Sussex County

The Best of All Worlds

Our Southernmost County Combines a Diverse Mix of Industries, Landscapes and Charm That’s Welcoming to All

Effortlessly blending scenic beach towns, valuable farmlands and forward-thinking cities, Sussex County, Delaware upholds the state’s commitment to innovation, while bringing a distinct regional allure.

As the home of Delaware’s “Culinary Coast,” Sussex County’s $2.15 billion tourism industry bolsters Delaware’s economy, and with $830 million in sales in 2017, Sussex County leads the nation in poultry and egg sales. Rounded out by strong educational institutions, fast-growing R&D and Fortune 500 companies that attract today’s top talent, Sussex County’s versatile economy truly has it all.

Major Industries

  • Professional and Business Services

    Number of Establishments : 1,406

    Number of Jobs : 8,328

    Average Salary : $46,307

  • Education and Health Services

    Number of Establishments : 1,097

    Number of Jobs : 12,371

    Average Salary : $55,323

  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities

    Number of Establishments : 1,736

    Number of Jobs : 16,196

    Average Salary : $36,367

  • Manufacturing

    Number of Establishments : 162

    Number of Jobs : 10,524

    Average Salary : $46,425

  • Leisure and Hospitality

    Number of Establishments : 837

    Number of Jobs : 14,898

    Average Salary : $21,729


Universities and Colleges

Delaware State University

Delaware Technical and Community College

University of Delaware

Wilmington University

Quality of Life

  • 24 min

    average commute

  • 25 miles

    of beaches

  • 5

    state parks

  • 9

    craft breweries, distilleries and wineries

  • 14

    public libraries

  • 17

    golf courses

  • 1

    national wildlife refuge

  • 200+

    days of sunshine on average

County Demographics

  • 25

    cities and towns

  • Major Cities

    Lewes, Milford, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford

  • 229,286


  • 106,540

    labor force

  • 4.0%

    unemployment rate

  • $60,277

    median household income

  • 27.8%

    population has bachelor’s degree or higher


  • Delaware Coastal Airport

  • 90-minute drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia

  • <2 hours from Port of Wilmington

  • Nanticoke River links to Chesapeake Bay

  • Norfolk Southern connects to CSX

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