Demographics - Kent County, Delaware

1970 to 2015 -The changing face of Kent County

Kent County has changed substantially during the past 45 years. Nobody knows this better than those who've been here longer than that, but even in the last 10 to 15 years a lot of positive changes have come to the area. It also appears that this trend will continue in the future. A few statistics illustrate the changes.

Population  
1970 1980 1990 2009 2015  
81,892 98,219 110,993 126,627 171,987  
Number of People Employed  
1970 1980 1990 2009 2015  
28,000 41,400 55,300 70,238 82,341  
Per Capita Income (in 2000 dollars)  
1970 1980 1990 2008 2010 2013
13,132 15,292 20,487 24,195 24,194 24,881

Looking at the 2013 numbers in all three categories, it's easy to see that more people are living and working in Kent County and earning a better living than at any time in the past.

It has been the goal of our economic development efforts to increase the quality of life of Kent County citizens while preserving our heritage. This is not always an easy proposition and requires trade-offs and compromises, trying to balance the things that are going to benefit people with the ones that also might have a detrimental effect on them.

Kent County enjoys a diverse economy: Agriculture, Services, Retail, Health Care, Gaming & Entertainment and Manufacturing account for the majority of the private sector employment. Government both state local and federal is the largest single employer. Kent County and Dover in particular have become employment and shopping magnets attracting both workers and shoppers from all over Delmarva. What is amazing is that the number of persons employed increased by almost 250 % while the population grew at almost 65 % indicating sharp growht in the number of jobs available in the County. Even more impressive is what has been accomplished in the area of per capita income. The per capita income in Kent County has increased by 55 %, placing Kent County second behind New Castle. The result is a better quality of life for all residents.

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