Sussex County, DE

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Population
219,540
1.85% 1-year growth
US Senator
Tom Carper
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Coons
Democratic Party
Median Age
49

Poverty Rate
11.7%

Median Household Income
$60,853
5.1% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$248,900
2.47% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
97,523
3.45% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Sussex County, DE had a population of 220k people with a median age of 49 and a median household income of $60,853. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Sussex County, DE grew from 215,551 to 219,540, a 1.85% increase and its median household income grew from $57,901 to $60,853, a 5.1% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sussex County, DE are White (Non-Hispanic) (75%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.2%), White (Hispanic) (7.33%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.92%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.31%). NaNk% of the people in Sussex County, DE speak a non-English language, and 95.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sussex County, DE are Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology (39 degrees awarded in 2017) and Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center (17 degrees).

The median property value in Sussex County, DE is $248,900, and the homeownership rate is 79.6%. Most people in Sussex County, DE commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Sussex County, DE is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Delaware (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Delaware across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Delaware went to Donald J. Trump with 59.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (37.1%), followed by Other (3.83%). 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.

Sussex County, DE is currently represented by N/A N/A 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Delaware
59.1% 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

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.

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US Representatives from N/A

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

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Diversity

Sussex County, DE is home to a population of 220k people, from which 95.9% are citizens. As of 2018, 7.15% of Sussex County, DE residents were born outside of the country (15.7k people).

In 2018, there were 6.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (165k people) in Sussex County, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 16.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sussex County, DE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    165k ± 209
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    26.7k ± 466
  3. White (Hispanic)
    16.1k ± 782
9.14%
Hispanic Population
20.1k people

In 2018, there were 6.16 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (165k people) in Sussex County, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 16.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.14% of the people in Sussex County, DE are hispanic (20.1k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.15%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
15.7k people
7.22%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
15.6k people

As of 2018, 7.15% of Sussex County, DE residents (15.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sussex County, DE was 7.22%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

50
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Sussex County, DE was 49. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 50, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Sussex County, DE are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Sussex County, DE residents was 48.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    16,081 ± 3,087 people
  2. India
    11,282 ± 2,592 people
  3. China
    5,479 ± 1,812 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Delaware was Mexico, the natal country of 16,081 Delaware residents, followed by India with 11,282 and China with 5,479.

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Citizenship

95.9%
2018 Citizenship
95.8%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.9% of Sussex County, DE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Sussex County, DE was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    8,310 ± 428
  2. Korea
    1,705 ± 237
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,610 ± 244

Sussex County, DE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.87 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Sussex County, DE is $60,853. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Sussex County, DE was Census Tract 511.01 with a value of $131,875, followed by Census Tract 511.03 and Census Tract 512.04, with respective values of $102,955 and $90,000.

Males in Delaware have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,179. The income inequality in Delaware (measured using the Gini index) is 0.454, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Sussex County, DE employs 97.5k people. The largest industries in Sussex County, DE are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,320 people), Retail Trade (13,578 people), and Construction (9,644 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($68,125), Utilities ($53,523), and Information ($53,103).

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,853
2018 value
± $1,224
5.1%
1 Year Growth
± 2.86%

Households in Sussex County, DE have a median annual income of $60,853, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $57,901 in 2017, which represents a 5.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,884
Average Male Salary in Delaware
± $3,695
$52,179
Average Female Salary in Delaware
± $2,576

In 2017, 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
    $68,064 ± $11,800
  2. White
    $53,447 ± $2,550
  3. Black
    $42,061 ± $3,431

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Delaware workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.27 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 Sussex County, DE is from Delaware.
0.454
2017 Wage GINI in Delaware
0.447
2016 Wage GINI in Delaware

In 2017, the income inequality in Delaware was 0.454 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.5% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Delaware was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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 511.01
  2. Census Tract 511.03
  3. Census Tract 512.04

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sussex County, DE was Census Tract 511.01 with a value of $131,875, followed by Census Tract 511.03 and Census Tract 512.04, with respective values of $102,955 and $90,000.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sussex 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

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sussex County, DE (25.3k out of 216k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    16,679 ± 920
  2. Black
    6,046 ± 536
  3. Hispanic
    5,149 ± 515

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sussex 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

97.5k
2018 Value
± 2,090
3.45%
1 Year growth
± 2.95%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Sussex County, DE grew at a rate of 3.45%, from 94.3k employees to 97.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sussex County, DE, are Sales & Related Occupations (11,954 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,425 people), and Management Occupations (10,072 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sussex County, DE.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sussex County, DE, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (11,954 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,425 people), and Management Occupations (10,072 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sussex County, DE has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.35 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.32 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sussex County, DE, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($86,932), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,594), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($62,478).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

97.5k
2018 Value
± 2,090
3.45%
1 Year growth
± 2.95%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Sussex County, DE grew at a rate of 3.45%, from 94.3k employees to 97.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sussex County, DE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,320 people), Retail Trade (13,578 people), and Construction (9,644 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sussex County, DE, though some of these residents may live in Sussex 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 Sussex County, DE, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,320 people), Retail Trade (13,578 people), and Construction (9,644 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sussex County, DE has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.69 times higher than expected), Construction (1.54 times), and Public Administration (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sussex County, DE, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($68,125), Utilities ($53,523), and Information ($53,103).

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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. $12.1B
  2. $5.16B
  3. $5.09B

In 2015, the top outbound Delaware product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $12.1B, followed by Basic chemicals ($5.16B) and Gasoline ($5.09B).

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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$45.8B
2015 Value in Delaware
$80.6B
Projected 2045 Value in Delaware
75.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Delaware trade was $45.8B. This is expected to increase 75.9% to $80.6B 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. $5.19B
  2. $4.06B
  3. $3.03B

In 2015, the top outbound Delaware domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $5.19B, followed by Ohio with $4.06B and Pennsylvania and $3.03B.

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

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Education

In 2017, universities in Sussex County, DE awarded 56 degrees. The student population of Sussex County, DE is skewed towards women, with 7 male students and 91 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sussex County, DE are White (45 and 80.4%), followed by Black or African American (5 and 8.93%), Hispanic or Latino (4 and 7.14%), and Asian (2 and 3.57%).

The largest universities in Sussex County, DE by number of degrees awarded are Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology (39 and 69.6%) and Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center (17 and 30.4%).

The most popular majors in Sussex County, DE are General Cosmetology (26 and 46.4%), Registered Nursing (17 and 30.4%), and Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (13 and 23.2%).

The median tuition costs in Sussex County, DE are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. 26 degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Sussex County, DE was N/A with N/A degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Sussex County, DE according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 39 degrees awarded
  2. 17 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Sussex County, DE institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology with 39 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

9
Degrees Awarded to Men
47
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 9 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sussex County, DE, which is 0.191 times less than the 47 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    45 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    5 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    4 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Sussex County, DE were to White students. These 45 degrees mean that there were 9 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 5 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sussex County, DE was $248,900 in 2018, which is 1.08 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $242,900 to $248,900, a 2.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Sussex County, DE is 79.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sussex County, DE have an average commute time of 24.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sussex County, DE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$248,900
2018 Median
± $3,628
$242,900
2017 Median
± $4,185

In 2018, the median property value in Sussex County, DE grew to to $248,900 from the previous year's value of $242,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sussex 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 Sussex County, DE the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

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$60,853
Median Household Income
± $1,224
89.4k
Number of Households
± 1,811

In 2018, the median household income of the 89.4k households in Sussex County, DE grew to $60,853 from the previous year's value of $57,901.

The following chart displays the households in Sussex 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
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

79.6%
2018 Homeownership
79.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 79.6% of the housing units in Sussex County, DE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 79.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sussex County, DE compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sussex County, DE have a shorter commute time (24.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.86% of the workforce in Sussex County, DE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    83.1%
  2. Carpooled
    7.24%
  3. Worked At Home
    6.58%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Sussex County, DE was Drove Alone (83.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.24%) and those who Worked At Home (6.58%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

92.9% of the population of Sussex County, DE has health coverage, with 39.7% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 20% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 1.11% 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 Sussex County, DE see 1529 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.791% increase from the previous year (1517 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4005 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 612 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.7%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,529 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Sussex County, DE

Primary care physicians in Sussex County, DE see an average of 1,529 patients per year. This represents a 0.791% increase from the previous year (1,517 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sussex 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

7.07%
Uninsured
39.7%
Employer Coverage
17.9%
Medicaid
20%
Medicare
14.3%
Non-Group
1.11%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sussex County, DE declined by 9.39% from 7.8% to 7.07%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sussex 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. 13.7% prevalence
  2. 13.5% prevalence
  3. 9.8% prevalence

Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Delaware, at 13.7%.

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

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