Elsmere, DE
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Elsmere is a somewhat small town located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 6,146 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Elsmere is the 12th largest community in Delaware.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Elsmere is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Elsmere is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Elsmere who work in office and administrative support (16.83%), food service (11.40%), and sales jobs (10.55%).

Even though Elsmere is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The percentage of adults in Elsmere with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.94% of adults in Elsmere have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Elsmere in 2010 was $22,481, which is lower middle income relative to Delaware, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,924 for a family of four. However, Elsmere contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Elsmere is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Elsmere home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elsmere residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Elsmere also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 25.72% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Elsmere include Italian, German, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Elsmere is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.