Kent County, DE

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2019 Population
176,699
1.07% 1-year growth
US Senator
Tom Carper
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Coons
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
37.7
0.266% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
13.5%
0.373% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$60,910
3.63% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$220,600
3.13% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
79,883
0.82% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Kent County, DE had a population of 177k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $60,910. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Kent County, DE grew from 174,822 to 176,699, a 1.07% increase and its median household income grew from $58,775 to $60,910, a 3.63% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kent County, DE are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.1%), White (Hispanic) (4.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.43%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.99%). 0% of the households in Kent County, DE speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 97.1% of the residents in Kent County, DE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kent County, DE are Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,904 degrees awarded in 2019), Delaware State University (765 degrees), and Wesley College (252 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Kent County, DE was $220,600, and the homeownership rate was 69.1%. Most people in Kent County, DE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Kent County, DE was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Delaware. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Delaware.

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Community Mobility

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Diversity

Kent County, DE is home to a population of 177k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 13.8% of Kent County, DE residents were born outside of the country (24.4k people).

In 2019, there were 2.45 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (109k people) in Kent County, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 44.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 8.12k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kent County, DE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    109k ± 121
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    44.4k ± 695
  3. White (Hispanic)
    8.12k ± 659
7.07%
Hispanic Population
12.5k people

In 2019, there were 2.45 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (109k people) in Kent County, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 44.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 8.12k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.07% of the people in Kent County, DE are hispanic (12.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Kent County, DE as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
24.4k people
5.67%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
9.91k people

As of 2019, 13.8% of Kent County, DE residents (24.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kent County, DE was 5.67%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2

In 2019, the median age of all people in Kent County, DE was 37.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Kent County, DE are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Kent County, DE residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    16,576 ± 3,133 people
  2. India
    11,316 ± 2,596 people
  3. China
    5,632 ± 1,837 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Delaware was Mexico, the natal country of 16,576 Delaware residents, followed by India with 11,316 and China with 5,632.

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Citizenship

97.1%
2019 Citizenship
97.2%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 97.1% of Kent County, DE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Kent County, DE was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,279 ± 440
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,630 ± 585
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,101 ± 412

Kent County, DE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Kent County, DE is $60,910. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Kent County, DE was Census Tract 417.02 with a value of $95,556, followed by Census Tract 418.02 and Census Tract 401, with respective values of $85,010 and $75,194.

Males in Delaware have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,558. The income inequality in Delaware (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Kent County, DE employs 79.9k people. The largest industries in Kent County, DE are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,915 people), Retail Trade (10,780 people), and Public Administration (7,729 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($68,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,607), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,800).

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,910
2019 value
± $1,897
3.63%
1 Year Growth
± 4.16%

Households in Kent County, DE have a median annual income of $60,910, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,775 in 2018, which represents a 3.63% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,792
Average Male Salary in Delaware
± $3,969
$55,558
Average Female Salary in Delaware
± $2,960

In 2019, full-time male employees in Delaware made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Delaware by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Delaware
  1. Asian
    $75,832 ± $15,047
  2. White
    $56,704 ± $2,749
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $56,209 ± $58,034

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Delaware workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.34 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Delaware.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kent County, DE is from Delaware.
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in Delaware
0.46
2018 Wage GINI in Delaware

In 2019, the income inequality in Delaware was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.29% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Delaware was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Delaware in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 417.02
  2. Census Tract 418.02
  3. Census Tract 401

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kent County, DE was Census Tract 417.02 with a value of $95,556, followed by Census Tract 418.02 and Census Tract 401, with respective values of $85,010 and $75,194.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Kent County, DE colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kent County, DE (23.1k out of 171k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    11,704 ± 805
  2. Black
    8,148 ± 740
  3. Hispanic
    2,750 ± 373

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kent County, DE is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

79.9k
2019 Value
± 2,140
0.82%
1 Year growth
± 3.79%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Kent County, DE grew at a rate of 0.82%, from 79.2k employees to 79.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kent County, DE, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,399 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,755 people), and Management Occupations (6,523 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kent County, DE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Kent County, DE, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,399 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,755 people), and Management Occupations (6,523 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kent County, DE has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.24 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.45 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.26 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Kent County, DE, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($75,781), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($69,107), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,521).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

79.9k
2019 Value
± 2,140
0.82%
1 Year growth
± 3.79%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Kent County, DE grew at a rate of 0.82%, from 79.2k employees to 79.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kent County, DE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,915 people), Retail Trade (10,780 people), and Public Administration (7,729 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kent County, DE, though some of these residents may live in Kent County, DE and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Kent County, DE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,915 people), Retail Trade (10,780 people), and Public Administration (7,729 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Kent County, DE has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.1 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.21 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Kent County, DE, by median earnings, are Utilities ($68,750), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,607), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,800).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Delaware to other states, or from other states to Delaware.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $11B
  2. $6.39B
  3. $4.17B

In 2018, the top outbound Delaware product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $11B, followed by Gasoline ($6.39B) and Crude petroleum ($4.17B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Delaware products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$53B
2018 Value in Delaware
$112B
Projected 2045 Value in Delaware
111% growth

In 2018, total outbound Delaware trade was $53B. This is expected to increase 111% to $112B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Delaware trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Delaware to other states, or from other states to Delaware.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $4.56B
  2. $4.18B
  3. $3.81B

In 2018, the top outbound Delaware domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $4.56B, followed by Pennsylvania with $4.18B and Ohio and $3.81B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Delaware shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Kent County, DE went to Donald J. Trump with 49.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (44.7%), followed by Other (5.71%). The most partisan county was New Castle County, DE with 62.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Tom Carper and Chris Coons are the senators currently representing the state of Delaware. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Kent County, DE is currently represented by Lisa Blunt Rochester in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Kent County, DE
49.6% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Delaware
  1. 62.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 59.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 49.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Delaware was New Castle County, DE with 62.1% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Delaware colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Delaware

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Tom Carper
Senator from Delaware1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Chris Coons
Senator from Delaware2
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Ted Kaufman, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of Joe Biden, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Tom Carper and Chris Coons are the senators currently representing Delaware.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Delaware over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Kent County, DE

Lisa Blunt Rochester
Delaware at-large Representative
Democratic Party

Kent County, DE is currently represented by Lisa Blunt Rochester (Democratic Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Kent County, DE have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Kent County, DE awarded 3,197 degrees. The student population of Kent County, DE is skewed towards women, with 7,154 male students and 12,932 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kent County, DE are White (1,484 and 47.6%), followed by Black or African American (1,079 and 34.6%), Hispanic or Latino (281 and 9.01%), and Two or More Races (114 and 3.66%).

The largest universities in Kent County, DE by number of degrees awarded are Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (1,904 and 59.6%), Delaware State University (765 and 23.9%), and Wesley College (252 and 7.88%).

The most popular majors in Kent County, DE are Registered Nursing (388 and 12.1%), General Business Administration & Management (198 and 6.19%), and General Human Services (162 and 5.07%).

The median tuition costs in Kent County, DE are $26,406 for private four year colleges, and $5,968 and $13,918 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 105 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 286 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 162 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Kent County, DE was General Business Administration & Management with 105 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Kent County, DE according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,904 degrees awarded
  2. 765 degrees awarded
  3. 252 degrees awarded
$5,968
Median In-State Public
$26,406
Median Private

In 2019, the Kent County, DE institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delaware Technical Community College-Terry with 1,904 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,148
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,049
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,148 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kent County, DE, which is 0.56 times less than the 2,049 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Kent County, DE by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,484 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,079 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    281 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Kent County, DE was White students. These 1,484 degrees mean that there were 1.38 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,079 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kent County, DE was $220,600 in 2019, which is 0.917 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $213,900 to $220,600, a 3.13% increase. The homeownership rate in Kent County, DE is 69.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Kent County, DE have an average commute time of 25.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kent County, DE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$220,600
2019 Median
± $3,934
$213,900
2018 Median
± $3,895

In 2019, the median property value in Kent County, DE grew to to $220,600 from the previous year's value of $213,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Kent County, DE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kent County, DE the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$60,910
Median Household Income
± $1,897
65.8k
Number of Households
± 1,874

In 2019, the median household income of the 65.8k households in Kent County, DE grew to $60,910 from the previous year's value of $58,775.

The following chart displays the households in Kent County, DE distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Kent County, DE distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kent County, DE the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.1%
2019 Homeownership
69%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 69.1% of the housing units in Kent County, DE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Kent County, DE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kent County, DE have a shorter commute time (25.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.76% of the workforce in Kent County, DE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (9.24%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.09%)

In 2019, 82.4% of workers in Kent County, DE drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.24%) and those who worked at home (4.09%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Kent County, DE distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Kent County, DE have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

92.9% of the population of Kent County, DE has health coverage, with 41.6% on employee plans, 20% on Medicaid, 11.3% on Medicare, 15.2% on non-group plans, and 4.8% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Delaware was $10,254 in 2014. This is a 5% increase from the previous year ($9,766).

Primary care physicians in Kent County, DE see 2126 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.39% decrease from the previous year (2156 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2288 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 540 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.9%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,126 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Kent County, DE

Primary care physicians in Kent County, DE see an average of 2,126 patients per year. This represents a 1.39% decrease from the previous year (2,156 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Kent County, DE in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$10,254
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Delaware
$4,806
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,921
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,460
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Delaware (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5%, from $9,766 to $10,254.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.11%
Uninsured
41.6%
Employer Coverage
20%
Medicaid
11.3%
Medicare
15.2%
Non-Group
4.8%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kent County, DE grew by 1.71% from 6.99% to 7.11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Kent County, DE changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 13.9% prevalence
  2. 12.9% prevalence
  3. 10.6% prevalence

Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Delaware, at 13.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Delaware by county over multiple years.

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