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1.89% growth
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Median Household Income
0.87% growth
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Number of Employees
1.8% growth
Median Property Value
1.36% growth

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The economy of Sussex County, DE employs 91,864 people. The economy of Sussex County, DE is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Construction; and Retail trade, which employ respectively 1.45; 1.44; and 1.26 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Sussex County, DE are Healthcare & Social Assistance (14,036), Retail trade (13,348), and Manufacturing (9,020), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($56,678), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,370), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($43,188).

Median household income in Sussex County, DE is $54,218. Males in Sussex County, DE have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,392. The income inequality of Sussex County, DE (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Sussex County, DE. In Sussex County, DE the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 65-74 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 66 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,874. New Castle County, DE has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Delaware.


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Sussex County, DE is home to a population of 211,224 people, from which 96.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Sussex County, DE is composed of 158,057 White residents (74.8%), 25,948 Black residents (12.3%), 19,424 Hispanic residents (9.2%), 3,953 Two+ residents (1.87%), and 2,379 Asian residents (1.13%). The most common foreign languages in Sussex County, DE are Spanish (14,709 speakers), French Creole (1,133 speakers), and French (585 speakers), but compared to other places, Sussex County, DE has a relative high number of French Creole (1,133 speakers), Greek (163 speakers), and French (585 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Sussex County, DE awarded 60 degrees. The student population of Sussex County, DE is skewed towards females, with 1 male students and 59 female students. Most students in Sussex County, DE are White (51 and 85%), followed by Black or African American (5 and 8.33%), Hispanic or Latino (2 and 3.33%), and Asian (2 and 3.33%). The largest universities in Sussex County, DE by number of graduates are Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology (44 and 73.3%), Beebe Medical Center Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing (16 and 26.7%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Sussex County, DE are General Cosmetology (28 and 46.7%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The median tuition costs in Sussex County, DE are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sussex County, DE is $231,600, which is 1.13 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $228,500 to $231,600, a 1.36% increase. The homeownership rate of Sussex County, DE is 77.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Sussex County, DE have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sussex County, DE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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