Kent County

Legacy, Commerce and Culture

Primed for Growth, Central Delaware Offers a Talented Workforce and a Competitive Business Environment

Located in the center of the state, Kent County, Delaware sits halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., offering easy access to more than one-third of the nation’s population.

Here, Delaware businesses find a well-trained workforce, a low tax burden, below average construction costs and affordable real estate. In Kent County, there is also ample space to grow, thanks to new opportunities like the Kent County Emerging Enterprise Development Center. After work, Kent County residents enjoy the region’s notable heritage and scenic landscape, including quaint towns, farm-to-table cuisine and unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities.

Read on to learn more about Kent County, the heartland of Delaware.

Major Industries

  • Education and Health Services

    Number of Establishments : 871

    Number of Jobs : 16,512

    Average Salary : $44,570

  • Professional and Business Services

    Number of Establishments : 756

    Number of Jobs : 6,479

    Average Salary : $52,117

  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities

    Number of Establishments : 883

    Number of Jobs : 14,385

    Average Salary : $35,778

  • Leisure and Hospitality

    Number of Establishments : 350

    Number of Jobs : 9,237

    Average Salary : $21,735

  • Manufacturing

    Number of Establishments : 60

    Number of Jobs : 4,907

    Average Salary : $53,054


Universities and Colleges

Delaware State University

Delaware Technical and Community College

University of Delaware

Wesley College

Wilmington University

Quality of Life

  • 5


  • 11

    lakes and ponds

  • 3

    country clubs

  • 6

    fitness clubs

  • 10


  • Dover Downs Casino
  • Dover International Speedway

County Demographics

  • 20

    cities and towns

  • Major Cities

    Dover, Harrington, Milford

  • 176,824


  • 79,444

    labor force

  • 3.8%

    unemployment rate

  • $57,608

    median household income

  • 23.3%

    population has bachelor's degree or higher


  • Dover Air Force Base

  • 15+ highways

  • DART First State bus service

  • 2 freight lines from Delmarva Central Railroad

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