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 upholds Delaware’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
Education and Health Services
Number of Establishments : 1,091
Number of Jobs : 18,210
Average Salary : $49,917
Trade, Transportation and Utilities
Number of Establishments : 1,647
Number of Jobs : 18,158
Average Salary : $35,050
Manufacturing
Number of Establishments : 155
Number of Jobs : 10,906
Average Salary : $44,885
Leisure and Hospitality
Number of Establishments : 800
Number of Jobs : 18,864
Average Salary : $22,185
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