New Castle County

A High-Impact Hub of Economic Activity

Home to Wilmington, an Innovator in Business, Finance, Life Sciences and Manufacturing

Encompassing nearly 60 percent of the state’s population, New Castle County, Delaware embodies a unique culture of innovation that dates to the founding of the DuPont Company. Few areas are as centrally located with easy access to international airports and an Amtrak hub. New Castle County offers a distinctively affordable variety of lifestyle choices from urban settings to charming small towns. Key industries in Delaware, including financial services, manufacturing and more make New Castle County Delaware’s busiest corporate cluster, where global names like DuPont, Solenis, J.P. Morgan Chase and Adesis chose to operate.

No matter the industry sector, all New Castle County companies benefit from a no-wrong-door policy, business-friendly approach, central location, proximity to major East Coast cities, robust infrastructure, educated workforce, internationally trusted business law system, favorable tax and regulatory climate.

Major Industries

  • Professional and Business Services

    Number of Establishments : 6,682

    Number of Jobs : 47,363

    Average Salary : $92,390

  • Financial Activities

    Number of Establishments : 1,863

    Number of Jobs : 42,272

    Average Salary : $101,557

  • Education and Health Services

    Number of Establishments : 3,302

    Number of Jobs : 53,034

    Average Salary : $57,314

  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities

    Number of Establishments : 4,000

    Number of Jobs : 48,484

    Average Salary : $44,560

  • Leisure and Hospitality

    Number of Establishments : 1,490

    Number of Jobs : 29,786

    Average Salary : $20,812


Notable Employers

Universities and Colleges

Delaware State University

Delaware Technical and Community College

Goldey-Beacom College

University of Delaware

Widener University

Wilmington University

Quality of Life

  • 22 min
    average commute

  • 16+ country clubs

  • 22+ fitness clubs

  • 11+ breweries

  • 20 golf courses

  • 15 public libraries

  • 16 museums

  • 21 parks and state parks

  • 56 trails

County Demographics

  • 12


  • Major Cities

    Delaware City, New Castle, Newark, Wilmington

  • 559,335


  • 301,422

    labor force

  • 3.3%

    unemployment rate

  • $69,479

    median household income

  • 35.4%

    population has bachelor’s degree or higher


  • Port Wilmington

  • Wilmington Airport & Delaware Airpark

  • I-95 the nation’s preeminent north-south corridor

  • 35+ highways

  • 2 freight railroads: CSX and Norfolk Southern

  • 2 commuter rail services: Amtrak and SEPTA Regional Rail

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