Townsend, DE
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Townsend is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Delaware. With a population of 2,177 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Townsend is the 23rd largest community in Delaware. Townsend 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 Townsend, where the median household income is $102,057.00.

Housing costs in Townsend are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Delaware.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Townsend is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Townsend is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Townsend who work in office and administrative support (14.57%), management occupations (12.40%), and healthcare (9.71%).

Also of interest is that Townsend has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Townsend is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Townsend really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Townsend perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Townsend 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.

One downside of living in Townsend, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.11 minutes every day commuting to work.

The education level of Townsend citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.41% of adults in Townsend have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Townsend in 2010 was $27,012, which is upper middle income relative to Delaware and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,048 for a family of four.

Townsend is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Townsend home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Townsend residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Townsend include German, Italian, Polish, and English.

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

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