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. 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 $87,250.00.
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.
One of the nice things about Middletown is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Middletown is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Middletown area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
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: 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.