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 $1.7 billion tourism industry bolsters Delaware’s economy, while its $921 million agriculture industry leads the nation in broiler production. 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 : 1,197

    Number of Jobs : 9,156

    Average Salary : $48,426

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  • Education and Health Services

    Number of Establishments : 1,091

    Number of Jobs : 18,210

    Average Salary : $49,917

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  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities

    Number of Establishments : 1,647

    Number of Jobs : 18,158

    Average Salary : $35,050

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  • Manufacturing

    Number of Establishments : 155

    Number of Jobs : 10,906

    Average Salary : $44,885

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  • Leisure and Hospitality

    Number of Establishments : 800

    Number of Jobs : 18,864

    Average Salary : $22,185

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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

  • 225,322

    population

  • 101,483

    labor force

  • 3.5%

    unemployment rate

  • $61,985

    median household income

  • 28.8%

    population has bachelor's degree or higher

Infrastructure

  • 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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