware distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Delaware have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

93.4% of the population of Delaware has health coverage, with 47.8% on employee plans, 16.6% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 1.92% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Delaware was $10,254 in 2014. This is a 5% increase from the previous year ($9,766).

Primary care physicians in Delaware see 1334 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.17% decrease from the previous year (1392 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2041 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 354 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.9%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,334 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Delaware

Primary care physicians in Delaware see an average of 1,334 patients per year. This represents a 4.17% decrease from the previous year (1,392 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Delaware in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$10,254
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Delaware
$4,806
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,921
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,460
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Delaware (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5%, from $9,766 to $10,254.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.56%
Uninsured
47.8%
Employer Coverage
16.6%
Medicaid
13.6%
Medicare
13.5%
Non-Group
1.92%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Delaware grew by 15.8% from 5.67% to 6.56%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Delaware changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 13.9% prevalence
  2. 12.9% prevalence
  3. 10.6% prevalence

Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Delaware, at 13.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Delaware by county over multiple years.

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