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 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 : 6,233
Number of Jobs : 50,916
Average Salary : $92,042
Financial Activities
Number of Establishments : 1,797
Number of Jobs : 44,009
Average Salary : $103,194
Education and Health Services
Number of Establishments : 3,078
Number of Jobs : 76,196
Average Salary : $58,200
Trade, Transportation and Utilities
Number of Establishments : 3,850
Number of Jobs : 54,134
Average Salary : $44,110
Leisure and Hospitality
Number of Establishments : 1,414
Number of Jobs : 31,474
Average Salary : $20,626
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 Cities/Towns
  • Major Cities Delaware City, New Castle, Newark, Wilmington
  • 559,793 population
  • 302,297 labor force
  • 3.5% unemployment rate
  • $66,647 median household income
  • 35.2% population has bachelor's degree or higher
Infrastructure
  • Port of 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