Delaware Demographics

Demographics of Delaware

Demographics of Delaware (csv)
By Race White Black AIAN* Asian NHPI*
2000 (total population) 77.65% 20.28% 0.79% 2.43% 0.09%
2000 (Hispanic only) 4.10% 0.59% 0.12% 0.04% 0.02%
2005 (total population) 76.01% 21.51% 0.79% 3.01% 0.09%
2005 (Hispanic only) 5.39% 0.58% 0.14% 0.04% 0.02%
Growth 2000–05 (total population) 5.37% 14.20% 7.91% 33.58% 12.73%
Growth 2000–05 (non-Hispanic only) 3.36% 14.46% 4.94% 34.00% 15.17%
Growth 2000–05 (Hispanic only) 41.33% 5.47% 24.81% 8.81% 2.86%

Delaware Historical Populations

Delaware Historical Populations
Census Population
1790 59,096
1800 64,273 8.8%
1810 72,674 13.1%
1820 72,749 0.1%
1830 76,748 5.5%
1840 78,085 1.7%
1850 91,532 17.2%
1860 112,216 22.6%
1870 125,015 11.4%
1880 146,608 17.3%
1890 168,493 14.9%
1900 184,735 9.6%
1910 202,322 9.5%
1920 223,003 10.2%
1930 238,380 6.9%
1940 266,505 11.8%
1950 318,085 19.4%
1960 446,292 40.3%
1970 548,104 22.8%
1980 594,338 8.4%
1990 666,168 12.1%
2000 783,600 17.6%
Est. 2009 885,122 13.0%

Delaware Population Statistics

  • The statistical data provided after a thorough study of the demographics of the state of Delaware tells us of the liberal attitude of the people residing here. Out of the total population of this state Irish immigrants make up for 16.6% whereas people of German ancestry make up for 14.3%. Around 12.1% of the people have had English ancestors.

  • Italians are not as dominant as they are in other states but they are represented by 9.3% of the total residing population in the state ofDelaware . This state also boasts of the largest population of African American descent (19.2%) when compared to other states located in the north of Maryland.

  • Even in the past, prior to the Civil War era, the state of Delaware had the maximum percentage of free African Americans (17% of the then total population).

  • As per census and other references, it is clear that Delaware is rightly considered as the sixth most thickly populated state in the US. As a matter of fact, the population density is an astonishing 442.6 people per square mile.

  • This number exceeds the national average by 356.4. The state of Delaware is considered to be one of the states in US which does not have a city boasting a population of 100,000 or more.

  • These numbers though were the outcome of a research done way back in 2007; it is likely that the situation might have changed now. A huge chunk of the total population is concentrated in and around New Castle County in Townsend.

Delaware Languages

  • Due to the eclectic mix of cultures in this state, a wide variety of languages are spoken in Delaware. The most dominant language however is English and nearly 90.5% of the total population of the state converse in English at home.

  • Technically, the second most spoken language in Delaware is Spanish as 4.7% use this language. The third in this category is French, as this language is spoken by 0.7% of the population. Two languages share the equal percentage and figure at the fourth position in this list.

  • Both German and Chinese languages are used by about 0.5% each of the total population of the state. The bill to make English the official language ofDelaware was rejected by the members of the House as well as the Senate.

Delaware Religion

  • The most widely practiced religion in the state of Delaware is Christianity, although when the demographics come in to the picture, one also has to concentrate on the details like the various sections of Christianity.

  • Three of these most dominant sections are Catholic Christians, Mainline Protestant Christians and Evangelical Protestant Christians. The number of catholic Christians trumps others as their number is the highest (151,740).

  • The United Methodist Church has approximately 59,471 followers whereas the Presbyterian Church which has 14,880 followers. The United Methodist Church has the highest number in term of congregations. The Catholic Church has 46 congregations in all.

  • There are around 20,000 Jews who are American citizens in the state of Delaware. These people depend on Jewish Community Center situated in Brandywine which is located near Wilmington.

  • There are a lot of other educational and cultural institutions which are provided support by the Jewish Federation. A lot of synagogues like Congregation Beth Emeth, Congregation Beth Shalom, Adas Kodesh Shel Emeth can be found across the state ofDelaware.

  • The A.U.M.P church is the oldest demonization of the African Americans in this state. This historical institution was established in Wilmington. Other religious institutions only speak about the diverse immigrant population moving to Delaware. A good example of this statement is the Islamic mosque that has been built in the area of Ogletown. The state of Delaware also has a Hindu temple situated in Hockessin. Both these institutions cater to the Hindus and Muslims living in Delaware.

  • Methodist – 20%
  • Baptist – 19%
  • No Religion – 17%
  • Roman Catholic – 9%
  • Lutheran – 4%
  • Presbyterian – 3%
  • Pentecostal – 3%
  • Episcopalian/Anglican - 2%
  • Seventh-day Adventist - 2%
  • Churches of Christ - 1%
  • Other Christian – 3%
  • Muslim - 2%
  • Jewish - 1%
  • Other – 5%
  • Refused - 9%