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 21,897 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Middletown is the fifth largest community in Delaware. Much of the housing stock in Middletown was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Middletown economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Middletown, where the median household income is $87,375.00.
Middletown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.78% 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 (18.08%), office and administrative support (14.16%), and teaching (11.12%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.52% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Middletown, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.15 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The population of Middletown is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.74% of adults in Middletown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Middletown in 2010 was $37,091, which is upper middle income relative to Delaware, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $148,364 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 Irish, Italian, German, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Middletown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.