Middletown is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 20,876 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Middletown is the fifth largest community in Delaware. Middletown has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Middletown, where the median household income is $87,250.00.
Middletown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.92% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Middletown is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Middletown who work in management occupations (16.77%), office and administrative support (12.53%), and teaching (9.99%).
Also of interest is that Middletown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.24% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Middletown is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Middletown, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.20 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Middletown is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Middletown, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The citizens of Middletown are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.81% of adults in Middletown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Middletown in 2010 was $33,511, which is upper middle income relative to Delaware, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $134,044 for a family of four.
Middletown is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Middletown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Middletown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Middletown include German, Italian, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Middletown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.