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Elsmere, Delaware - Basic Facts

The Town of Elsmere had a population of 6,486 as of July 1, 2017. Elsmere ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Delaware. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Elsmere is located at latitude 39.7385 and longitude -75.5946 in New Castle County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Elsmere (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. New Castle County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 98 feet.

The Town of Elsmere (GNIS ID: 2390170) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Delaware is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Elsmere is located within Lower Christiana Division of New Castle County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Elsmere population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Elsmere, DE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 6,486
Daytime Population: Workers 2,438
Daytime Population: Residents 3,393
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,831
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.90
Population in Households 6,481
Population in Familes 4,977
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density2 6,444
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $49,840
Average Household Income $58,990
Per Capita Income $23,302


Total Housing Units 2,799 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,565 (55.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 995 (35.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 239 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $170,351
Average Home Value $175,335


Total Households 2,560
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 1,560
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.78% 0.43%
Households 0.76% 0.47%
Families 0.6% 0.29%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   2.69%

Elsmere, DE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elsmere to the other 77 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Delaware by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 18 78th
Population Density # 3 97th
Diversity Index # 4 96th
Median Household Income # 62 21st
Per Capita Income # 61 22nd

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