Sussex County, DE

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2020 Population
230,249
2.61% 1-year growth
US Senator
Tom Carper
Democratic Party
US Senator
Chris Coons
Democratic Party
US Representative
Lisa Blunt Rochester
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
50.3
1.41% 1-year increase
2018 Poverty Rate
11.7%
2.53% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$64,905
2.76% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$269,700
4.29% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
100,878
1.57% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Sussex County, DE had a population of 230k people with a median age of 50.3 and a median household income of $64,905. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Sussex County, DE grew from 224,384 to 230,249, a 2.61% increase and its median household income grew from $63,162 to $64,905, a 2.76% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sussex County, DE are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (11.2%), White (Hispanic) (6.39%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.73%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.66%).

None of the households in Sussex County, DE reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.1% of the residents in Sussex County, DE are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Sussex County, DE are Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology (51 degrees awarded in 2020) and Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center (29 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Sussex County, DE was $269,700, and the homeownership rate was 81.1%.

Most people in Sussex County, DE drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Sussex County, DE was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Sussex County, DE is home to a population of 230k people, from which 96.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 7.01% of Sussex County, DE residents were born outside of the country (16.1k people).

In 2020, there were 6.69 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (172k people) in Sussex County, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 14.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.1%
2020 Citizenship
95.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.1% of Sussex County, DE residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, 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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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sussex County, DE
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    172k ± 1.19k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    25.7k ± 739
  3. White (Hispanic)
    14.7k ± 1.24k
9.22%
Hispanic Population
21.2k people

In 2020, there were 6.69 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (172k people) in Sussex County, DE than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 14.7k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9.22% of the people in Sussex County, DE are hispanic (21.2k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    14,666 ± 2,951 people
  2. India
    10,722 ± 2,528 people
  3. China
    6,154 ± 1,920 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Delaware was Mexico, the natal country of 14,666 Delaware residents, followed by India with 10,722 and China with 6,154.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.01%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
16.1k people
7.41%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
16.6k people

As of 2020, 7.01% of Sussex County, DE residents (16.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sussex County, DE was 7.41%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    8,447 ± 637
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,743 ± 314
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,584 ± 277

Sussex County, DE has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Sussex County, DE employs 101k people. The largest industries in Sussex County, DE are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,829 people), Retail Trade (12,878 people), and Construction (9,638 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,887), Information ($55,357), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,847).

Males in Delaware have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,413. The income inequality in Delaware (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

101k
2020 Value
± 2,543
1.57%
1 Year growth
± 3.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sussex County, DE grew at a rate of 1.57%, from 99.3k employees to 101k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sussex County, DE, are Sales & Related Occupations (12,083 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,258 people), and Management Occupations (10,705 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sussex County, DE.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

101k
2020 Value
± 2,543
1.57%
1 Year growth
± 3.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sussex County, DE grew at a rate of 1.57%, from 99.3k employees to 101k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sussex County, DE, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,829 people), Retail Trade (12,878 people), and Construction (9,638 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$41,225
Median earning men ± $1,059
$32,427
Median earning women ± $1,036

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($75,820), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,366), and Public Administration ($56,250).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($42,418), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($42,236), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,906).

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,853
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,399
    Retail Trade
  3. 1,162
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $1.42M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $1.41M
    Manufacturing
  3. $414k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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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. $13.6B
  2. $5.96B
  3. $5.56B

In 2020, the top outbound Delaware product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $13.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($5.96B) and Plastics/rubber ($5.56B).

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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$65.7B
2020 Value in Delaware
$143B
Projected 2050 Value in Delaware
117% growth

In 2020, total outbound Delaware trade was $65.7B. This is expected to increase 117% to $143B by 2050.

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. $9.43B
  2. $4.99B
  3. $4.82B

In 2020, the top outbound Delaware domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Pennsylvania with $9.43B, followed by New Jersey with $4.99B and Ohio and $4.82B.

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

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flagCivics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Sussex County, DE went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.775%).

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 Lisa Blunt Rochester in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

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 Sussex County, DE

Lisa Blunt Rochester
Delaware at-large Representative
Democratic Party

Sussex 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 Sussex County, DE have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Sussex County, DE awarded 80 degrees. The student population of Sussex County, DE in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 15 male students and 117 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Sussex County, DE are White (59 and 73.8%), followed by Black or African American (13 and 16.3%), Hispanic or Latino (4 and 5%), and Two or More Races (4 and 5%).

The largest universities in Sussex County, DE by number of degrees awarded are Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology (51 and 63.7%) and Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Medical Center (29 and 36.3%).

The most popular majors in Sussex County, DE are Registered Nursing (29 and 36.3%), General Cosmetology (25 and 31.3%), and Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (21 and 26.3%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 132 students enrolled in Sussex County, DE, 11.4% men and 88.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 96 records, of which 88.5% were women and 11.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
29 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for 2 to 4 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Sussex County, DE was Registered Nursing with 29 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 2 to 4 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Sussex County, DE according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 51 degrees awarded
  2. 29 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Delaware Learning Institute of Cosmetology with 51 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 3 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Sussex County, DE, which is 0.039 times less than the 77 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 59 degrees mean that there were 4.54 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 13 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($6,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($2,200) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.567% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.622% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (241k), Some college (160k), and Bachelors Degree (137k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Sussex County, DE was $269,700 in 2020, which is 1.17 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $258,600 to $269,700, a 4.29% increase. The homeownership rate in Sussex County, DE is 81.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Sussex County, DE have an average commute time of 26.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sussex County, DE is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Sussex County, DE is $64,905. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Sussex County, DE was Census Tract 511.01 with a value of $167,083, followed by Census Tract 512.02 and Census Tract 507.06, with respective values of $129,375 and $110,625.

In 2021, 14.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Sussex County, DE. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.43%.

Property

$269,700
Median Property Value 2020
±$5,308
$76,401
Median Property Taxes
±$1,971

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Sussex County, DE compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

81.1%
Homeownership
2020
67.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 81.1% of the housing units in Sussex County, DE were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 511.01
  2. Census Tract 512.02
  3. Census Tract 507.06

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sussex County, DE was Census Tract 511.01 with a value of $167,083, followed by Census Tract 512.02 and Census Tract 507.06, with respective values of $129,375 and $110,625.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$64,905
Median Household Income
± $2,081
94.2k
Number of Households
± 2,420

In 2020, the median household income of the 94.2k households in Sussex County, DE grew to $64,905 from the previous year's value of $63,162.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sussex County, DE is from Delaware.
0.462
2020 Wage GINI in Delaware
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in Delaware

In 2020, the income inequality in Delaware was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2019 to 2020, 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Delaware across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (82%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.03%)
  3. Carpooled (7.54%)

In 2020, 82% of workers in Sussex County, DE drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.03%) and those who carpooled to work (7.54%).

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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Commute Time

26.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sussex County, DE have a shorter commute time (26.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.09% of the workforce in Sussex County, DE have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 14.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Sussex County, DE. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 1.43%.

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Poverty & Diversity

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 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 22.8% of the children was living in poverty in Sussex County, DE. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 5.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 406 in Sussex County, DE. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 127 per 100,000 population.

The graph shows the trend in the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population.

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93.6% of the population of Sussex County, DE has health coverage, with 38.5% on employee plans, 18.5% on Medicaid, 21.6% on Medicare, 13.9% 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 1615 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.373% increase from the previous year (1609 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4109 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 506 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.2% were men and 52.8% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Delaware, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,615 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Sussex County, DE

Primary care physicians in Sussex County, DE see an average of 1,615 patients per year. This represents a 0.373% increase from the previous year (1,609 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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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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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 19.9% under 18 years, 15.1% between 18 and 34 years, 37.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 27.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.2% were men and 52.8% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

6.38%
Uninsured
38.5%
Employer Coverage
18.5%
Medicaid
21.6%
Medicare
13.9%
Non-Group
1.11%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sussex County, DE declined by 4.63% from 6.69% to 6.38%.

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 Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.2 in Sussex County, DE.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.3% in Sussex County, DE.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 9.08% in Sussex County, DE.

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