Delaware December 22, 2016
Here Are The 10 Poorest Cities In Delaware
Delware, as a whole, is the ninth richest state in the country. With proximity to large cities for urban jobs and relatively low housing costs in the state’s many small towns, it’s easy to see why many people choose Delaware as a financially sound place to live. However, despite Delaware’s low tax rates and relatively low cost of living (higher than Virginia’s, but lower than neighboring Maryland and New Jersey), there are still some cities where expenses and salaries don’t quite even out. Below is a list of the ten poorest cities in Delaware, ranked by percentage of the population living below poverty level. You can find the data used to create this list
here. Do any of these surprise you?
14.5% of Laurel's residents fall below the poverty line, though you wouldn't know it if you walked through this charming river town.
Just under 15% of Ellendale's residents live below the poverty line, but that doesn't stop them from enjoying the amenities and hometown restaurants and pubs that the town offers. If you want to see a sense of community in the First State, spend some time in this small town.
8. Delaware City
15% of Delaware City's 1600+ year-round residents live below the poverty line, but the city itself has been focused on major development projects and is trying to improve life within its limits.
7. Saint Georges
Delaware's smallest towns seem to have it rough in the current economic climate - at least, 17% of Hartley's population would agree.
Though Harrington is bustling and propserous as a town during the State Fair, year round, the picture is not so complete. 18% of Harrington's residents live below the poverty line.
Hartley is Delaware's tiniest community, and it was recently at risk of dissolving. It has no government, but plenty of town spirit, particularly around the holidays. Though it is a prideful, historic community, almost 19% of its residents live below the poverty line.
Kenton is another tiny Delaware town in the Dover metropolitan area, and it falls just below Seaford with 20% of its residents living below the poverty line.
Seaford is the largest town on our list, but of the 21,000+ residents, 21% live below the poverty line.
2. Port Penn
Tiny Port Penn has fewer than 200 residents, but about 22% of those who do live there, live below the poverty line.
Despite being a major manufacturing and agriculture hub, Bridgeville itself is the poorest city in Delaware, with just about 25% of its 6,000+ residents living below the poverty line.
Now, it’s true that money does not buy happiness, and some of the poorest cities in Delaware have made our lists of the
happiest places in Delaware, safest places in Delaware, and even our list of small towns in Delaware with amazing restaurants.